Tennis Tutor Ball Machine

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  1. Omega_7000

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    I'm an intermediate player trying to improve my ground strokes on a budget. :)

    Trying to decide between the following. Wanted to ask if anyone has experience with these models and any recommendations etc.

    1. SPORTS TUTOR Tennis Tutor Cube With Oscillator (630$)

    2. SPORTS TUTOR Tennis Tutor Prolite Battery Oscillator (800$)
     
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  2. newpball

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    Have you considered training at a wall?
     
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  3. Omega_7000

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    Yes. I've tried that and am beyond the stage where I can improve significantly hitting against a wall. I need to take it to the next level. Renting a ball machine costs 20$ an hour and I cannot find anyone that just wants to feed balls and practice. Playing matches isn't improving my game either...I find that I revert back to my old habits whenever I am playing matches.
     
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  4. West Coast Ace

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    There is a folder called 'Other Equipment' - we talk about ball machines there. You may not get much feedback here.

    I have a Silent Partner (after wearing out the iSam). Very happy with it.

    I don't use the oscillation. I don't find that feature good at emulating a match - if that's your reason for getting a ball machine, I'd say don't. Ball machines are great for practicing your strokes; making changes to your strokes; improving footwork (which hitting against a wall doesn't do); getting an awesome workout.
     
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  5. newpball

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    That is great.

    In what areas of your play do you think you can significantly improve?
     
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  6. Omega_7000

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    For example I don't swing through when hitting cross-court forehands and am inconsistent on my shots esp cross-court forehands, dtl backhands. Also want to improve my volleys and overheads.

    Also, when hitting backhands (i have a single-handed backhand), I tend to forget to change my grip and hit out of bounds when going for a topspin backhand...This results in me mostly using slice during matches.
     
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  7. Omega_7000

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    Thanks. You don't think oscillation helps with movement and transition from forehand to backhand which is one of my weaker areas.
     
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  8. West Coast Ace

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    You can set the machine up in non-oscillation mode and work on movement - my running BH is so much better now that I've been using the machine. I haven't hit with that many machines; so not claiming to be an expert - but I've never seen an oscillation setting that truly emulated FH to BH, back to FH, etc. motion well enough to count on it. Plus, just as I said about the wall, you know where the ball is going so you're already moving that way. So I set the machine up to hit to open space and do my own movement to get the same effect. If that's your main/only reason to get a machine you better find one to demo; maybe the top end machines do have better oscillation. I am more than happy just getting an awesome 90-120 min workout and hitting 500-650 balls.
     
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  9. kimguroo

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    In my opinion, Silent partner is the best machine for $$$ especially low budget.
    If you can spend $1500+, playmate might be the best.
    oscillation function does not help much because you can anticipate next ball.
    Some machines can feed balls any places.
    I played highend playmate and the machine can feed balls any place of the court so I had to prepare next ball without anticipating.
     
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  10. dak95_00

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    This should really be in the equipment section where there are many ball machine threads.

    As kimguroo said and I agree, you'll get more bang for your buck from Silent Partner. I've owned both machines (Tennis Tutor & SP).

    A big advantage to the ball machines is you get to see your ball landing in the court. A big disadvantage is lugging it around with many balls. It can only last as long as your ball supply or the battery supply. One can be replenished immediately and the other requires a nightly stop.

    The wall requires one ball and that is it. You can't see yourself over hitting. It will last as long as you will.

    Good luck.
     
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  11. West Coast Ace

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    Have you had issues with your SP battery? How long does a charge last? I traded up to the SP after 3 yrs with the basic iSam - I've had no problems with 2 hr sessions (with about 15 min of ball picking up). And it recharges a lot faster - the iSam was a good 12-14 hrs - the SP maybe 4-6 hrs.
     
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