Ball Machine Selection Help

Discussion in 'Other Equipment' started by beks, Sep 9, 2008.

  1. beks

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    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.
     
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  2. mrw

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

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    '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.
     
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  4. Il Mostro

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    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.
     
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  5. jgn1013

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    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!
     
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  6. beks

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    you can use top speed with no spin for volley practice
     
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  8. autumn_leaf

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    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.
     
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  10. beks

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    Thanks for all the great feed back!
     
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