Do You Have These Essential Tennis Tools?

Any tennis teaching pro has certain aids that are indispensible for coaching beginners right up to elite players.  You will see them used on community courts, private clubs, university tennis centers and professional tennis academies.  What are they?  The obvious ones are ball machines but that’s just a start.  You have to fill thosemachines with balls.  Regular balls will do but you’re going to go through a lot of them and over time as they lose their pressure the bounce won’t be as consistent.   Pressureless balls to the rescue!  They’ve been around for quite some time but most people are not familiar with them. 

They’re made by names like Penn and others, that might not be as recognizable, like Gamma.  They produce a bounce identical to the balls you’re use to playing with and can be bought in quantities that save you money like the plastic pale of 48 balls by Penn.  

Once you’re set up with balls and a ball machine you’ll want to consider other accessories that make learning the game and honing your strokes even easier.  Ball machines for instance come as either electrically powered or battery operated.  Each has it’s advantages but consider this, you can extend your practice time with a remote battery pack where electrical outlets may not be available.


Of course once your into external battery packs you’ll want to consider all the ways you can get a faster charge time between training sessions.  These charger options will meet your need for a quick charge in a price range you can afford.

Watch any teaching pro and you will see one of the most helpful timing saving devices ever invented.  Its simplicity is beautiful and it does one thing.  It puts balls where you need them, when you need them.  The one limitation of a ball machine is that it can’t hit down into the court and pepper balls like a coach at the net would.  These ball hoppers are classic essentials to any tennis program. They hold upwards of 75 balls and can also be used to pick up the balls by placing the hopper on top of the ball (with the handles at the top) and pushing down.  The handles then fold down to provide just the right height for an instructor to reach into the basket quickly and feed balls to the waiting student.

I’ve saved the best for last.  What’s the one game like situation that’s almost impossible to simulate?  It’s spin.  It’s what makes the ball stay low on a bounce (backspin) or jump up high quickly (topspin).  It’s a major factor in a serve kicking out wide or a lob dropping in at the baseline.  The Lobster ball machines have that covered with the spin adaptor.

Just look at all the options available for making the Lobster ball machine the perfect training partner.

Tennis has never been simpler and also more sophisticated at the same time.  The simple part is that you can improve your game substantially by simulating the variety of shots you’d face in a game.  The sophisticated part is that you can program the device for literally hundreds of combinations of shots using direction, speed, spin, rate of feed and more.  


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