Spinshot Plus-2 is the top-end model from SpinshotSports. They advertise it as the combination of their successful Player and Plus tennis ball machines. So we decided to look at Spinshot Plus-2 to decide if it is worth the price asked. Here is our review of the Spinshot Plus-2 tennis ball machine.
SPINSHOT PLUS-2 TENNIS BALL MACHINE
Preprogrammed 12 drills of 6 shots
Ball Capacity: 120 Balls
Ability to adjust preset programmes or program new drills
Speed control in steps not in exact numbers
Possibility to adjust or set 5 different parameters
8 to 15 hours recharging interval
Battery life 2 to 3 hours
App for phone remote control for free
Apple Watch connectivity and compatibility
LED Screen on the control panel
Stable metal construction but still easy to maneuvre
Realistically simulates match conditions
The top end model for advanced players
Ball Feed Speed: 30 to 110 kmph [18 to 68 mph]
Ball Feed Interval: 2 seconds to 10 seconds
Ball Capacity: 120 balls
Programmable Drills: Yes
Phone Compatibility: Android or iPhone, connection via Wi-Fi
Battery life: 2 – 3 hours (depending on the chosen drill, higher speed and faster feed rate needs more power and dry batter sooner)
Battery charging: 8 to 15 hours for a fully charged battery
Weight: 19 kg [42 lbs]for the AC model, 21 kg [46 lbs]for the battery model
Dimensions: Height: 50 cm [21 in] Length: 50 cm [21 in] Width: 35 cm [14 in]
Case Construction: Powder-coated metal
We mentioned it at the start of our review, Spinshot Plus-2 tennis ball machine is the combination of features offered in slightly cheaper Player and Plus tennis ball machine model. If you already know the Player and Plus, you will not be surprised by the features Plus-2 provides to its users.
The Spinshot Plus-2 offers the LED screen on the control panel taken from the Spinshot Plus model and also programmability feature from Spinshot Player.
Other features remain the same for all Plus, Player, and Plus-2 models.
Speed feed ranges from 18 to 68 mph. It can be adjusted on the control panel and it has 20 different levels. Therefore, you will be able to adjust the speed very accurately. However, I would prefer to see the exact speed in mph on the LED screen.
Feed intervals can be set up between 2 to 10 intervals.
There are 18 different ball spin possibilities embedded in the Plus-2 tennis ball machine. You can choose between 9 levels of backspin and 9 different levels of topspin plus flat shot possibility.
Spinshot Plus-2 can be equipped with “High-Spin”. These models use high power motors so the speed of the ball does not decrease when a player sets a high spin drill. This model is approximately $100 more expensive than normal model.
Electrical elevation between 0 to 50 degrees is the obvious part of Spinshot tennis ball machines except for the cheapest Lite model.
Ball capacity set at 120 balls is standard for Spinshot tennis ball machines.
There are 12 preprogrammed drills in the Plus-2 machine. Each drill consists of 6 ball shots. On top of it, you can adjust every drill or you can program a new drill for yourself. The same setup we know from the Spinshot Player tennis ball machine.
You can find more about the drills and programmability in our Spinshot Player review.
Spinshot Plus-2 has the possibility to be controlled via phone remote control or watch remote control. Either you have Android or Apple phone you will be able to start, adjust the drill or program the new drill from the other side of the court.
The application offers the needed comfort. When you get used to the interface, you will never be using the control panel on the machine again.
The added Apple watch connectivity is another sweetener. I like this possibility very much. You can prepare everything on your phone when you have enough time before the practice. Then you easily turn on the machine from your watch. No need to have your phone in your pocket during the play. Thumbs up!
Check other reviews of the Spinshot Plus-2 tennis ball machine on Amazon here.
Battery life & recharging
Spinshot Plus-2 offers the usual 2 to 3 hours of court time. The recharging takes 8 to 15 hours and recharger has the overcharge protection embedded.
I know that 2 hours of practice time is usually enough for most of the players. But looking at the competition at Lobster or Spinshot Lite, they offer a lot more practice time. The short court time can be a problem if you use a tennis ball machine in a club for consecutive practices.
It would be worth considering for engineers in Spinshot to add also the bigger battery to its premium model.
Spinshot Plus-2 is made from powdered metal. Its solid construction is stable and resistant to ball hits. The weight is appropriate and can not cause any problem to juniors or ladies on the court. The wheels ease the maneuverability on and off the court.
The dimensions of the Spinshot Plus-2 let it be transported in the back seat of your car. The rectangular shape is very welcome if you need to store it in your garage during winters.
Spinshot Plus-2 Pricing & Our Verdict
Spinshot Plus-2 is suitable for any intermediate or advanced player who is tired of repeating shot drills. Plus-2 offers full programmability and is able to simulate match conditions realistically. The preprogrammed drills will satisfy even professional tennis players and if not, you still have the possibility to program your own drill to satisfy your actual needs.
Spinshot Plus-2 tennis ball machine has everything SpinshotSports can offer. It has the programmability of the Player model and LED screen on the control panel of the Plus model. I can live without the LED screen, as I would use the phone app for remote control. Therefore, I would decide between the Player and Plus-2 as both of them has the preprogrammed drills and also the possibility to program your own drills. Both models are priced well below $2000 and give you premium quality for that price.