Cheap compact basic ball machine $250

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  1. JEDI MASTER

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    Saw this on FB. On Kickster shortly $250
    Not to bad for basic hitting.

    http://www.slingerbag.com
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  2. onehandbh

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    Cheap, Fast, Quality.

    Pick 1 or 2 and hopefully not the 4th — getting scammed.
     
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  3. WarrenMP

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    Looks cool. Lets see how it will play out on kickstarter
     
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  4. Chotobaka

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    If it doesn't work as a ball machine, it should make one heck of a cooler.
     
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  5. gmatheis

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    250 will be the kickstarter price, retail will be 400.

    only holds 35 balls.

    Looks interesting for those times when you want to hit a few balls but don't have anyone to do it with.
     
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  6. krisdrum

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    Believe it will hold 70 balls when fully open. 35 with the bag closed. I'm waiting on more info. I just bought a 28 ball capacity Tennis Twist that is lighter and as basic as they come. So interested to see how this stacks up against that.
     
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  8. Bennis3037

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    Looks like a cool product.

    If you sign up for the notification, you get to see the packages they offer.

    Very very strange packages. E.g. the first package is the machine only. Second package is the machine + 3 tennis balls.

    Why on earth would anyone want to buy 3. THREE. tennis balls with a new ball machine lol?
     
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  9. Karma Tennis

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    I think very clever and considerate.

    It's like a situation where you buy an electronic toy but it doesn't come with the batteries in the package.

    You unwrap the toy, set it up, and then realise you need batteries. If you don't have any handy the delay in getting them sours the experience.

    So with this Ball Machine, you get it, unpack it, and it includes some tennis balls ready to test right out of the box.

    Nice touch!
     
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  10. Bennis3037

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    Yes, they have package with more than three balls. But I am saying it just seems pointless to offer 3 balls for a ball machine package. The minimum should be higher.

    They are Wilson US balls too. If I were them I would be offering a Tretorn or similar pressureless ball for the longevity.

    Just me being picky though!
     
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  11. muddlehead

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    OK. I like it. Questions. Do I need a smart phone to use it? Anything tricky about recharging the battery? Signed up on their site. Guess they'll send an email and I pay. Correct? Thanks in advance.
     
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  12. IowaGuy

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    I would personally spend a couple hundred more and get the Silent Partner Lite. $595 last I checked...

    Doesn't look like the sling can actually shoot out a very fast tennis ball, i.e. they have it set up near the service line...
     
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  13. gmatheis

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    First I have NOTHING to do with this company.

    Now, what the heck is wrong with people these days. Is it too much effort to click a few keys and read a few words. Everything below I learned very quickly simply by watching their video and reading their web site and their responses on their facebook ads.

    -No you don't need a smart phone to use it, but it can charge your phone.

    -It shoots balls at up to 80mph (at least they claim it can)

    -There is a small teaser video on their facebook page, but more information and video is expected when they actually launch their Kickstarter campaign.

    -as for buying it you can get in on kickstarter for $250 but as with any kickstarter it may or may not make it to full production ... that's the risk you take. If you aren't comfortable with that you can wait for it to be sold directly for about $400.

    -kickstarter is expected soon (like this month) and ball machines are expected in the fall.

    Now quit being so lazy.
     
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  14. krisdrum

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    Yet another caveat to Kickstarter. They are raising money to fund the venture. Nothing has been actually produced, besides maybe a handful of prototypes. They'll use your promise money to set up manufacturing, etc. So, you commit to buy one and then have to wait. I've had mixed results with on-time delivery. I've had products go multiple months past expected delivery date. So, you run the risk of not getting a machine until winter or beyond if their proposed timeframe is fall.
     
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  15. IowaGuy

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    If it shoots balls up to 80 MPH, why would they have it set up near the opponent's service line for practice?
     
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  16. gmatheis

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    No clue, but who says they “have to”

    How about just be patient until they actually launch their kickstarter and then ask any questions you still have.

    Personally I am sort of in the market to buy a ball machine, and by that I mean I want one but don’t need one. So I will probably keep an eye on this unless I find a really good deal elsewhere (almost found one over the weekend but another buyer beat me to it)
     
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  17. IowaGuy

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    You might miss a couple tennis seasons waiting for this to come out. By that time you would have already gotten your money's worth from a nice $600 machine like the Silent Partner... :)

    Personally, I don't see the need for a ball machine to fill the performance gap between a ~$300 tennis twist and the $600 Silent Partner. YMMV...
     
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    To simulate an opponent volleying at the net, of course. ;):rolleyes:;)
     
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    ***What the heck is wrong with people these days. Is it too much effort to click a few keys and read a few words. Everything below I learned very quickly simply by watching their video and reading their web site and their responses on their facebook ads.
    Now quit being so lazy.***


    Easy ace. Saw the video on their website. Don't do the facebook thing. Don't have a smart phone. Not familiar with Kickstarter particulars. Despite what you say - I'm good enough. I'm smart enough. And, doggone it, people like me.
     
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  20. IowaGuy

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    Or that it doesn't have enough juice to feed a proper shot while set up back at the baseline :)
     
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  21. gmatheis

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    I agree Silent Partner makes a great machine, and not only did I used to have one but I also recommend them to people asking about which machine to buy on these boards.

    I wish I never sold my Silent Partner
     
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  22. Ruark

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    Same here, those balls look like they're barely moving.
     
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  23. gmatheis

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    they have said it shoots at 80mph which is the same as most machines except silent partner which claims 95mph
     
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  24. Ruark

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    If it really can shoot at 80 mph, I'm surprised they don't show it in their advertising, sitting back at a baseline throwing deep balls.
     
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    If their kickstarter campaign were underway and they released a regular video rather than just a teaser I'd agree with you.
     
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  26. gmatheis

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    it's live on kickstarter with a better video and some more information etc ...

    as of right now (i thin it just went live like an hour ago) they have over 9000 of their 25000 goal
     
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    Just got an e-mail that they made 100% in 45 minutes. Delivery expected in October.
     
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  28. gmatheis

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    I went out to cut the grass (less than 30 minutes) and now they are over 42,000 !
     
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  29. krisdrum

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    It looks pretty promising. I just can't justify another $200+ after spending about that a month ago on a Tennis Twist. But it is pretty tempting.
     
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  31. GeoffHYL

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    Interesting product, but won't ship until October. I think the integrated racquet storage is a mistake, should just have a good way to attach a separate bag.
     
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    I am interested in the product but kind of confused with the options.... what is the difference between pledging the $219 option vs the $239 option?
     
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  33. gmatheis

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    I think their motivation for that was someone who doesn't play a lot can just keep everything contained in one unit.
    $219 is the early bird pricing only good for first 36 (or maybe 48) hours but you get charged some for shipping also (was $20 for me) so my total was $239


    The other packages with cans of tennis balls doesn't make sense to me, not sure why they were even included. They should have done a package with Tretorn MicroX pressureless balls maybe.
     
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  34. Bennis3037

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    The slinger seems extremely suss to me.

    It seems like it was made by someone who doesn't really have a clue about tennis.

    The fact they offer regular tennis balls is the first warning for me.

    The second is that the video on the kickstarter only shows them hitting balls at the net (even groundstrokes but from the net).
     
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    I messaged them and asked a few questions.

    - Machine can be used full court with top speed of 80mph.
    - Cannot adjust spin on the machine. Only speed and frequency
    - Machine can be set so that it passes you balls. For situations like practicing the serve.
    - Can only launch balls in a straight line
    - No remote
     
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  36. JEDI MASTER

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    this is perfect when i'm coaching the HS tennis team. Straight line launch is all they need to practice their ground strokes...
    as for the remote.. i'm planning on adding a simple $15-20 remote to simply turn off the ball feed....

    https://www.outletpc.com/c7265.html?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIpvbZsbOL2wIVkVmGCh0dyg_HEAQYBCABEgIPvfD_BwE
     
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