View Full Version : Is spin and 25 mph faster worth 400$?

08-13-2006, 06:46 PM
My dad was looking at the I-SAM tennis ball machines, just the base models. They do 15-60 mph, weight around 30 lbs, hold like 200 balls, and don't do spin. They oscillate and can do lobs i believe.

If he intends for me to improve greatly with it, shouldn't i be working with a faster speed, and spin? I'm a 4.0 right now, but if i'm going to jump to 4.5 and HOPEFULLY a 5.0 eventually, won't i need something to simulate the strokes i'll be facing? The base model w/o spin and that only tops out at 60 is like 650-700$, with the version firing 85mph and having spin is like 1000-1100.

Personally i think that it's a big investment, and since it's only 10 lbs heavier, carries more balls, shoots faster, and can add spin....that we should just wait until i can save up for the remaining money and buy one. I won't be using it over the winter much, so i have plenty of time.

08-13-2006, 06:52 PM
Buy a demo from Sports Tutor, they are durable, reliable and you'll like the speed and spin the most. If you are a 4.0 player don't bother with the 60MPH machines.

08-13-2006, 06:55 PM
Don't bother with 60, why? Speed's my biggest asset on the court, and i took some lessons with a pro who slowed his shots down to 60 for me, and they seemed fine.

Btw, thanks for the quick response.

08-13-2006, 09:52 PM
He/she is saying that you'll be destroying that max 60mph machine in a matter of months (even weeks) so you might as well go for the better machine so it'll be challenging for you in the future when you are a 5.0 player. Besides, who doesn't like a challenge? You got the cash, go for the better machine.

No one wants a PlayStation 1 when they can get a PlayStation 2 =)

08-13-2006, 09:54 PM
Oh, and as far as being "worth $400" that's all relative. I'm a poor mofo and I'd like the $400 to go towards a world-class coach. (But if we're talking real world, I'd like the $400 to go towards food... and health insurance...okay, car insurance too... )

08-14-2006, 12:48 PM
No player that is 4.0 will improve by a great amount if they don't hit against a moderate topspin. I know players that are 4 and none hit flat. Flat is too easy to return meaning the 650-700$ is a waste and save up for the spin one or get a coach or something that won't waste that large amount of money.

08-14-2006, 01:23 PM
that's exactly what i said, roddick rulz. No 4.0 can hit a 60mph flat shot. If i can get used to 60mph tons of bricks (heavy) it'll be much better. For that much money, i'll gladly pay the extra to get spin.