2009 Guide to Ball Machines

These tables contain the data referred to in the main article.

Companies that make ball machines

Manufacturer Website Telephone
Lobster Sports lobstersports.com 800-526-4041
Playmate playmatetennis.com 800-766-6770
SAM mastersports.com 800-837-1002
Robot Optimizer tennisrobot.com 888-8BOOMER
Silent Partner sptennis.com 800-662-1809
Sports Attack sportsattack.com 800-717-4251
Sports Tutor sportstutor.com 800-448-8867
Super Coach tennismachine.com 408-660-1173

Models

Machine MSRP Warranty Storage size Ball
capacity
Lobster Sports Economy Ball Bucket 202 $469 2 yrs 12" × 12" × 27" 50
Lobster Sports Ball Bucket 201 $549 2 yrs 12" × 12" × 31" 50
Lobster Sports Hybrid 301 $689 2 yrs 36" × 13" × 21" 150
Lobster Sports Tournament 401 $789 2 yrs 36" × 13" × 21" 150
Lobster Sports Elite Freedom $799 2 yrs 24" × 16" × 19" 150
Lobster Sports Elite Grandslam IV $1,899 2 yrs 24" × 16" × 19" 150
Lobster Sports Elite Model 1 $1,049 2 yrs 24" × 16" × 19" 150
Lobster Sports Elite Model 2 $1,299 2 yrs 24" × 16" × 19" 150
Lobster Sports Elite Model 3 $1,549 2 yrs 24" × 16" × 19" 150
Lobster Sports Elite Grandslam V $2,199 2 yrs 24" × 16" × 19" 150
Playmate Half-Volley $1,195.00 2 yrs ltd 19" × 21" × 25" 200
Playmate Volley $1,695.00 2 yrs ltd 19" × 21" × 25" 200
Playmate Ace $3,495.00 3 yrs ltd 35" × 21" × 38" 200
Playmate Smash $4,395.00 3 yrs ltd 35" × 21" × 38" 300
Playmate Deuce $5,195.00 3 yrs ltd 35" × 21" × 38" 300
Playmate Genie $5,995.00 3 yrs ltd 35" × 21" × 38" 300
Playmate Genie PC $7,820.00 3 yrs ltd 35" × 21" × 38" 300
Playmate Grand Slam $7,495.00 3 yrs ltd 35" × 21" × 38" 300
Playmate Grand Slam PC $8,995.00 3 yrs ltd 35" × 21" × 38" 300
SAM I-SAM $684 1 Year 19" × 17.5" × 18" 250
SAM Professional Portable Model 1 $1,073 1 Year 19.5" × 16" × 21.5" 300
SAM Professional Portable Model 4 $1,749 1 Year 19.5" × 16" × 21.5" 300
SAM Sport $3,595 3 Year 35" × 25" × 50" 250
SAM Coach $3,975 3 Year 35" × 25" × 50" 250
Robot Optimizer Boomer $14,450 1 year 38.5" × 31" × 21.5" 300
Silent Partner Lite (Edge Series) $799 1 Year 24" × 22" × 16" 200
Silent Partner Star (Edge Series) $1,099 1 Year 24" × 22" × 16" 200
Silent Partner Rival (Scoop Series) $1,399 1 Year 28" × 22" × 18" 300
Silent Partner Quest (Scoop Series) $1,799 1 Year 28" × 22" × 18" 300
Sports Attack Ace Attack $5,999 1 Year 34" × 53" 200
Sports Tutor Tennis Twist $229 1 Year 10" × 11" × 23" 28
Sports Tutor Tennis Tutor ProLite Basic $649 1 Year 12" × 19.5" × 18" 125
Sports Tutor Tennis Tutor ProLite $749 1 Year 12" × 19.5" × 18" 125
Sports Tutor Tennis Tutor $1,049 1 Year 12" × 19.5" × 20" 150
Sports Tutor Tennis Tutor Plus $1,249 1 Year 20" × 19.5" × 20" 150
Sports Tutor Tennis Tutor Plus Player Model $1,649, 1 Year 20" × 19.5" × 20" 150
Sports Tutor Tennis Tower $1,275 1 Year 44" × 23" × 22" 225
Sports Tutor Tennis Tower Professional Player $2,195 1 Year 44" × 23" × 22" 225
Sports Tutor Shot Maker Standard $3,100 2 Year 38.5" × 31" × 21.5" 300
Sports Tutor Shot Maker Deluxe $4,200 2 Year 38.5" × 31" × 21.5" 300
Sports Tutor Wilson Portable $1,095 1 Year 22" × 14" × 20" 110
Super Coach SuperCoach $11,465 1 Year 36" × 27" × 22" 200 or 300

Propulsion

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  1. Spinning Wheel Propulsion
  2. Air Pressure Propulsion
  3. Feeding Intervals (seconds)
  4. Top Speed (MPH)
  5. Elevation Control-Electronic
  1. Elevation Control-Manual
  2. Able to feed lobs
  3. Able to feed Topspin & Underspin
  4. Able to feed Sidespin
Machine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Lobster Sports Economy Ball Bucket 202 x 3, 6, 12 55 x x $50
Lobster Sports Ball Bucket 201 x 3, 6, 12 55 x x $50
Lobster Sports Hybrid 301 x 3, 6, 12 70 x x $50
Lobster Sports Tournament 401 x 3, 6, 12 70 x x $50
Lobster Sports Elite Freedom x 2-10 70 x x
Lobster Sports Elite Grandslam IV x 2-9 80 x x x
Lobster Sports Elite Model 1 x 2-10 80 x x x
Lobster Sports Elite Model 2 x 2-10 80 x x x
Lobster Sports Elite Model 3 x 2-10 80 x x x
Lobster Sports Elite Grandslam V x 2-9 80 x x x
Playmate Half-Volley x 1-10 80 x x x
Playmate Volley x 1-10 80 x x x
Playmate Ace x 1-10 95 x x x
Playmate Smash x 1-10 95 x x x
Playmate Deuce x 1-10 95 x x x
Playmate Genie x 1-10 95 x x x
Playmate Genie PC x 1-10 95 x x x
Playmate Grand Slam x 1-10 120 x x x x
Playmate Grand Slam PC x 1-10 120 x x x x
SAM I-SAM x 2-8 65 x x
SAM Professional Portable Model 1 x 2-8 75 x x x
SAM Professional Portable Model 4 x 2-8 75 x x x
SAM Sport x 1.5-8 85 x x x
SAM Coach x 1.5-8 85 x x x
Robot Optimizer Boomer x 1.0-10 100 x x x
Silent Partner Lite (Edge Series) x 1.5-10 95 x x x
Silent Partner Star (Edge Series) x 1.5-10 95 x x x
Silent Partner Rival (Scoop Series) x 1.5-10 95 x x x
Silent Partner Quest (Scoop Series) x 1.5-10 95 x x x
Sports Attack Ace Attack x 1.5-12 110 x x x x
Sports Tutor Tennis Twist 5 15 x
Sports Tutor Tennis Tutor ProLite Basic x 1.5-10 60 x x
Sports Tutor Tennis Tutor ProLite x 1.5-10 60 x x
Sports Tutor Tennis Tutor x 1.5-12 85 x x
Sports Tutor Tennis Tutor Plus x 1.5-12 85 x x x
Sports Tutor Tennis Tutor Plus Player Model x 1.5-12 85 x x x
Sports Tutor Tennis Tower x 1.5-8 85 x x $270
Sports Tutor Tennis Tower Professional Player x 1.5-8 85 x x x
Sports Tutor Shot Maker Standard x 1-6 95 x x x
Sports Tutor Shot Maker Deluxe x 1-6 95 x x x
Sports Tutor Wilson Portable x 1.5-10 75 x x x
Super Coach SuperCoach x 1.4-5.6 65 x x x

Oscillation

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  1. No Oscillation
  2. Oscillation-Random
  3. Oscillation-Programable
  4. # of shots in program
  5. # of programs that can be stored
  1. Adjustable Depth within Program
  2. Adjustable Spin within Program
  3. Adjustable Height within Program
  4. Adjustable Interval within Program
  5. Player Simulation Mode
Machine 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
Lobster Sports Economy Ball Bucket 202 x
Lobster Sports Ball Bucket 201 x
Lobster Sports Hybrid 301 x
Lobster Sports Tournament 401 x x x
Lobster Sports Elite Freedom x
Lobster Sports Elite Grandslam IV x x x x x
Lobster Sports Elite Model 1 x
Lobster Sports Elite Model 2 x x x
Lobster Sports Elite Model 3 x x x
Lobster Sports Elite Grandslam V x x 6 6 x x x x x
Playmate Half-Volley x
Playmate Volley x x 2
Playmate Ace x 3
Playmate Smash x x 7
Playmate Deuce x x 7 x x x x x
Playmate Genie x x 7 x x x x x
Playmate Genie PC x x 8 x x x x x
Playmate Grand Slam x x 7 x x x x x
Playmate Grand Slam PC x x 8 x x x x x
SAM I-SAM x
SAM Professional Portable Model 1 x
SAM Professional Portable Model 4 x x 2
SAM Sport x x 3
SAM Coach x x 6 x
Robot Optimizer Boomer x x 30 1,000 x x x x x
Silent Partner Lite (Edge Series) x
Silent Partner Star (Edge Series) x
Silent Partner Rival (Scoop Series) x 3 x x x x
Silent Partner Quest (Scoop Series) x x 4 3 x x x x
Sports Attack Ace Attack x 4
Sports Tutor Tennis Twist x
Sports Tutor Tennis Tutor ProLite Basic x
Sports Tutor Tennis Tutor ProLite x
Sports Tutor Tennis Tutor x 4
Sports Tutor Tennis Tutor Plus x 4
Sports Tutor Tennis Tutor Plus Player Model x 5 x x x
Sports Tutor Tennis Tower x 4
Sports Tutor Tennis Tower Professional Player x 5 x x x
Sports Tutor Shot Maker Standard x x 3
Sports Tutor Shot Maker Deluxe x x 6 x
Sports Tutor Wilson Portable x $200 2
Super Coach SuperCoach x x 30 32 x x x x x

Power

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  1. Runs on Battery or Power Cord
  2. Runs on Power Cord Only
  3. Runs on Battery Only
  4. Battery Amp/Hour
  1. Battery Life Indicator
  2. Battery Swapability
  3. Smart Charger comes Standard
  4. Smart Charger available as option
Machine 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28
Lobster Sports Economy Ball Bucket 202 x
Lobster Sports Ball Bucket 201 x
Lobster Sports Hybrid 301 x
Lobster Sports Tournament 401 x
Lobster Sports Elite Freedom x 8.5 Amp 2-4 hrs x x
Lobster Sports Elite Grandslam IV x 18 Amp 4-8 hrs x x
Lobster Sports Elite Model 1 x 18 Amp 4-8 hrs x x
Lobster Sports Elite Model 2 x 18 Amp 4-8 hrs x x
Lobster Sports Elite Model 3 x 18 Amp 4-8 hrs x x
Lobster Sports Elite Grandslam V x 18 Amp 4-8 hrs x x
Playmate Half-Volley x 7 x x x
Playmate Volley x 15 x x x
Playmate Ace x
Playmate Smash x
Playmate Deuce x
Playmate Genie x
Playmate Genie PC x
Playmate Grand Slam x
Playmate Grand Slam PC x
SAM I-SAM $112 x x 12 x x
SAM Professional Portable Model 1 $112 x x 15 x x
SAM Professional Portable Model 4 $112 x x 15 x x
SAM Sport x
SAM Coach x
Robot Optimizer Boomer x
Silent Partner Lite (Edge Series) x 7.5 x
Silent Partner Star (Edge Series) $249 $100 x 18 x
Silent Partner Rival (Scoop Series) $249 $100 x 18 x x
Silent Partner Quest (Scoop Series) $249 $100 x 18 x x
Sports Attack Ace Attack x
Sports Tutor Tennis Twist x 6 D Cells
Sports Tutor Tennis Tutor ProLite Basic x x $50 9 x
Sports Tutor Tennis Tutor ProLite x x $50 9 x
Sports Tutor Tennis Tutor x $50 x 18 x x
Sports Tutor Tennis Tutor Plus x $50 x 18 x x
Sports Tutor Tennis Tutor Plus Player Model x $50 x 18 x x
Sports Tutor Tennis Tower x
Sports Tutor Tennis Tower Professional Player x
Sports Tutor Shot Maker Standard x
Sports Tutor Shot Maker Deluxe x
Sports Tutor Wilson Portable $50 x 12 x x
Super Coach SuperCoach x

Remote control

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  1. Remote Control comes Standard
  2. Remote Control available as option
  3. Remote Control-Cord
  1. Remote Control-Wireless
  2. Remote Control of Oscillation
  3. Remote Control of Program Settings
Machine 29 30 31 32 33 34
Lobster Sports Economy Ball Bucket 202 $70 x
Lobster Sports Ball Bucket 201 $70 x
Lobster Sports Hybrid 301 $70 x
Lobster Sports Tournament 401 $70 x
Lobster Sports Elite Freedom x x
Lobster Sports Elite Grandslam IV $300 x x x
Lobster Sports Elite Model 1 $199 x x
Lobster Sports Elite Model 2 $199 x x
Lobster Sports Elite Model 3 $199 x x
Lobster Sports Elite Grandslam V $300 x x x
Playmate Half-Volley x
Playmate Volley x x
Playmate Ace x x x x x
Playmate Smash x x x x x
Playmate Deuce x x x x x
Playmate Genie x x x x x
Playmate Genie PC x x x x x
Playmate Grand Slam x x x x x
Playmate Grand Slam PC x x x x x
SAM I-SAM x x
SAM Professional Portable Model 1 x x
SAM Professional Portable Model 4 x x x x
SAM Sport x x
SAM Coach x x
Robot Optimizer Boomer x x x x
Silent Partner Lite (Edge Series)
Silent Partner Star (Edge Series) x x x
Silent Partner Rival (Scoop Series) x x x x
Silent Partner Quest (Scoop Series) x x x x
Sports Attack Ace Attack $300 x
Sports Tutor Tennis Twist
Sports Tutor Tennis Tutor ProLite Basic $70 x
Sports Tutor Tennis Tutor ProLite $70 x
Sports Tutor Tennis Tutor $200 x x
Sports Tutor Tennis Tutor Plus $200 x x
Sports Tutor Tennis Tutor Plus Player Model $200 x x
Sports Tutor Tennis Tower $200 x x
Sports Tutor Tennis Tower Professional Player x x x
Sports Tutor Shot Maker Standard $200 x x
Sports Tutor Shot Maker Deluxe x x x
Sports Tutor Wilson Portable $200 x x
Super Coach SuperCoach x x

Miscellaneous

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  1. Serving Tower-Built-in or Included
  2. Serving Tower-Optional Accessory
  3. Cover comes Standard
  4. Cover available as an option
  5. Includes Wheels for Portability
Machine 35 36 37 38 39
Lobster Sports Economy Ball Bucket 202 $49
Lobster Sports Ball Bucket 201 $49
Lobster Sports Hybrid 301 $49 x
Lobster Sports Tournament 401 $49 x
Lobster Sports Elite Freedom $49 x
Lobster Sports Elite Grandslam IV $49 x
Lobster Sports Elite Model 1 $49 x
Lobster Sports Elite Model 2 $49 x
Lobster Sports Elite Model 3 $49 x
Lobster Sports Elite Grandslam V $49 x
Playmate Half-Volley $85.15 x
Playmate Volley $85.15 x
Playmate Ace $4,395 $85.15 x
Playmate Smash $4,395 $85.15 x
Playmate Deuce $4,395 $85.15 x
Playmate Genie $4,395 $85.15 x
Playmate Genie PC $4,395 $85.15 x
Playmate Grand Slam $4,395 $85.15 x
Playmate Grand Slam PC $4,395 $85.15 x
SAM I-SAM x
SAM Professional Portable Model 1 x x
SAM Professional Portable Model 4 x x
SAM Sport x
SAM Coach x
Robot Optimizer Boomer $3,895 x x
Silent Partner Lite (Edge Series) $40 x
Silent Partner Star (Edge Series) $40 x
Silent Partner Rival (Scoop Series) $40 x
Silent Partner Quest (Scoop Series) $40 x
Sports Attack Ace Attack x $200 x
Sports Tutor Tennis Twist
Sports Tutor Tennis Tutor ProLite Basic $35
Sports Tutor Tennis Tutor ProLite $35
Sports Tutor Tennis Tutor $35 x
Sports Tutor Tennis Tutor Plus $35 x
Sports Tutor Tennis Tutor Plus Player Model $35 x
Sports Tutor Tennis Tower x x
Sports Tutor Tennis Tower Professional Player x x
Sports Tutor Shot Maker Standard x x
Sports Tutor Shot Maker Deluxe x x
Sports Tutor Wilson Portable $35 x
Super Coach SuperCoach x x

Other features

Machine Other Features
Lobster Sports Economy Ball Bucket 202 Spin Adaptor $50
Lobster Sports Ball Bucket 201 Spin Adaptor $50
Lobster Sports Hybrid 301 Spin Adaptor $50
Lobster Sports Tournament 401 Spin Adaptor $50
Lobster Sports Elite Freedom Fast Charger $99
Lobster Sports Elite Grandslam IV 3 Pre-Programmed Court Drills (6 ball sequence per drill)
Lobster Sports Elite Model 1 Fast Charger $99
Lobster Sports Elite Model 2 Fast Charger $99
Lobster Sports Elite Model 3 Fast Charger $99
Lobster Sports Elite Grandslam V 6 Pre-Programmed Court Drills + 6 Custom Programmable Court Drills
Playmate Half-Volley Oscillation Upgrade $199, Remote Control Upgrade $275, 6-Hour Non-Memory Battery Upgrade $149, 3-Hour Rapid Recharger $219.70
Playmate Volley 6-Hour Non-Memory Battery, 3-Hour Rapid Recharger $219.70
Playmate Ace
Playmate Smash Deuce Conversion Box $1125, Genie Conversion Box $1925, Genie PC Conversion Box $3750
Playmate Deuce Smash Conversion Box $325, Genie Conversion Box $1925, Genie PC Conversion Box $3750
Playmate Genie Smash Conversion Box $325, Deuce Conversion Box $1125, Genie PC Conversion Box $3750
Playmate Genie PC Smash Conversion Box $325, Deuce Conversion Box $1125, Genie Conversion Box $1925
Playmate Grand Slam Smash Conversion Box $325, Deuce Conversion Box $1125, Genie Conversion Box $1925, Grand Slam PC Conversion Box $3750
Playmate Grand Slam PC
SAM I-SAM Extra Heavy Duty Battery $35, 110/220 Volt AC converter $112, Wireless Remote $100. Water Resistant Cloth Storage Cover $68
SAM Professional Portable Model 1 Lob Enhancer $30,110/220 Volt AC Converter $112, Water-Resistant Storage Cover $68, adjustable oscillation width
SAM Professional Portable Model 4 Lob Enhancer $30,110/220 Volt AC Converter $112, Water-Resistant Storage Cover $68, adjustable oscillation width
SAM Sport Ships via FedEx Gnd, Feeds Balls from 30" above ground
SAM Coach Ships via FedEx Gnd, Feeds Balls from 30" above ground
Robot Optimizer Boomer Plays Games, Rates Shots, Uses a Camera, Talks to Players, Cordless Headphone System ($500 or $50/month), Wireless Printer for Analysis ($2000 or $100/month). Radar gun. iPod input with speakers
Silent Partner Lite (Edge Series)
Silent Partner Star (Edge Series)
Silent Partner Rival (Scoop Series) 16-button remote
Silent Partner Quest (Scoop Series) 20-button remote, adaptive vertical oscillator,
Sports Attack Ace Attack
Sports Tutor Tennis Twist
Sports Tutor Tennis Tutor ProLite Basic
Sports Tutor Tennis Tutor ProLite External Battery Pack$130, External AC Power Supply $125, Smart Charger Upgrade $40
Sports Tutor Tennis Tutor External Battery Pack$130, External AC Power Supply $125, Smart Charger Upgrade $40, Smart Fast Battery Upgrade $75
Sports Tutor Tennis Tutor Plus External Battery Pack$130, External AC Power Supply $125, Smart Charger Upgrade $40, Smart Fast Battery Upgrade $75, Player Simulation $200
Sports Tutor Tennis Tutor Plus Player Model External Battery Pack$130, External AC Power Supply $125, Smart Charger Upgrade $40, Smart Fast Battery Upgrade $75, Player Simulation $370
Sports Tutor Tennis Tower
Sports Tutor Tennis Tower Professional Player
Sports Tutor Shot Maker Standard
Sports Tutor Shot Maker Deluxe
Sports Tutor Wilson Portable External Battery Pack$130, External AC Power Supply $125, Smart Charger Upgrade $40
Super Coach SuperCoach Can deliver any type of ball (topspin, underspin, flat, lob) to any place on court in any sequence, all ball parameters and timing customizable
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