Silent Partner Ball Machines better than Tennis Tutor???

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  1. Leelord337

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    Just wondering if Silent partner ball machines are better than the tennis tutor machines. I had a tennis tutor pro lite w/oscillation and it was great but didn't hit spin so i sold it. How good is the spin on the SP machines? does it really traject the balls at 95mph, or does it feel like it? Any feedback will be greatly appreciated.
     
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  2. dcottrill

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    As a SP Pro owner, I am very happy with my machine. However, I've never used any other ball machine, so I really have nothing to compare it to.

    Regarding spin...I think it is a useful feature. However, I usually dial in just a small amount of spin. The machine is capable of putting way more spin on the ball than any human could do, and the result feels somewhat "artificial." But, if you really want to crank up the speed, you're going to need quite a bit of spin just to keep the ball in the court. I do this from time to time just for fun, but as a practical matter, you're not going to see those kind of shots from your average opponent - unless you play with MUCH better players than I do.

    Good luck with your decision.
     
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  3. mrw

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    ^^^^^^^^^

    Ditto that + I can say I have been using my SP Pro several times a week since spring without a hiccup from it.

    I would buy another SP in a heart beat. Highly recommended.
     
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  4. tntmail

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    Sold my first TTutor

    I sold my first TTutor after 3 weeks on **** as well for two reasons.

    No spin, but more importantly random and emulation modes. It's more realistic
    than even 2 line narrow or wide with spin.

    Short shots, long shots, top spin, slice and random directions. I give it
    about a 5 out of 10 for realism. (Player Model)
     
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  5. In D Zone

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    SP Pro produces great spin on the ball, adjustable feed timing and oscillation. It really helped improved my backhand especially on service returns - kick serve.

    Only down side is that SP eats up on the ball so you'll end up with a lot of fuzz in and around the machine. It's rightfully so considering how tight the wheel grabs on to the ball. This is very minor inconvinence considering the amount of workout you get from the machine.

    I used mine aleast once a week in the summer and now when the weather holds up in the fall. SP is the best!
     
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  6. mrw

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    Yup, it can rip the crap out of balls. I replace mine about every 2 months of heavy usage. This is my 1st machine so , I don't know if all machines do this.
     
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  7. pmata814

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    I don't know about the SP but I have a Wilson B-machine (which is made by sports tutor) and it is great. I've had it for about 3 yrs now and I've never had a problem with it. I recently added a remote to it and it works great.

    Like somebody else here already mentioned...I set my spin at about 1.5 because anything more is very unrealistic. The ball speed on the wilson is supposed to be much less than the SP but it really doesn't matter as I never have used it past level 6.
     
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  8. In D Zone

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    Took the SP out last Monday, there was a guy on the court who's playing with the TT. I noticed that his machine did not leave any fuzz on the court, I mean he had over 200 balls spread all over the court. I only played with 70 balls (Slazengers - using it for 2 months) and there is still fuzz all over.
     
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  9. tntmail

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    TTutor and Fuzz

    I use Slazengers w/ my TT Player. The fuzz collects inside the machine.
    It's a little different than other TT's Ive seen with concave wheels.
     
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  10. bbzz24

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    is that pressureless balls? what brand?
     
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  11. mctennis

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    I love my Tennis Tudor machine. I'd not buy anything else. IMHO.
     
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  12. Hewitt Aussie

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    get pressureless balls.
     
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