250 BALL
Overall sleek,
modern design
Incredibly easy to move
with large transport wheels

Electric Ball Machines

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12 custom programmable drills to 18 locations
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6 pre-loaded style drills
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2 line oscillation
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triple oscillation

You Asked Us

Is it important to be able to program a ball machine for a variety of shots?

Absolutely, hitting the same stroke over and over is great for muscle memory and getting the mechanics of the swing perfected.  Once you’ve got that down you want to be able to hit those strokes from a variety of locations on the court, from both your forehand and backhand and both sides of the volley. Now imagine being able to simulate the spins that you may encounter during the game along with overhead lobs and whatever else gets thrown at you. That is the real value of a programmable, state of the art tennis ball machine.

There is a variety of price ranges for the tennis ball machines on the market these days.  Aren’t they all the same?

Did you ever want to own a Ferrari but had to settle for a Honda?  I think we’ve all been there.  They both have all the same basic features and can dependably get you to your destination but the ride in the Ferrari will be different, much different.
And by the way there’s nothing wrong with a Honda but sometimes you can just do better.  Features and dependability are what separate most of the ball machines on the market today.  Sometimes what appears to be the best deal, in the long run is not.  So look for a machine that’s has been on the market for a long time, has excellent reviews and excellent warranty options.

People who play every shot back as a Moonball are frustrating to play with. You can’t really generate a lot of pace off their shots and it throws your timing off.  Are ball machines able to simulate this type of player?

The Lobster Phenom series of ball machines can send Moonballs back to you. These are high arching balls that drop into the court and then can bounce very high.  Practicing the return of these shots is excellent for perfecting your timing and moving your weight forward into the shot as you hit the ball.

What is better taking a lesson with a live tennis pro at the club or booking the ball machine?

Tennis ball machines are not trying to replace tennis-teaching professionals.  Go with the tennis instructor whenever possible.  The machine is simply a tool that you can use independently or in combination with a coach.  Many instructors however will recommend you spend time on the machine to really hone your strokes.  The consistent repetition of shots that a ball machine provides is something even the best teachers can’t always duplicate. 

How have the drills used by the Lobster series of ball machines been designed?

The variety of drills used with the Lobster series of ball machines and especially the Phenom are the result of research on the specific types of shot sequences that are used in advanced tennis. The tennis advisors used by Lobster to create the Phenom programming are very skilled players and spend countless hours perfecting all the drills.

Can hitting with a tennis ball machine provide enough programming variety to get really fit?

Top tennis players are incredibly fit from countless hours of running around the court.  Many also do weight training and distance running.  A fit player needs to recover quickly between shots and also has to have the stamina to last for 1-2 hours at a time.
Creating movement patterns on the court with the programmable Phenom will allow you to quickly change directions, go wide for shots and come to the net.  All theses plus the variations on the feed rate will get your heart rate up into your training zone.  The programmable features of the Phenom can have you hitting multiple shots to your weaker side or footwork drills alternating to both sides.  You will never run out of options.  Below are just some of the patterns that can be programmed into the Lobster Phenom.