Where do you take your ball machine?

Discussion in 'Other Equipment' started by splink779, Oct 7, 2006.

  1. splink779

    splink779 Guest

    Those of you that use them, where and when do you use them? I would imagine it is not so easy to use them on public courts where you make huge messes with balls rolling everywhere. And not everyone has a private backyard court. I'm thinking of getting one but I just don't see myslef finding a good place to use it.
  2. ffrpg

    ffrpg Professional

    Apr 11, 2004
    Public courts. There aren't very many options.
  3. SpinItIn

    SpinItIn New User

    May 6, 2006
    Public courts, and a couple of the local high school courts outside of their regular varsity season. I'm a morning person during the week so I just get up early on the weekend too and beat the crowd. I have noticed that it seems easier to roll out of the rack to go hit balls than it does to go to work :)

    When there are others around (e.g. weekday evenings) I just try to get one of the end courts and hit mostly crosscourt toward the corners. Requires moving the machine & switching ends occasionally, but seems a lot more courteous than continuously rolling balls into the adjacent court.
  4. dcottrill

    dcottrill Rookie

    Aug 28, 2006
    Don't have a machine yet, but when I do, I'll be taking it to public courts. It's amazing how many nice courts there are around here with nobody on them.
  5. darkblue

    darkblue Semi-Pro

    Jul 26, 2005
    Middle of nowhere, USA
    out of the garage...roll it for 300ft.... for now. i don't foresee this good life continuing tho.

    i would just get a corner court (1 side is a fence) and construct my workouts such that it would not go "all over".
    having a ball machine and being able to work out when you can, is such an advantage.
  6. varuscelli

    varuscelli Professional

    Jul 15, 2006
    Houston. Texas
    I had been using the local high school courts late in the day during the summer. Now that school's back in session, the students are often on the courts after school, but since there are 10 courts, there are often empty ones on one end or the other. I always pick a corner court and scattering is not such a problem that way. But if courts were full, it would definitely be a problem.

    Gonna start using my fitness center courts soon (we have five courts available there) and luckily for me I can generally pick times when the courts aren't being used by others. But I have more flex time in my job than most people do, so I have a bit of an advantage that way in that I can choose to use the machine during slow times of day.
  7. MasterTS

    MasterTS Professional

    Dec 29, 2005
    It's not much of a mess. When I pratice serves I have about 80 balls all around the court and takes a good 5-10 minutes to pick up.

    With a ball machine you'll have a buncha balls all on one side with a few at the net. No one will bother ya!
  8. WhiteSox05CA

    WhiteSox05CA Hall of Fame

    Sep 23, 2006
    You could take it to a club that has nets set up between the courts so none of yours will leave your court. Also, look for a set of courts in your area that maybe only has two tennis courts, and usually isn't occupied.
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  9. Ronaldo

    Ronaldo G.O.A.T.

    Feb 18, 2004
    Have high school courts with eight courts grouped into twos with each fenced-in with windscreens. Can park next to the court. Also have a pvt club with a end court with full length curtains to keep from chasing balls. Must drive about three miles to these courts. Have about 50-55 courts within 4 miles, 20 clay courts. Learned to leave the ball machine off the clay courts.

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