Tennis Tutor Prolite and Prolite Plus ball machines are made for beginners and intermediate players. Both models have the same base, however, there are some differences in features and price. We looked at both models to find out which one is better for beginners and which one is better for intermediate players. Check our review below.
+ long court time [Prolite Plus]
+ topspin and oscillation feature [Prolite Plus]
+ low weight [Prolite]
+ ball capacity [Prolite]
+ remote control option [both models]
+ for beginners and intermediate players
– ball capacity [Prolite Plus]
– no spin [Prolite]
– oscillation just for a fee [Prolite]
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Ball Speed: 10 to 75 mph (Prolite Plus); 10 to 60 mph (Prolite)
Programmable Drills: none
Ball Feed Interval: 1.5 seconds to 10 seconds
Ball Capacity: 110 balls (Prolite Plus); 125 balls (Prolite)
Phone Compatibility: No
Battery life: 3 – 4 hours (Prolite Plus); 2 – 3 hours (Prolite)
Battery charging: 18 hours for a fully charged battery
Weight: 36 lbs (16 kg) for Prolite Plus; 29 lbs (13 kg) for Prolite
Dimensions: Height: 20 in (51 cm) Length: 22 in (56 cm) Width: 14 in (35 cm) for Prolite Plus; Height: 12 in (30.5 cm) Length: 19.5 in (50 cm) Width: 18 in (46 cm) for Prolite
Tennis Tutor Prolite is the third model for beginners and intermediate players from the Sports Tutor company. It has all you know from the Tennis Cube tennis ball machine and adds a little bit more. Prolite has two versions, one is the Prolite itself, and the second is Prolite Plus.
Tennis Tutor Prolite is a bit bigger than Tennis Tutor Cube (29 pounds versus 24 pounds). The weight and dimension increase resulted in longer battery life (from 2 to 3 hours) and a higher speed of ball toss (up to 60 mph).
Prolite Plus is even better. The court time is prolonged up to 4 hours, and the speed maximum reaches 75 mph. Tennis Tutor Prolite Plus also has random horizontal oscillation (a feature optional for Prolite and Tennis Cube for an additional fee) and a topspin feature. However, more functions are mirrored in the body of the machine. The weight is 7 pounds more (36 pounds for Prolite Plus), and the dimensions are also larger (8 inches higher).
The extra weight of Tennis Tutor Prolite Plus is balanced by built-in wheels and handles for better manipulation.
Both models have a manual elevation of shots. The interesting difference is ball capacity, as smaller and cheaper Prolite has a feeder for 125 balls and bigger Prolite Plus for just 110 balls.
You need to pick more expensive models from Sports Tutor for preprogrammed or customized drills. The topspin level and random oscillation are all you get from Tennis Tutor Prolite Plus.
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Tennis Tutor Prolite and Prolite Plus come with a start-up delay of 5 seconds like other Tennis Tutor ball machines. Moreover, both models have the option to buy foot-operated remote control (start/stop ball delivery) for an additional fee. Tennis Tutor Prolite Plus also can be equipped with a common two-button remote control. This remote control is a step in the right direction as it controls the side-to-side range of ball throws.
Battery life & recharging
The court time of both models is significantly better than the Cube model court time. Prolite offers 2 to 3 hours (depending on the way of use) and Prolite Plus, even 3 to 4 hours. That is the standard court time for most tennis ball machines in this price category. The recharging of the battery can be done overnight, and the charger has smart overcharge protection.
Tennis Tutor Prolite/Prolite Plus Pricing & Our Verdict
The pricing of Tennis Tutor Prolite and Prolite Plus is just at the border of our $ and $$ categories. Tennis Tutor Prolite can be bought for slightly under $1000, but if you also add an oscillator and pedal remote control or a towing cart, you will cross the thousand easily. The Prolite Plus tennis ball machine is slightly over $1000, but it is already equipped with an oscillator and topspin. That makes Tennis Tutor Prolite Plus, our favourite in terms of features to price ratio. Prolite is lighter and, therefore, more suitable for kids. Prolite Plus is a bit heavier but equipped with wheels and a handle for transport. I would recommend Prolite Plus for lower intermediate players who are bored with repeating flat shots from the same position again and again. Random oscillation and a bit of topspin featured by Prolite Plus will add fun to everyday practice.