Spinshot vs. Lobster Tennis Ball Machines Comparison

There are two brands which are synonyms for tennis ball machines. Spinshot Sports and Lobster Sports. Both are well-known in the tennis world and both produce great tennis ball machines of all levels. What are their typical features? Which brand produces better tennis ball machines? We did a small research to put all needed information for your decision here.

Content:
Spinshot and Lobster companies background
Spinshot vs. Lobster Comparison [typical features]
Spinshot & Lobster Tennis Ball Machines under $1 000 comparison
Lobster Full Product Range
Lobster Elite models
Lobster Elite Grand models
Lobster Phenom models
Spinshot Full Product Range

Spinshot and Lobster companies background

Lobster logo

Lobster Sports Inc. is an American company, which was founded by Harry Giuditta, the former banker. He took over bankrupted Green Brook Developing Company, a tennis ball machine producer in 1970. He renamed and rebuilt the company in coming years into one of the leaders of the tennis ball machine industry. Currently, the Californian company employs more than 50 employees and its quarterly revenue topped 11 Mio $ recently.

Spinshot Logo

Not very much is known about the Spinshot Sports. It has sellers all over the world, but it did not publish any company information.

Spinshot vs. Lobster Tennis Ball Machines Comparison

There are some typical features for each brand. Let’s go through basic differences between models of Spinshot and Lobster.

Product Range

Spinshot Plus 250_250

Spinshot Plus in typical green and rectangular shape

Spinshot produces five different tennis ball machines (see Spinshot full product range here). Lobster tennis ball machine product range is wider with ten different models (see Lobster full product range here).

Color

Spinshot brand color is green, Lobster tennis ball machines are usually red, or red-white colored. However, this is probably not the most important difference for any user.

Ball Capacity

Standard ball capacity for Spinshot tennis ball machines is set at 120 balls (with exception of Spinshot Lite model that has a feeder for 40 balls). Lobster ball machines standard ball capacity is 150 balls (with exception of A/C powered Phenom and Phenom Two models with ball capacity set at 250 balls).

Construction

Lobster Elite Two

Lobster Elite Two with closed feeder and folded handle

Spinshot uses powder-coated metal for case construction. The metal case adds on the weight of Spinshot ball machines which can cause problems in transportation. The positive of solid construction is its stability on the court and damage resistance. Spinshot ball machines have a rectangular shape, which makes storing very easy.

Lobster tennis ball machines are made from durable plastic. They are lighter with oversized wheels to ease the maneuverability. The reversible ball feeder and easy to fold handle are helpful in transportation and storing too.

Overcharge protection

Spinshot tennis ball machines have overcharge protection in basic setup, Lobster provides overcharge protection just with fast or premium charger. These two advanced chargers are available for free just with more advanced models.

Remote Control

Lobster provides remote control just for an additional fee, Spinshot (with exception of Lite model) gives a remote control as part of a basic package for free.

Spinshot vs. Lobster. Which one is better?

It is really hard to decide Spinshot vs. Lobster duel for the best tennis ball machine company. Both companies produce good products and it depends on the profile of a future user what machine he or she prefers. Below you can find a comparison table with all important data about all Lobster and Spinshot ball machines. We particularly emphasize the under $1 000 categories which is most searched by tennis players.

Spinshot & Lobster Tennis Ball Machines under $1 000 comparison

 

Lobster Sports Elite Liberty Tennis Ball Machine

Spinshot Lite Tennis Ball Machine

Lobster Sports Elite Freedom Portable Tennis Ball Machine

Easy to transport and easy to store model

Entry level tennis ball machine for the lowest price

Light model for flat strike practices

Top choice for beginners

Up to 7 hours of court time

For beginners and intermediate player or small tennis clubs

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POWER

Battery

Battery

Battery

WEIGHT

35 lbs

22 lbs

35 lbs

SPEED RANGE

20 to 80 mph

6 to 37 mph

35 to 65 mph

BALL CAPACITY

150 balls

40 balls

150 balls

ELEVATION

Maunal 0-50 degrees

NO

Maunal 0-50 degrees

OSCILLATION

Random horizontal

NO

Random horizontal

SPIN

Topspin and Backspin

NO

NO

COURT TIME

2 to 4 hours

5 to 7 hours

2 to 4 hours

FEED INTERVAL

2 to 12 seconds

2 to 10 seconds

2 to 10 seconds

REMOTE CONTROL

Optional two button remote control for additional fee

NO

NO

PROGRAMMED DRILLS

NO

NO

NO

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Lobster Sports Full Product Range

Lobster ELITE models

 

Elite Liberty

Elite Freedom

Elite One

Elite Two

Elite Three

Easy to transport and easy to store model

Light model for flat strike practices

Extraordinary long court time

Triple oscillation feature for match simulation practice

Two line oscillation with variable depth

Top choice for beginners

For beginners and intermediate player or small tennis clubs

For beginners and intermediate players, or small tennis clubs

For intermediate and advanced players

For intermediate and advanced players

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POWER

Battery

Battery

Battery

Battery

Battery

WEIGHT

35 lbs

35 lbs

42 lbs

42 lbs

42 lbs

SPEED RANGE

20 to 80 mph

35 to 65 mph

10 to 80 mph

10 to 80 mph

10 to 80 mph

BALL CAPACITY

150 balls

150 balls

150 balls

150 balls

150 balls

ELEVATION

Maunal 0-50 degrees

Maunal 0-50 degrees

Electrical 0-60 degrees

Electrical 0-60 degrees

Electrical 0-60 degrees

OSCILLATION

Random horizontal

Random horizontal

Random horizontal

Random horizontal, Random vertical, Combination of random and vertical

Random horizontal, Random vertical, Combination of random and vertical oscillation, 2 line (narrow & wide)

SPIN

Topspin and Backspin

NO

Topspin and Backspin

Topspin and Backspin

Topspin and Backspin

COURT TIME

2 to 4 hours

2 to 4 hours

4 to 8 hours

4 to 8 hours

4 to 8 hours

FEED INTERVAL

2 to 12 seconds

2 to 10 seconds

2 to 12 seconds

2 to 12 seconds

2 to 12 seconds

REMOTE CONTROL

Optional two button remote control for additional fee

NO

Optional two button remote control for additional fee

Optional two button remote control or elite10 (full control) remote or apple phone remote for additional fee

Optional two button remote control or elite10 (full control) remote or apple phone remote for additional fee

PROGRAMMED DRILLS

NO

NO

NO

NO

NO

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Lobster ELITE GRAND models

 

Elite Grand Four

Elite Grand Five

Elite Grand Five LE

6 preloaded 6-shot drills

12 preloaded drills + 6 custom drills

12 preloaded drills + 12 custom drills, 18 shot locactions

For intermediate and advanced players

For intermediate and advanced players

For
advanced players

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POWER

Battery

Battery

Battery

WEIGHT

44 lbs

44 lbs

44 lbs

SPEED RANGE

35 to 80 mph

35 to 80 mph

35 to 80 mph

BALL CAPACITY

150 balls

150 balls

150 balls

ELEVATION

Electrical 0-60 degrees

Electrical 0-60 degrees

Electrical 0-60 degrees

OSCILLATION

Random horizontal, Random vertical, Combination of random and vertical oscillation, Fully random, 2 line (narrow, medium, wide)

Random horizontal, Random vertical, Combination of random and vertical oscillation, Fully random, 2 line (narrow, medium, wide)

Random horizontal, Random vertical, Combination of random and vertical oscillation, Fully random, 2 line (narrow, medium, wide), with random speed, spin, feed rate

SPIN

Topspin and Backspin

Topspin and Backspin

Topspin and Backspin

COURT TIME

4 to 8 hours

4 to 8 hours

4 to 8 hours

FEED INTERVAL

2 to 9 seconds

2 to 9 seconds

2 to 9 seconds

REMOTE CONTROL

Optional 20-function remote control or Android or Apple phone remote for additional fee

Optional 20-function remote control or Android or Apple phone remote for additional fee

Optional 20-function remote control or Android or Apple phone remote for additional fee

PROGRAMMED DRILLS

6 Preloaded drills

12 Preloaded drills + 6 custom drills

12 Preloaded drills + 12 custom drills with 18 shot locations

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Lobster PHENOM models

 

Phenom

Phenom Two

6 preloaded drills

12 preloaded drills +12 custom drills, 6 shots each, 18 shot locations

Fully simulates match conditions

Infinite variations for personalized court drills

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POWER

A/C powered

A/C powered

WEIGHT

99 lbs

99 lbs

SPEED RANGE

35 to 80 mph

35 to 80 mph

BALL CAPACITY

250 balls

250 balls

ELEVATION

Electrical 0-50 degrees

Electrical 0-50 degrees

OSCILLATION

Random horizontal, random vertical, 2-line (narrow, medium & wide), fully random with random speed, spin, feed rate

Random horizontal (short, mid, deep); random vertical (left, middle, right), 2-line (narrow, medium & wide) fully random with random speed, spin, feed rate

SPIN

Topspin and Backspin

Topspin and Backspin

COURT TIME

unlimited (a/c powered)

unlimited (a/c powered)

FEED INTERVAL

2 to 9 seconds

2 to 9 seconds

REMOTE CONTROL

Optional 20-function remote control or Android or Apple phone remote for additional fee

Optional 20-function remote control or Android or Apple phone remote for additional fee

PROGRAMMED DRILLS

6 Preloaded drills

12 preloaded drills + 12 custom drills, 6 shots each, 18 shot locations

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Spinshot Sports Full Product Range

 

Spinshot

PLUS-2

PLAYER

PLUS

PRO

LITE

Full programmability of settings and drills

Set programme and control with your phone

Good value for price paid

Side to side ball shooting

Entry level tennis ball machine

With easy readable OLED screen

Most popular between TennisProGuru readers

For intermediate players in need to practice the swing

For beginners and intermediate players

Up to 7 hours of court time

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POWER

Battery or A/C

Battery or A/C

Battery

Battery

Battery

WEIGHT

46 lbs

46 lbs

46 lbs

44 lbs

22 lbs

SPEED RANGE

18 to 68 mph

18 to 68 mph

18 to 68 mph

18 to 68 mph

6 to 37 mph

BALL CAPACITY

120 balls

120 balls

120 balls

120 balls

40 balls

ELEVATION

Electrical 0-50 degrees

Electrical 0-50 degrees

Electrical 0-50 degrees

Electrical 0-50 degrees

NO

OSCILLATION

Horizontal, Vertical, Random, 2-line

Horizontal, Vertical, Random

Horizontal, Vertical, 2-line, random

Random horizontal

NO

SPIN

Topspin and Backspin

Topspin and Backspin

Topspin and Backspin

Topspin and Backspin

NO

COURT TIME

2 to 3 hours

2 to 3 hours

2 to 3 hours

2 to 3 hours

5 to 7 hours

FEED INTERVAL

2 to 10 seconds

2 to 10 seconds

2 to 10 seconds

2 to 10 seconds

2 to 10 seconds

REMOTE CONTROL

Phone Remote Control + Apple Watch

Phone Remote Control + Apple Watch

Phone remote control

Two button remote control

NO

PROGRAMMED DRILLS

12 adjustable preprogrammed drills

12 adjustable preprogrammed drills

NO

NO

NO

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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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