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Ball Machines

November 2013

Ball Machines Step Up The Game

In the last decade we have seen technology evolve exponentially in almost every facet of our lives, and tennis is no exception. The most visible may be electronic line calls in many professional tournaments, but for club and recreational... (Click here to read more...)

July 2013

2013 Guide to Ball Machines: Mechanical Advantage

A ball machine quickens the learning curve as it helps build muscle memory. (Click here to read more...)

July 2012

2012 Guide to Ball Machines

Of all the tools that can help your business, your ball machine may be the most important. (Click here to read more...)

July 2011

Machine Driven

Put your ball machine to work generating more income for you, and helping your players reach their potential. (Click here to read more...)

Find Your Ball Machine

For 2011, new machines from Lobster, Match Mate and Sports Tutor join the list. (Click here to read more...)

July 2010

Guide to Ball Machines 2010

For 2010, new machines from Lobster and Silent Partner and Sports Tutor join the list. (Click here to read more...)

July 2009

Guide to Ball Machines 2009

For 2009, new machines from Lobster and Silent Partner join the list. (Click here to read more...)

July 2008

Tennis innovations

Green Machine: Engineers Team to Produce Pedal-Powered Ball Launcher (Click here to read more...)

Guide to Ball Machines 2008

For a tennis facility, there are certain things that you just have to have. Ball carts or hoppers, string and grip inventory for sale, court maintenance equipment. But one of the most important items for your business should be... (Click here to read more...)

July 2007

Guide to Ball Machines 2007

Investing in a ball machine is kind of like putting money in a high-yield fund. The initial amount you may need to pony up may be a stretch for you, but you know in the end you'll come out... (Click here to read more...)

July 2006

Ball Machine Selector 2006 -- Miscellaneous

Cover Comes Standard These machines come with a cover included in the price listed. Cover Available as an Option This column indicates whether the manufacturer makes an optional cover available and how much it costs. Includes Wheels for Portability Machines... (Click here to read more...)

Ball Machine Selector 2006 -- Oscillation

No Oscillation Machines with an "X" in this column are not cabable of feeding the ball in more than one direction. So, if you want to practice forehands you have to point the machine toward your forehand and vice-versa for... (Click here to read more...)

Ball Machine Selector 2006 -- Remote control

Remote Control Available as Option These machines do not come with a remote, but you can buy one. Look at the next several columns to find out what the remote controls and whether it is wireless. Remote Control — Cord... (Click here to read more...)

Ball Machine Selector 2006 -- Propulsion

Spinning Wheel Propulsion An "X" in this column indicates that the machine uses two spinning wheels to feed the ball to you. In almost every case the spinning wheels are stacked vertically with just enough space between them for a... (Click here to read more...)

Ball Machine Selector 2006 -- Power

Runs on Battery or Power Cord An "X" in this column means that you can power the machine with a battery or a power cord plugged into an electrical outlet. Runs on Power Cord Only Machines in this column require... (Click here to read more...)

Ball Machine Selector 2006 -- Contact information for 2006

Lobsterlobsterinc.com800-526-4041Playmateplaymatetennismachines.com800-776-6770SAMMasterSports.com800-837-1002Robot Optimizerstennisrobot.com888-8BOOMERSilent Partnersptennis.com800-662-1809Sports Attacksportsattack.com800-717-4251Sports Tutorsportstutor.com800-448-8867Super Coachtennismachine.com408-855-9644See the our complete list of contact information for ball machine manufacturers. IntroductionFeaturesContact information for 2006PowerPropulsionOscillationRemote controlMiscellaneous... (Click here to read more...)

Guide to Ball Machines 2006

No matter what kind of facility you have, a ball machine should be a key component of your business. While you may be put off by the initial investment, you'll make that money back — and much more —... (Click here to read more...)

Ball Machine Selector 2006 -- Features

Brand & Contact Info The name of the manufacturer and how to get in touch with them. You can contact them to get more information or to order the machine that looks best to you. There are eight manufacturers making... (Click here to read more...)

Program Director

With realistic random-play options, ball machines enter the "I, Robot" generation. (Click here to read more...)

July 2005

Ball Machine Selector 2005 -- Power Supply

Runs on Battery or Power Cord. An "X" in this column means that you can power the machine with a battery or a power cord plugged into an electrical outlet. Runs on Power Cord Only. Machines in this column... (Click here to read more...)

Ball Machine Selector 2005 -- Propulsion

Spinning Wheel Propulsion. An "X" in this column indicates that the machine uses two spinning wheels to feed the ball to you. In almost every case the spinning wheels are stacked vertically with just enough space between them for... (Click here to read more...)

Ball Machine Selector 2005 -- Remote Control

Remote Control Comes Standard. An "X" in this column indicates that a remote control is included in the price listed for the machine. Look at the next several columns to find out what the remote controls and whether it... (Click here to read more...)

Machine Ready

Generate more revenue by using your ball machine to the fullest. (Click here to read more...)

Guide to Ball Machines 2005

No matter what kind of facility you have, a ball machine should be a key component of your business. While you may be put off by the initial investment, you'll make that money back — and much more —... (Click here to read more...)

Ball Machine Selector 2005 -- Brands and Models

Model. The specific model of machine. However, remember that many of the machines offer several different options. In some cases, when you buy different options, the name of the machine may change slightly. But, in each case, the available... (Click here to read more...)

Ball Machine Selector 2005 -- Oscillation

No oscillation. Machines with an "X" in this column are not cabable of feeding the ball in more than one direction. So, if you want to practice forehands you have to point the machine toward your forehand and vice-versa... (Click here to read more...)

Ball Machine Selector 2005 -- Other Features

Serving Tower Optional Accessory. This column indicates whether a tower is available from the manufacturer to raise the machine high enough to simulate a serve. The price in this column indicates how much the serving tower costs. Cover Comes... (Click here to read more...)

March 2005

Review: Super Coach

Super Coach is a one-machine company, but that one machine is the first we've ever encountered that really can feed any ball a person can. It offers a seemingly endless list of features and settings and is designed to... (Click here to read more...)

September 2004

Review: Lobster Elite

The Elite is Lobster's top-of-the-line ball machine. Designed for maximum durability, the portable, battery-powered Elite operates even where there is no AC power source. The Elite sells for $1,049. To contact Lobster, call 800-526-4041, or visit lobsterinc.com. ASSEMBLY In... (Click here to read more...)

June 2004

Guide to Ball Machines 2004

For your business, nothing beats a ball machine. (Click here to read more...)

Turn your ball machine into a money machine

When it comes to generating revenue for your business, your ball machine should be throwing money at you like an ATM. If it's not, then you may need some help turning your ball machine into a money machine. Chances... (Click here to read more...)

 

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