Tennis Ball Machine which one is fastest mph/spin. Can it be hacked for faster speed.

#1
They are advertised as 80mph but to me it doesn't seem nearly that speed. Have had a few and they are substantially slower. Has anyone modded one?
 
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#2
The portable ones (Tennis Tutor, etc) don't throw very fast. Don't believe they can be modded.

My solution was to buy an old Match Mate from the 80's. Got lucky and found one for $150 in perfect condition (family had bought it for their daughter in the 80's for high school and it's sat in the garage ever since). It's a pain to transport. But it throws faster than any opponent I've ever played.

Realistically, what you want to do is try to find a used FULL SIZED Playmate. Those are good machines and will do what you want them to do. Probably have to spend $2K+ for a good used one. Cost $5K-$10K new. But rich people are always getting tired of their toys and selling them off. Just have to watch and be patient. May have to be willing to travel a bit to pick it up.
 
#3
They are advertised as 80mph but to me it doesn't seem nearly that speed. Have had a few and they are substantially slower. Has anyone modded one?
I've got a Lobster Grand Elite and I'm pretty sure the "speed" setting can be cranked up to 95mph (shown on the digital lcd screen & iphone/iwatch remotes). And I believe it! I've had my machine almost 8 years now. I'm a 4.0-4.5 player and I almost never program/set the speed beyond 65mph. I've never checked it with a radar gun but I can tell you that 60, 65, 70 mph setting on my Lobster is a very FAST, HARD, DENSE BALL....even with underspin or topspin!! Again, I've not "verified" the actual speed, but almost no-one I hit/play with (4.0 - 5.0 players & many college players) are consistently hitting at the above speeds my machine produces. And keep in mind that those speeds are no where near the MAX speed the machine is capable.
 

toby55555

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#4
My Lobster Elite One is plenty fast at op speed too, certainly not faced opponents hitting with such venom. Where it falls down is on top spin which has no real acceleration off the court.
 

IowaGuy

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#5
Even one of the cheapest ball machines, Silent Partner Edge Lite ($595 on sale), has such high power and high spin potential that most folks have it dialed in at ~50% of its capacity.

i.e. on my Silent Partner I don't use the speed above 5/10 and the topspin above 2/5, otherwise it's so fast/spinny that it's not realistic for anything at the rec level except perhaps a 1st serve.
 
#6
After extensive research, I invested in what I felt was the most feature rich, programmable ball machine available in 2010. The machine exceeded my expectations in practically every category, manner. There have been no mechanical, electrical, battery, remote or reliability issues. From what I've read here on TT forums, along with other billboards, customer reviews, etc. ---- irrespective of the company or brand ---- when it comes to the "most common, popular, major brands" of ball machines (the ones overwhelmingly and typically discussed here) ---- practically every owner/user is quite happy and very satisfied with their machine & purchase!

I know for me & mine, and I suspect with most others, these machines are invaluable! The various drills, shots, angles, parameters, practice, exercise, etc. that one can utilize and benefit from is practically innumerable.

But are they perfect? No! Do they closely mimic real players, shots, balls, etc.? I think definitely - yes! Have they helped my game, improved my conditioning, made me a better tennis player? WITHOUT DOUBT! However, there is definitely room for various improvements, tweeks, options, choices, etc. And I believe this technology is already available and will exponentially increase (robotics). And I want it!! And when it becomes available, if priced at all reasonable or similar to before, I will buy it!!
 
#7
After extensive research, I invested in what I felt was the most feature rich, programmable ball machine available in 2010. The machine exceeded my expectations in practically every category, manner. There have been no mechanical, electrical, battery, remote or reliability issues. From what I've read here on TT forums, along with other billboards, customer reviews, etc. ---- irrespective of the company or brand ---- when it comes to the "most common, popular, major brands" of ball machines (the ones overwhelmingly and typically discussed here) ---- practically every owner/user is quite happy and very satisfied with their machine & purchase!

I know for me & mine, and I suspect with most others, these machines are invaluable! The various drills, shots, angles, parameters, practice, exercise, etc. that one can utilize and benefit from is practically innumerable.

But are they perfect? No! Do they closely mimic real players, shots, balls, etc.? I think definitely - yes! Have they helped my game, improved my conditioning, made me a better tennis player? WITHOUT DOUBT! However, there is definitely room for various improvements, tweeks, options, choices, etc. And I believe this technology is already available and will exponentially increase (robotics). And I want it!! And when it becomes available, if priced at all reasonable or similar to before, I will buy it!!
There's the problem. The market is too small to focus on this, and if they did put it in, there would be a huge premium because the thought would be these people really want this so let's make money! I'm not saying that is wrong, just what the reality will be.
 
#9
Has anyone here used the spinshot player and what are your thoughts on it and the speed, would you recommend it, et cetera?
nop i dont recommend it to be honest.

I have the Player version, which is the top of the line... and if it were today I would have gone Silent Partner or spinfire
 
#10
I did buy the spinshot player and returned it for a full refund less than 2 weeks later. I found that the balls came out very slow. The wireless connection constantly dropped making your phone, as a remote, useless. The machine claimed to hold somewhere in the neighborhood of 120 balls but after 80 it seemed pretty maxed out. The machine was overly complex and I am sure that there are better options out there for the same price point.
 
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