Questions about Lobster ball machines

Discussion in 'Other Equipment' started by eugkim, Aug 2, 2014.

  1. eugkim

    eugkim New User

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    I am considering getting a Lobster ball machine, probably the Elite Grand V or V LE. I've seen mostly positive experiences with Lobster. I was actually considering purchasing from Amazon, as I get 2nd day free shipping. While on the Amazon site, I saw some negative reviews of Lobster, the first ones I've seen. I don't know if these should be taken with a grain of salt; it may be that the users didn't have experience.

    Anybody have any comments? The Lobster's portability is a huge factor in my decision, but I'd like to make sure I'm doing the right thing.
     
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  2. Rentaroo

    Rentaroo New User

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    I purchased an Elite Grand V earlier this year (I think February). My wife and I have used it many times. I ordered directly from Lobster.

    I'm happy with the machine. Calibrating the machine is very easy and I really don't understand how anyone could find the process difficult.

    I use Penn pressure-less balls in my machine, with good results. I've never experienced a ball jam and the consistency is good. The last time I used the machine (last week), I mixed a few Gamma pressure-less balls in with the Penn balls...I could definitely tell when a Gamma ball was thrown. I suspect people who think consistency is poor are using balls of varying age and/or type.

    I use the machine to practice ground strokes, volleys, overheads. The two-line function is nice. I've used several of the pre-programmed drills. The pre-programmed drills that utilize heavy backspin will dump balls into the net. I have not tried any creative calibration techniques to see if I can correct this issue...maybe next time.

    It's true that you can only change the feed rate for the pre-programmed drills...that is by design and the whole point of a pre-programmed drill. Evidently that concept is lost on some people. If you want to change speed, spin, elevation, location, feed rate...then program your own drill.

    The machine is portable and the weight is reasonable. The size of the wheels make rolling the machine on various surfaces very easy. I can fit the machine and a 150 ball hopper in the back of my car (Mazdaspeed 3) with no trouble.
     
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  3. Rentaroo

    Rentaroo New User

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    I forgot a couple items.

    When using various features (two-line function, as an example), the machine will place limits on the speed, spin, and elevation options. For example, if you want the ball to land near the base line and with heavy topspin, you are limited on ball speed. If you want the ball to travel at a specific speed and land near the middle of the court, you may be limited on spin.

    The machine "knows" the distance to the various locations on court (close to net, middle of court, baseline) due to built in software, and therefore also knows the parameters necessary to put the ball where you want the ball to land.

    Some people may think this limits the machine's capabilities. I think it makes programming drills and setting-up shot locations that are consistent easier.
     
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