Ball Machine Guru
At the moment there are two models of tennis ball machine from Spinfire, the Pro 1, Pro 2 and there are more models in the pipeline. At the moment there is a small price differential between the two models making the Pro 2 exceptional good value for money considering the functions available, it has more functions than a Lobster elite 3 but is surprisingly cheaper considering the great build quality of the Spinfire.
The Spinfire Pro series uses “extreme grip” counter rotating wheels to propel the balls. This is the most effective method of ball propulsion allowing the machine to remain silent and effectively produce topspin and slice. The wheels are black to help disguise their location inside the machine, helping to make each shot less predictable.
These machines allow for the hopper to be reversed to neatly cover the machine making it very compact. The solid wheels and handle allow you to easily move the machine. The handle is stored underneath the machine and extends when required.
The “extreme grip” created by the throwing wheels on the translate into very high levels of topspin & slice. When set at the maximum level, the difficulty of the spin is so high that if you can master it, you will have no trouble dealing with your opponent’s in real match play. Of course you can always set the spin to much easier levels for more realistic practice.
The Spinfire Pro series of ball machines oscillates horizontally internally and moves quickly making shots less predictable. This design moves away from the traditional ball machine model of oscillating the whole body which is slower and more predictable.
Spinfire Pro 1 specification:
Ball Speed – 21 levels from 24 to 70mph with no spin (set at 0-20)
Ball Topspin – 10 levels from none to medium topspin (set 0 to +10)
Ball Underspin – 10 levels from none to medium underspin (set 0 to -10)
Ball Interval – 21 intervals from 2.3 seconds to 20 seconds (set at 0-20)
Ball Elevation – 200 elevation positions from 8 to 55 degrees (set at 0-200)
Ball Direction – any fixed direction over the full width of the singles court
Horizontal Oscillator – continuous movement from side to side over the full width of the singles court 19.5 degrees
Ball hopper capacity - 200 + balls
Remote control – None, optional extra
Power supply – 1 x 12V 20AH rechargeable battery
Charger – smart 4A battery charger
Battery running time – approx. 2.5 hours continuous use, up to 5 hours court time
Construction - Purple heavy duty plastic case, reversible white hopper, telescopic towing handle
Suitable for - beginners to advanced players
Spinfire Pro 2 specification:
As above but also includes the following
Remote control – 9 button, 11 function hand-held transmitter
2 line narrow facility - offers alternate forehand and backhand shots aimed at half the width of the singles court
2 line medium facility - offers alternate forehand and backhand shots aimed at halfway between the narrow and wide function
2 line wide facility - offers alternate forehand and backhand shots aimed at the corners of the singles court
Vertical Oscillator – continuous movement up and down over 4.5 degrees
Dual Oscillator – continuous movement side to side and up & down
Optional extras include:
Spinfire ball machine carry case
this water resistant heavy duty carry case will allow you to use the handles to transport the machine to and from your destination. It also includes pockets for storing the remote control, charger and other items. The machine can still be wheeled while using this case.
Spinfire tennis ball machines are made by a fairly new manufacturer on the scene but dont let that put you off. These guys know what they're doing the machines have had a lot of thought put into them and now they are taking the UK by storm.
Spinfire Pro 1
Guide price £1500
Spinfire Pro 2
Guide price £1600
Both of these models come into the "best of both worlds" category, they can be tamed to suit the younger, more inexperienced player and they can be turned up to give the good players a run for their money.
In short they are great for begginers right up to advanced players and coaches alike, with great features the Spinfire tennis ball machine is a good allrounder.
See below for a video of the spinfire Pro 2 in action.
Membrane touch control panel
Suitcase style collapsible towing handle
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