Silent Partner ball machine

#1
I've been using my Silent Partner Edge Star ball machine for about a month now and generally happy with it. But one function that is mostly unusable is the sweep function. No matter how far or close to the net you set up the machine, the sweep hits every other ball either out or is a winner with too much angle. I'd like it to sweep just off to my backhand or forehand side without having to chase the sideline too much. But there is no adjustment to set a sweep angle. If this were available, the ball machine would be near ideal. Anyone else have the same issue with their ball machines, Silent Partner or otherwise? Thanks.
 

dak95_00

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#2
You should’ve upgraded to the “2 line feature” because that is what you are describing.

Otherwise lace up your shoes and prepare to run! Set the feed rate a little slower and run, run, run! It’s fun if you decide to enjoy the fact that you can’t beat that opponent.
 
#3
I have a silent partner too and I just adjust the feed rate so that balls come out "more" or "less" quickly, which shoots them out at various spots on the court, not always line to line. And yes, there are times when I just concede that I can't get to a ball and I let it go. No shame in that when you are practicing.
 
#4
I have the same issue with my Silent Partner and have not found a solution.
One idea that I need to try is move the machine up to mid court, turn down the speed, and try the sweep from there.
 
#5
I have the same issue with my Silent Partner and have not found a solution.
One idea that I need to try is move the machine up to mid court, turn down the speed, and try the sweep from there.
Already tried that per Steve's suggestion. The angle on the sweep becomes more deadly. The only solution I've found is to ignore the really wide shots and just go after the ones in your hitting zone. That's one out of every 2 or 3 balls. Impossible to simulate a rally this way. I wonder if other brands of ball machines with oscillate function has the same issue.
 
#6
You can see the machine move, just move a bit with it before it shoots the ball.

Otherwise like someone stated you need the 2-line, which starts on the "scoop quest" model I believe
 
#7
You can see the machine move, just move a bit with it before it shoots the ball.

Otherwise like someone stated you need the 2-line, which starts on the "scoop quest" model I believe
Yes, start running to the side you know its going. But that means more running, less practice of your strokes.
 
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