You may have seen a ball machine at your friends house or local tennis club and considered whether it would be a good tool for you and your tennis training.
A tennis ball machine is a fantastic training tool that will compliment your current training sessions or games, whether you train with a regular coach, have a weekly hit with friends or want to climb the ranks at national competitions.
Read on to discover why training with a ball machine will improve your game.
What are the main benefits of training with a ball machine?
- Practice whenever you want without the need for a training partner
- Improve fitness and footwork
- Full control of ball speed, direction, spin, height and feed rate
- Focus on form and technique with repetitive and consistent ball feed
Train to your schedule
Scheduling a practice session with a hitting partner can be difficult, but with a ball machine you can practice when it suits you. You are free to train whenever you want, and practice the shots you want.
Improve your fitness
Your fitness will increase with longer playing sessions. A large ball hopper capacity means a round with a tennis ball machine is going to last you a lot longer than the average rally.
Hitting over 100 balls is going to be a good work out for even the best players, but couple this with the ability to add horizontal and vertical oscillation, then increase the feed rate to a match play level and you’ll be feeling the burn!
Full control of ball delivery
A good ball machines allow the player to select the delivery speed, spin and height of every shot. A tennis ball machine should also have an adjustable feed rate to speed up or slow the time between balls to suit the player.
A ball machine with both horizontal and vertical oscillation will give you a true match play experience. Horizontal oscillation delivers the ball anywhere across the width of the court. Vertical oscillation delivers balls at differing heights - from a volley at the net, a deep baseline, or an over head smash.
The best tennis ball machines go one step further and allow the player to create a full set of customised tennis drills to suit their skill and fitness level.
Focus on form and technique
A tennis ball machine will allow you to focus on your form and technique as you practice the same shot again and again. A tennis ball machine with a hopper full of over 100 balls lets you repeat the same shot over allowing you to tweak your form and technique until you have perfected it.
Or for a match play scenario it can deliver shots randomly across the width of the court or at random heights.
Spinshot range of Tennis Ball Machines
Spinshot has a full range of tennis ball machines suitable for all player skill levels.
Our Plus-2 and Player machines are available with high speed options for the competition or advanced player. Both these machine offers speed range of 30 -130km, adjustable height, spin and feed rates.
Our Pro machine is a great machine for under $3,000 and offers the same build quality and many great features including horizontal oscillation for practicing alternating forehand and backhand shots (2-line drill).