Ball machine propped up to hit serves?

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  1. matchpoints

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    I'm thinking about buying a portable ball machine with spin option and put it on a 6 ft stand of some sort. What I'm wondering is, how much 'kick' is there when it feeds a ball? Also, can the trajectory on most machines be made to aim lower to imitate a serve from such height? Now I just need some sort of an idea on how to build a portable stand of such. If anyone knows of a pre-made one, please share.
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  2. freewalker

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    Interesting idea. Please keep us updated on your progress.

    I am looking at different portable ball machines and have not decided which one to buy. It seems that many people reccommend Tennis Tutor.

    Good luck,
     
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  3. thejackal

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    In theory any powerful portable machine should do the trick.
     
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  4. gmlasam

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    I actually seen someone doing just that. This person had a tennis tutor propped up with plastic creates along with bunge cords and placed it around the service box in the oppsite side of the net. He tilted the tennis tutor to shoot within the corners on the oppsite service box to help him work on return serves. It worked pretty good, but since he had the power to about max, the tennis ball machine would move back every now and then and he had to keep adjusting.

    Man, the things you can do with a ball machine.
     
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  5. Ronaldo

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    Back in the days when pneumatic machines like the Lobster were only seen, there was an attachment, a long PVC pipe that was at least 8 ft long which shot a ball down into the service court to practice serves. SPTennis has something called the lift as an accessory to enable return of serve practice. But frankly, the most difficult returns were from someone serving half speed from the other service line instead of the baseline. They will not get tired and kick serves were awesome due to the trajectory inside the court.
     
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  6. matchpoints

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    Are you kidding? When I do this, I serve every 3-4 seconds and the drill lasts about 15 minutes. That's the most tiring drill evAr! Just the thought is making me reach for my Motrins.

    I've never had the pleasure to hite returns, but the guests seem to do pretty well and returning even if I hit 75% pace as long as I don't serve out wide.

    So, I was calculating and realized I won't have enough money to buy a ball machine after I buy a new stringer. !!!!!!!!!!!!! Gah!!!!
     
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  7. Ronaldo

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    matchpoints, last time I did that drill only had a hopper of ~60 balls so it was over quickly. That was also at least 10 yrs ago and we switched after picking up the balls. IMHO, teaching pros must be made of steel to stand on cement for hours feeding balls.
     
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  8. Marc C.

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    Why would you waste time making this elaborate set up when you hit way more groundstrokes than serve returns during the course of a match. Just hitting groundstrokes will help with your return of serve.
     
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  9. matchpoints

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    because returning serves is half the game. serving is the other half that gets the point started. if i can't get a return in, then my groundstrokes are useless. when i said getting my return in, i mean to say returning effectively so the opponent doesn't get an easy shot for a winner or a setup. another thing to note is that when your opponent serves he's in total control and his serve is not depending on your previous return since their isn't any. also the elevation plays a different role and we're both not running around the court. Not to mention that's my weakest part of the game. shhhhh.....don't tell anyone.

    Good news is that I went out a few days ago and improved my returns dramatically by making a few small changes. If anyone is interested, I can start a new thread in the tips section. Wish I had a coach but right now, it's all about self correction by watching others and reading tips and what not....of course studying a little more physics helps understand why things happen on the tennis court and how to alter certain other things :)

    i hit all the time but rarely do i get to practice returns. most people on this board get their return practice during a match or what not.

    Ronaldo~ Our hopper probably holds about 70 balls or so but the thing is that as soon as one pair is done returning, they rotate clockwise so the people not returning are picking up balls. this way there's always balls inthe hopper :) sucks for me, good for them. But I enjoy helping as much as I can so time goes by very quickly so it's not as bad as some people might think. Just gotta have fun man.
     
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  10. Ronaldo

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    Just two of us used that drill so we spent more time picking up balls than drilling. But the outdoor courts were calling our name at 6 am.
     
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