Hey, What’s Up Tennis Lovers! So, we are Introducing The Best Tennis Ball Machine. Spinshot Player is the most cutting-edge machine with limitless training capabilities. Spinshot prepares you for any style of player making you competition-ready. Download the mobile app and connect to the Spinshot Player. Select from a range of preprogrammed drill modes designed to improve different areas of your game.
You can even produce your own drills by holding down and adjusting the options. The Spinshot Player is even more advanced than the plus model. You can program each shot with settings for speed, spin, direction, height, and feedback all from your phone. You can preset any type of two-line Oscillation with complete control. Program any combination of scenarios and hit play.
Program your favorite drills and save them directly into the machine. Activate these by pressing the D buttons on the side panel. This allows you to easily start any drill next time you hit the corpse. Every ball is pinpoint, accurate, and very powerful. Spinshot Player is perfect for clubs as each member can program their own twelve drills onto the phone.
Then connect and play. Practice the same precise shot again and again until you’ve mastered it. Or experience a competition style of play by entering random drill mode with a generous 120 ball capacity in an easy to transport, built-to-last tennis ball machine, why not bring your game to the next level? Spinshot Ready when you are.
1. Comparing The Spinshot Range
The Spinshot Light is our most affordable compact, easy-to-transport machine. This is more suited towards beginner players or juniors, or if you’re using a small court or at home. The dials on the side allow you to adjust for the interval between each ball and how fast each ball actually fires out.
The capacity in the Hopper is about 50 balls and it can shoot at a top speed of around 60 km H. The Spin Shot Light is the only machine that doesn’t have an adjustment for a spin on the ball. It’s already built with topspin already part of the machine. And so with the Pro Plus Player and Player two machines, they all have the same enclosure. These weigh about 18 to 20 kg.
They all come shipped with a battery built-in with different power options available. They have a ball capacity of about 120 and a top speed of about 110 km an hour. The main difference between the Pro Plus the Player and the Player too is the Oscillation modes and how you actually control the machine.
Stepping up to the Spinshot Pro, this one takes the speed up to about 110 km an hour with a ball capacity of about 120 balls in the Hopper up here. And this one also has drills on the side. Like the Light machine, this allows you to control for full speed the interval between each ball and now back spin and top spin on each ball.
So the Light machine is purely controlled with the drills on the side. The Pro machine can also be controlled from the side panel, but it also has a little remote device that you can have from the other end of the course. And this can simply be used to start and stop the machine and to activate or deactivate the random Oscillation fireballs from side to side of the court. So with the Pro, the plus, and the Player machine, they have what’s called external Oscillation.
So you’ll see the machine rotating from side to side because it’s built on the wheels that rotate. This is great because it gives you an experience of playing against a human being pushed from side to side when you step up to the plus the Player and the Player two models you can use a remote app that can be freely downloaded from the iOS Apple App Store. This can be used on iPhones Android smartphones and it allows you to from the other end of the court directly control Start and stop.
The machine adjusts modes and sets drills. The Player and Player Two models are even more advanced for those people who have an Apple Watch. You can straight from your wrist, set the mode and activate a drill, and continue playing without having to worry about phone your pocket going back to the side of the other end of the court. It works seamlessly. This is unique to these machines. There is no other machine on the market that currently supports the Apple Watch.
1. Oscillation modes
This is the main difference between the machines we have in front of us. Spin Sharply is the most basic Oscillation mode. It simply fires one ball after another, reliably and consistently to the same spot. When you step up to the Spinshot pro, there is a random switch that will start rotating machines from side to side, allowing a more game-like experience. So the plus model is much more advanced. When it comes to an oscillation mode.
You can set it to rotate from side to side and set the maximum width so you can have a two-line Oscillation back and to forehand backhand to forehand and you can choose using the W one and W two with one and with two buttons how far along with the court you want to be running.
Take your back hands and your fore hand. So if you want a great exercise experience, you can set it right to the corners of the baseline. Otherwise, you can stand in the middle and practice your shots consistently from the middle. The plus machine also has Height Oscillation mode which can be set which is H one and H two.
So if you want a short as either a drop shot or as a volley and then a deeper either a lob or a smash, you can tune that ride in. You can also set it to have a hybrid mode where the balls will be fired from side to side and then from one height to a second.
So if the plus machine is so advanced, why do we even offer a player option? So the Player-machine allows you to tune in with great flexibility. What each ball is doing, so how fast it’s traveling, the interval between each ball, the height, the horizontal location, and the spin.
This is one of the most advanced features of any tennis ball machine that exists and it can all be controlled over your phone. The panel on the front can be used to staff each drill setting which when they arrive will be preprogrammed.
But then if you want to take out your Apple or Android smartphone and dial in the exact levels of where each ball is landing and then set that in a series, you have a coach like training experience. So if you’d like to preview how Apple actually works, you can download the Drill Master app from Apple’s app store. This will give you an experience of how exactly to tune in the settings and how easy to use the app really is.
3. How To Use
So the start-up for the Spinshot Light machine is the most simple. You simply switch the power on button, then you’ve got 10 seconds before the spin at the top starts dropping balls into the machine. That gives you time to walk across to the other side of the court.
If then you want to tune in the speed, you can go from the lowest to the highest setting which is 60 km an hour. And you can also alter the speed rating machine, change it from the slowest to the highest.
Okay, so the Spinshot Pro is a very simple to use dial interface on the front of the panel. You can turn the machine on and off here and that will give you 10 seconds to get to the other side of the court before it starts firing balls.
You can then adjust the speed, the interval between each ball and if you want each ball to have back spin or top spin, the random oscillation mode will start rotating the machine from side to side and this will give you a gamelike experience firing the balls across the court. The height of each ball can also be adjusted with this mode. Here, make the ball higher or lower so when you turn on the plus machine it will go through a calibration process.
When it’s finished the calibration you set the ball machine down on the baseline facing the net. So once the machine is set up and ready to go, when you press the enter button, you can then adjust the speed of the ball, the speed rate, the spin, the height from which it’s fired, the width along the court.
There are also modes to set in a random oscillation where it will fire randomly from side to side of the court. There’s a two line oscillation so it will fire back and forehand consistently. There’s also a vertical mode so the balls are fired along a horizontal and vertical plane.
And finally, you can tune in to each and every setting manually. Here, the Spinshot plus machine can be used without a mobile phone by the feedback of the little LCD screen. You can then use the plus and minus buttons to tune in to the exact level that you want to get your balls firing to. This can also be controlled completely from your mobile phone device. So the Spins shot player and player two are exactly the same.
They switched on at the back. They also go through a calibration period. Once that’s finished, set that down on the core facing the net and then when you hear it start beeping, press the start button and it will go through the drill as preselected. So there are twelve preprogrammed drills already set up on the Player and Player two machines. These can all be adjusted using your mobile phone device.
To select one, press the stop button of the current drill, the start of the drill you want to activate and start, and then this will start firing off a series of shots that you have pre-programmed on your phone or what’s already set up on the machine.
Using your phone you can send drills directly to the hardware inside the machine which will then remember it and then you can take it to the courts without using your phone and go back to twelve drills that you have already set up.
If you’ve got a family or a whole tennis club using these machines, they can each have their own twelve drills saved onto their own phone, and then comes the machine uploads all their own drills and set going with their preferences. So this machine can be used to cater to a whole group of people.
4. Power Options Available
So every Spinshot machine as standard is shipped with a battery built into the device. This internal battery will last two to 3 hours for the Speedshop Pro Plus Player and Player two or about four to 5 hours with the smaller and less powerful Speedshot Light.
Now we’re inside the machine, you can see the power cage where the battery is stored. This can easily be removed or replaced and all you need to do is disconnect the red and the black terminals, replacing them with the red and black terminals of other batteries or connected devices.
So if your courts have access to the mains AC power outlet, you can plug this one into the machine and have an uninterrupted supply. You simply connect the red terminal to the red and the black to black. You screw the unit back in as you saw before and reattach the wheel.
We also offer an external battery pack kit and what this allows you to do is transport the battery outside of the machine. You then have this plate attached to the front.
The battery would always stay outside so you can quickly hot-swap another battery with it if you wanted to have increased capacity. Or you can have a larger battery and then all you’d have to do is take this kit home, plug it in and you can leave the machine on the court.
We also offer a hybrid kit which is the most advanced option. This allows you to use mains AC power when you have access on the court, but then if you don’t have a supply you can immediately jump straight to use an external battery pack with the connectors. This is the best option for anybody anytime. You will never be caught without the opportunity to have power to your machine and continue training all day long.
5. Which One is for you?
So which machine is for you? You can see we’ve got a lineup of five machines here. The Spinshot light is best suited to beginner players juniors, those with a smaller court. If you want to step up a notch you can go for the Spinshot pro. This is really going to improve your skill because the balls are firing out faster, it’s a greater ball capacity.
We have a random oscillation mode that will shoot balls from side to of the court like you would be experiencing a game scenario if then you want to be able to control devices over your phone. We have the Spinshot plus and this allows precise tuning of ball spin or power or frequency and then you can also set how far side to side of the court and how high you want each ball fired.
When it comes to Spinshot player and player two you do actually need to use the smartphone to be able to dial in the precise controls and adjust those parameters. This might be perfect for coaches who have got people there training up.
It’ll shoot a precise series of shots that can be trained, calibrated, and perfected to each individual player so we hope this has been useful in getting some understanding of our range of spin shot machines, the features that they’re capable of and if you’d like to learn anything else please use our website or give us a call directly.
Pressurized ball & Pressureless ball
So what’s the difference between a Pressurized tennis ball and a Pressureless tennis ball? We’ll be talking about that in this part of this article. Now, they do look is pretty similar, and they are very similar. But is there a difference?
And yes, there is a difference between these two tennis balls. One tennis ball here is called a pressurized tennis ball. And another tennis ball here is called a pressureless tennis ball. And they are used for different situations. Some parts of the world use different tennis balls.
And we talked about that in this article. Now, in the US, I would say they use a pressurized tennis ball. And the overwhelming majority of people that are playing tennis using a pressurized tennis ball. And that’s this tennis ball right here. But in Europe and other parts of the world, they use both pressurized and pressurized tennis balls, which is this tennis ball right here.
Now, pressurized tennis balls are the tennis balls that you open up in a can. It’s what the pros use. And it’s the ones that have the pressure the air pressure that is put inside the can. That’s because there’s air pressure inside the ball and it really keeps the ball from going dead. And the reason is that pressurized tennis balls go dead faster.
Lots of pressurized tennis balls. People use them and they keep them in their bags. But really, it’s not good to keep a pressurized tennis ball in your bag for too long because it can cause some arm problems. It’s not going to bounce as normally as a newly opened pressurized tennis ball. So it really doesn’t make sense to use a pressurized tennis ball for a very long time.
So pressurized tennis balls go dead very quickly. Also, they bounce higher than the pressure left tennis balls and they’re able to generate more spin than the pressure left tennis balls because of the air inside. Thus, as I said, they go dead quicker and you’re going to have to replace them more often.
But still, if you’re going to hit with someone and you have a hitting partner and are just hitting with friends, usually I would recommend using pressurized tennis balls because they are the ones that you’re going to use in matches, in tournaments.
You’re going to want to be familiar with them and you’re going to want to practice with them because if you use the pressureless tennis balls over and over again, you’re not going to understand how to bounce it.
It might feel a little weird going into your matches. So then why are pressureless tennis balls useful? For one, really pressureless tennis balls are made so that you can use them for a very long time. That’s really what they’re made for pressureless tennis balls. You can use them for a year.
Some people say that you can use them for two years. Really, it just matters. The type of pressure is a tennis ball and basically, it’s got a harder outer shell. It’s got a thicker outer shell Than the pressure ice tennis ball. So thus the pressure of tennis balls feels better.
That’s how they sound and they feel heavier when you hit the ball. So some people don’t like that. And if you’re just going out and hitting with someone, Then definitely don’t use this. But these are useful for when you have a lot of tennis balls and you just want to practice swinging your racquet, get the mechanics of the stroke down or if you want to use them for ball machines, These are the way to go Because you can buy a lot of them and use them for a very long time and you won’t have to replace them, unlike the pressurized tennis balls. Also, they don’t bounce as high as some of the pressurized tennis balls.
But as you use these pressurized tennis balls over and over and over again, you feel like this tennis ball gets closer to the characteristics of the pressurized tennis ball Because the felt wears away. So they bounce higher as you use them more, actually. So when you first buy them, they won’t bounce as high but they will end up bouncing to the same height as these tennis balls. They’re useful when you don’t want to purchase tennis balls over and over and over again. Useful for ball machines in that case and sometimes even teaching pros Because they usually have hundreds of tennis balls together and they’re just feeding you.
And if they have to replace that every month or so, It’s going to cost a lot of money. So pressurized tennis balls are useful in that sense. So pressurized tennis balls, Ones that you find in cans, the ones that they use for matches Are good for, as I said, matches, hitting with other people and just training and really just recreational players, this is the way to go.
Definitely go pressurized. But if you’re using it for teaching pros or you’re using it for a ball machine and you have a lot of tennis balls in whatever situation you’re in, that pressureless tennis balls are something to consider Because you don’t want to have to replace your pressurized ones over and over again.
Ball Machine & Accessories
Every tennis player loves that sound. So you might not think that there’s anything that distinguishes one ball from the other, but there are a few things. Now, the first thing that is in common with every single tennis ball is they have three components. The felt, the rubber, and then they have compressed air.
From there, I’m going to talk you through the differences of a premium ball versus a Championship ball. So a premium ball is going to have a combination of woven wool with synthetic fibers.
And the more wool you have in a tennis ball, The more synthetic fibers that you have on a tennis ball are kind of not going to be as durable, not going to feel as great over time.
And that’s really going to be the price point difference in these two different balls. Also, the way the material is put together, it is woven just like a rug versus a Championship ball, where it’s more of synthetic material and its needle punch into the rubber.
So again, the biggest takeaways from this means that a premium ball is going to be more consistent, the bounce is going to be consistent, and it’s going to feel better and be more durable over time.
So that right, there is such a good reason why it’s important to invest in a good ball when you’re getting out on the court, especially when you’re playing matches. A couple of other things that we get asked all the time, what’s the difference between regular duty and extra duty or an XD ball?
So extra duty has been created specifically for hardcore use. It is going to be a more durable ball than a regular duty ball, and it’s going to fluff up a little bit more, which is a good thing. You’re going to not get that hard feel on contact.
Sometimes we see extra duty just designated as XD. So if you do see that and you’re playing on hardcore, XD is the one that you want.
Whereas regular duty balls are going to be a great ball option for clay court use. Now, a couple of other ways that you can shop for tennis balls. There are also pressure-less balls, so these are going to be more synthetic materials and a little less durable, a little less soft at impact.
But this is great for someone that has a ball machine or you’re trying to fill a big basket or you’re just looking to practice and you’re looking for a bunch of balls.
We also have high-altitude balls in our review which have been made for players that live over four ft. So the air inside the ball has been adjusted. So your playing experience is not going to be altered in any way. We also have junior balls, so there are lots of different options for the junior player. Whether it’s a big foam ball, the green dot, the red dot, or the Orange dot.
These have all been made for kids to learn the sport. It kind of slows the sport down makes the ball a little bit bigger, and is such a great learning tool. It’s also a great training tool for players looking for other ways to train. Again, there’s so much information about tennis balls. Who knew?
We have a whole page explaining everything, breaking it all down, listing some of our favorite balls in every single category. So if you want to learn more about tennis balls and anything tennis-related, be sure to go to the tennis warehouse, tennis house, Europe, or tennis only.
Discussion with a Trainer
I started a program. It stands for Fit by Tennis in 60 Days. And basically, it’s a tennis fitness program around using the ball machine for drills, nutrition and stretching. And it came about because is I went to the doctor one day and I got a physical and he gave me some really bad news.
At the time, I was 45. I’ve been traveling basically for the last 25 years on the road. I spent about 200 days on the road a year. And everybody’s always glad to see you and wants to take you out to dinner and treat you & although they may not eat poorly all the time, they’re treating you.
So if you’re in Kansas City, they want to treat you to a nice steak. If you’re in Nashville, they want to treat you the ribs, Hilton Head, they want to treat you the wings. There’s always a craft beer & so for doing that, for 25 years on the road, I became pretty poor health.
And so when I went to get my physical from the doctor, my blood pressure was 145 over 100, my glucose was 5.9, my cholesterol was 280, and my Paul sitting in his office was like 74. And he’s like, what the heck?
He was basically saying, if you don’t fix this, you could have a heart attack, you have serious health issues, diabetes, cholesterol issues, all that stuff. So we began working on this program at home and through it, we created the program.
I lost £15. Within a year, I lost £40, my glucose went to 5.0, my blood pressure went to 116 over 60, my pulse sitting in his office thing was 47. My cholesterol went down to 210. So I was much healthier and I stopped snoring.
My acid reflux went away. And so now when I wake up in the morning, it’s amazing. I feel so much more fit. And we also believe in stretching.
The stretching is very important to do the dynamic stretch, But we also create a bunch of ball machine drills, which I’d already done working out as a kid and as an adult. And so we combined the nutrition, the stretching with a series of these drills.
Okay. One of the first drills we called all-time forehand. A lot of players, when they’re working on a workout or on a ball machine, they tend to only hit a forehand, back, hand, forehand, back hand.
We really want them moving. So he’s going to hit a forehand here, run around his backhand, hit a forehand there. The next thing he’s going to do is he’s only going to hit twelve to 15 balls. Starting out, he only hit eight to ten until he gets even more fit.
So we really want him to not come out and hit 100 balls. That really isn’t very game-like. So part of the fitness routine is that they’re actually working on ten specific shots in a game-like manner. So here we go.
Mark’s going to hit, say, ten of these balls. He’s going to hit a forehand, And going to run around his backhand. He is going to hit another forehand inside out, come back over. Okay, so he’s going to do ten of those, and now he’s going to rest, and then he’s going to do ten more rest. Ten more, and then onto the next drill.
So the way works are he’s going to do each drill three times with about a 32nd rest in between and then go on to the next drill.
The very important thing about this is he’s actually working on ten specific drills in this. He’s not just hitting a forehand and then a backhand. Wow. So you see marks a little winded here. He’s going to take, like a 32nd break.
Voila the drill again, another 32nd break. The drill again. And then he’s off the next drill. So we do each drill three times with a 32nd break, and then we move on to the next drill. Okay. Our next 60 drills are called besides forehand on the rise, on the descent again, it’s a tenant-specific shot that Scott’s going to be working on here today.
He’s going to come up. He’s going to blast the forehand out of his upper-level strike zone with a horizontal finish in his upper-level strike zone. Then he’s going to back up and play an inside-out forehand in his lower-level strike zone. Okay, so here we go. Scott, let that ball get to your chest now.
Let this ball get to your chest. At your chest. Better. Get up here and rip this ball at your chest. Now rip this ball at your chest. Okay, now Scott’s going to do that drill three times, each time with a 32nd rest in between.
He’s probably going to be about a ten starting out, ten balls hit. When I first started doing that, when I started the program, I was about a six or an eight guy. Now I’m a little bit more fit. I’m about a twelve guy. But again, he’s working on a tennis-specific thing while he’s getting fit on the ball machine.
Let this ball get to your chest and blast it beautiful, it drops. And let it drop. Let it drop. All right, Scott, how do you feel? Good. Little winded. Yeah. So there we go. We want his heart rate to be up there. And now we’re going to rest for about 30 seconds, and then we’re going to do it again.
Rest 30 seconds. Do it again. We’re going to do each drill three times with the rest of 30 seconds in between.
Okay. Our next drill with the program is called a high approach touch and go and what Scott’s going to be doing is he’s going to be going up and hitting a high approach in his upper-level strike zone with a horizontal finish he’s going to be blasting the approach shot, touching the cone side, stepping back like this and then as soon as the machine throws another ball he’s going to do it again.
Maybe do seven or eight of these. He’s going to get a little gas. We stop for 30 seconds. He does it again. Stop for 30 seconds. He does it again. We do each drill three times. Side steps back get up there and just blast the high approach. Scott just finished his first program. He hit about 600 balls in the back an hour and he’s off on his way.
What does the coach say!
Hi, everyone, and welcome to a really cool session with me today. I was a top 30 WTA pro, and to be perfectly honest, working with the ball machine was not anything I did a whole lot, if at all. This was 20-25 years ago.
And ball machines, of course, have evolved. But up until recently, I was a little hesitant to work with ball machines totally changed my mind.
Totally. I’m telling you why. The Spinshot Plus Two is a phenomenal mobile ball machine. I cannot tell you how much easier it makes my life as a coach, because usually I’m about 30ft away from my client, and I can’t really see that much from that far apart.
But now that I can be on the same side as my player because I have a ball machine that has so many variations, that can do every single thing that I can do as a coach, it allows me to be right next to my client, and I’m seeing a lot more things.
So as a teacher, as a coach, it’s a fantastic investment. And as a player, that seems to give me a workout. I mean, you can vary everything. Height, speed, frequency, depth, width. You can have sequences, you can have sequences where you can vary each individual ball that’s fed is different.
And I didn’t know that ball machines could do that. Mobile ball machines, that thing fits into my car. No problem. I can lift it easily. I can walk to the court.
It has a great push handle, a pulls the handle. It’s a really, really fantastic ball machine. And I’m super excited that I can use it today. And the drill that I think a lot of people are not working on a whole lot overhead. So let’s take a closer look at the Spin Shot Plus, too.
So you see the dimensions here are really nice. You have those folding flaps that you can fold down, then it’s even smaller, and it fits about 125 balls, which I think is really enough, to be honest.
And you see here that’s the push handle or pull handle, whichever you want to say. Then you can control it in two ways & that is actually what I’m really excited about.
You can either do it manually here and just vary all the speeds, feeding frequency, height, width, the spin. It does top spin, it does back spin, it does completely random stuff. And what the cool thing is, what’s the coolest thing for me is it can do random feeds both in vertical and horizontal variations.
So you can get a lower volley, you can get a higher volley, you can absolutely mix and match all of that stuff. And what I like as a coach, of course, is that I can control this machine from my phone so I can be on the other side again, talking to the player I’m working with, explaining, showing stuff.
I can halt the machine & pause it, switch the drill, manipulate every single shot that this machine fires, and to me, that is really amazing. Because again it makes my life as a coach a lot easier.