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beks
09-09-2008, 07:33 PM
40 year old 3.5 player getting back into the game after 20 years, slight torn rotator cuff and minor tennis elbow. Weekend warrior with 3.5-4.0 players all 40-55yr...mostly fun recreational players here, love the game and love to stay in shape. Im looking for a ball machine, under $1000. Anyone with opinions of the Tennis tutor pro lite, vs Silent Partner Star vs Lobster Freedom. Feedback like ...is 60mph sufficient, is spin necessary..etc...also size, needs to fit in a sports car, with hopper and bag.

mrw
09-10-2008, 06:29 AM
SP Pro

what kind of sports car? Chances are, the machine will be riding in the rt seat if you own a 2 seater.

beks
09-10-2008, 07:59 AM
SP Pro

what kind of sports car? Chances are, the machine will be riding in the rt seat if you own a 2 seater.

'04 corvette coupe, all three of these machines will fit, but obviously the tt would take up the least amount of space, I am concerned if the tt top speed of 60mph will not bore me after some time, mostly because Im not sure how fast a ball I play now.

Il Mostro
09-10-2008, 08:37 AM
Put a thick beach towel on the seat & back and buckle it up. I think getting all but the most light weight (i.e. no feature) ball machines in and out of the trunk to be a very highly over-rated proposition.

jgn1013
09-10-2008, 08:44 AM
I have a tt lite, the problem is no spin which makes it very hard to crank it up to the maximum speed. I would suggest you get a tt with spin, maybe purchase on of the refurbished, it should be close to $1000.

you can't beat tt customer service & support!

beks
09-10-2008, 09:46 AM
[QUOTE=jgn1013;2703466]I have a tt lite, the problem is no spin which makes it very hard to crank it up to the maximum speed. QUOTE]

Does this mean you cant use the machine at its maximum speed of 60mph without the ball going out?

firstblud
09-10-2008, 09:53 AM
you can use top speed with no spin for volley practice

autumn_leaf
09-10-2008, 10:38 AM
is 60mph sufficient, is spin necessary

when was the last time you faced a guy with a fh of 60mph? the problem with practicing with even close to top speed is that you'll notice almost no one hits that fast frequently unless you're a top level player.

i like my machine with spin since so many players play with topspin these days. and it also helps with net clearance.

jgn1013
09-10-2008, 11:29 AM
[QUOTE=jgn1013;2703466]I have a tt lite, the problem is no spin which makes it very hard to crank it up to the maximum speed. QUOTE]

Does this mean you cant use the machine at its maximum speed of 60mph without the ball going out?

You can, just have to move the machine back from the baseline. Personally I can't remember the last time I used the machine at maximium speed. If i could afford the machine with spin, that would be the option I would choose.
I would get the tt plus demo version , it's a little over $1k but worth the price.

beks
09-10-2008, 01:39 PM
Thanks for all the great feed back!