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This is what it is all about. Getting creative is the key to maximizing ball machines. Volleying those feeds from under the tape over and over again at a rapid feed rate is one of my favorite practices. Sounds like you and your son have this thing figured out.I hear you. Yesterday I set up some drills for my son and set the machine up to put a sitter at the service line on the FH side. I had him take the first one deep to the CC corner, second ball CC short angle, then step in and take the third as a volley, after which I hit pause on the remote and feed him an overhead. Repeat on the BH side.
It worked really well. Sure, I would have liked to be able to program a deep, short, and volley feed separately, but couldn't afford a machine 2x or 3X as much.
The other fun thing we did (after grooving repetitive volleys) was set it up to feed dipper passing shots on oscillation. Even though you kind of see where the ball is going, the short reaction time and footwork needed to get a good volley is pretty realistic and challenging. The key here is to up the feed rate so your always on your toes.
We're on our third session and loving it. Trying to get creative with drilling.