If you are looking for the best tennis ball machine for beginners, Lobster Sports Elite Liberty is your best option. It is also the best-selling tennis ball machine on Amazon and comes at a very reasonable price.
Apart from its typical Lobster inspired design, it has some cool features. An important thing to note here is that this machine comes with free-shipping only in United States. Lobster doesn’t ship it outside US because of the excessive shipping cost.
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With a large ball capacity of 150 balls, Elite Liberty is a battery operated tennis ball machine which gives you the option to control and change the ball speeds from 20 mph to as high as 80 mph.
It generates a nice spin as well and has a feed rate of 2-10 seconds. The battery gives you a backup time of up to 4 hours.
With Elite Liberty, you can also program it for topspin, backspin, elevation and random oscillation for a challenging practice session.
Weighing only 36 pounds, this machine is portable, easy to move around the net or lift it up to your car’s trunk.
Here are the key features of Lobster Sports Elite Liberty Tennis Ball Machine.
With the option to feed balls randomly from side to side, Elite Liberty offer random oscillation feature that can be enabled with the push of a button. This is the horizontal oscillation that nicely feeds the ball on both corners of the court and gives you a challenging play session.
Though you cannot control how far right or left the ball should land, still playing with its random oscillation feature you will get a nice angle all around the court.
One thing we’ve found to adjust the far right and left control is to bring the machine closer to the net. This will reduce the angle.
Ball Capacity, Size & Portability
Weighing only 35 pounds or 15.8 kg, Lobster Elite is quite a light weight tennis ball machine which is easily portable. Its dimensions are 21 x 14 x 21 inches and this makes it compact enough to be stored in small spaces or even your car’s trunk.
Its ball hopper can store 150 balls at a time so you won’t have to worry about refilling it again and again.
To make it more compact, you can turn its gray plastic bin upside down. Also, mounted on to large wheels and having a convenient handle makes it easier for you to move it around the court.
Spin & Speed
If we compared it with Lobster Elite Freedom, Lobster Sports Elite Grand Five Tennis Ball Machine and Lobster Sports Elite Freedom Portable Tennis Ball Machine you can easily control the spin on the ball via its control panel.
This can be both topspin and backspin. Both for topspin and backspin the adjustments vary between -4 to +4 and in between. You can also add flat feeds for more interesting play through.
For the speed, it can be as much as 80 mph. However, I would recommend to adjust it for lower speeds if you are a beginner.
Finally, it has a feed rate of 2 to 12 seconds. This means, you can adjust the machine to feed the ball as slow as 12 seconds or as high as 2 seconds only. If you want to master your volleys, 2 seconds feed rate is the great.
Needless to say its elevation knob located on the right hand side can be adjusted from 0 to 50 degrees.
Here are some drawbacks we found in this machine.
Handle is not Sturdy
Its carrying handle is not sturdy and feels like it may break if you pull the machine with too much force.
While the backup time of 4 hours seems good but it is not as great as other models on the market for the same price.
Material & Construction
Elite Liberty is made from durable plastic body which makes it light in weight and is backed by 2-year solid warranty.
It is a great machine that comes are very reasonable price and all the features that a player needs to improve his skills.
Who Is It For
Ideally, Lobster Elite Liberty is perfect for the beginners and intermediate level players.
If you want to take your game to the next level and win matches, this machine can definitely help to polish your skills.