Lobster Elite One Tennis Ball Machine Review

Lobster Elite One Tennis Ball Machine belongs to cheaper models with a price tag slightly over $1000. What do you get for this money? Can it satisfy also intermediate and advanced players? Read our review below to find out.

LOBSTER SPORTS ELITE ONE TENNIS BALL MACHINE

PROs

CONs

Extraordinary long battery life

Longer recharging time

Ball Capacity

No over-charge protection

Easy to store

No programmed drills available

Speed and Feed interval set in exact metrics (mph and seconds)

Remote control just for additional fee

Ability to set 4 different parameters of shots (topspin and backspin included)

Just one random horizontal oscillation program

Electric elevation

Wide speed range

Ideal for beginners or intermediate players who need to practice and polish their shot technique

Ideal for tennis clubs for several practices in a row

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Content:

Technical Specifications
Features
Available Drills
Remote Control
Battery life & Recharging
Construction
Pricing & Our Verdict

or check our guide to all important features and parameters the best tennis ball machines should have.


Technical Specifications:

Ball Feed Speed: 10 to 80 mph (16 to 130 kmph)
Ball Feed Interval: 2 seconds to 12 seconds
Ball Capacity: 150 balls
Programmable Drills: none

Phone Compatibility: none

Battery life: 4 – 8 hours
Battery charging: 12 to 16 hours for a fully charged battery

Weight: 42 lbs (19 kg)
Dimensions: Height: 21 in (53 cm) Length: 21 in (53 cm) Width: 14 in (35 cm)
Case Construction: Durable plastic body

Features

Lobster Elite One belongs to basic models intended for the repeated practice of shot swings. Feeder capacity 150 balls gives any beginner or intermediate players enough space and time to practice his forehands and backhands again and again.

Lobster Elite One Control Panel

Lobster Elite One Control Panel

However, even this basic model has some interesting features that can satisfy also more advanced players and coaches.

It has electrical elevation in the range from 0 to 60 degrees (even more expensive models have range 0 to 50 degrees). Elite One tennis ball machine has 4 different topspin and backspin (called underspin) levels available. Speed range is pretty wide from 10 to 80 mph and set up is very easy, with exact speed rates shown on a control panel.

Feed interval can be set between 2 and 12 seconds which is pretty much standard for all Lobster tennis ball machines.

In terms of oscillation, Lobster Elite One has just one possibility. Random corner to corner horizontal oscillation. That can be too little for better players, who want to simulate match exchanges.

Available Drills

Lobster Elite One tennis ball machines do not have any drill programs embedded. Advanced players usually need to practice shot sequences with different height, direction, and speed in one simulation. That is not possible with the Elite One. However, in this price category, you hardly find any other tennis ball machine with preloaded drills. You need to move to a higher category for this feature.

Looking for a more advanced model with preprogrammed drills and remote control? Check our Spinshot Player tennis ball machine review.

Remote control

Unfortunately, the remote control is not part of Lobster Elite One ball machine supply. You can order two-button remote control for an additional fee of $99. Elite remote has two buttons for turning on and off the ball feed and oscillation regime. It is a pretty simple solution and for adjusting the parameters of shots you need to use a control panel on the machine.

Check other reviews of Lobster Elite One tennis ball machine on Amazon here.

Battery life & recharging

Battery life 4 to 8 hours makes Lobster Elite One unique. Lobster Sports is known for batteries with good capacity, but in this price category, you hardly get this kind of court time. Well done from Lobster. I would like to see any beginner stay on the court for 8 long hours practicing his swing 🙂 However, such a long time can be an advantage for any tennis club. This ball machine can serve to several practice sessions in a row without the need of recharging.

Recharging time is a little bit longer, but it can be understood for such a big 18 amp battery. What makes recharging more complicated is no overcharge protection. Recharge for 16 hours is one thing, to remember to switch off recharger is the second thing.

There is a possibility to invest in fast ($99) or premium charger ($149). It will shorten the recharging time to 8 or even 4 hours and has overcharge protection embedded. You should consider whether this small investment would make your life with Lobster Elite One more comfortable.

Construction

Lobster Elite One is made from durable plastic like other Lobster tennis ball machines. I was a little bit surprised by its weight. 42 pounds is a bit more than I was used with a bit cheaper Elite Liberty model. Thanks to oversized wheels and plastic handle you will not feel any problems in moving Elite One on the court.

However, the problems may come when you need to transport this ball machine in the car. It can be too heavy and hard to grasp for one person, even well built. I would not recommend to try it to less build man or ladies. Oval form (even with pretty small length, height, and width) is not an ideal shape for carrying.

On a positive note, the Lobster Sports system of folding the handle and inverting the feeder is perfect for storage. It really saves the space and makes it much easier to find a place in a garage during the winter season break.

Lobster Elite One Pricing & Our Verdict

Lobster Elite One offer good value to price for any beginner or intermediate player who need to practice shots regularly.

Remote control for an additional fee and only random horizontal oscillation feature are the weaknesses of this tennis ball machine.

On the contrary, the price just slightly north of $1000, oversized ball feeder, extraordinary long battery life, and wide speed interval are the biggest positives of the Elite One tennis ball machine. 

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Simon is the leading editor of TennisProGuru.com from 2015. He is an avid tennis player from age of 5, however, he never reached the pro level. Still, he likes playing tennis on different courts, with different rackets, and against different opponents. In his free time, you can find him watching all possible tennis matches he can find on the web or tv. Challenger or Grand Slam? It does not matter, just tennis matters.

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