Lobster Phenom Electric Ball Machine

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Lobster Phenom Electric Ball Machine (Model #ec01)

The Phenom is among the latest tennis ball machines to be released by Lobster Sports. The Phenom is designed for tennis clubs, resorts, and home court owners looking for the latest in tennis ball machine technology at a price well below the competition. The Phenom offers unrivaled full random oscillation. This revolutionary design allows the machine to throw balls throughout the entire spectrum of the court mixing up speed, spin, trajectory, oscillation, and feed rate. This fully random technological advancement allows for the Phenom to realistically simulate true match play, a feature that is unsurpassed by any machine in its class.



Specs:
Oscillation: Random Horizontal (Short, Mid, Deep); Random Vertical (Left, Middle, Right); Fully Random Horizontal & Vertical with variable Speed & Spin; Triple-Oscillation (Random Depth, fixed Speed & Spin)
3-Line Function: 3 Positional Settings; Narrow, Medium, & Wide (Select Short, Medium or Random Depth)
Pre-programmed Court Drills: 3 separate six-shot drills (Grinder, Power Baseliner, All-Courter)
Speed: 35 to 80 MPH
Ball Capacity: 250
Feed Rate: 2 to 9 seconds, random
Power: AC (battery models available)
Elevation: Electronic, 0-50 degrees
Spin Control: Top; Back
Weight: 99 lbs.
Dimensions: 32" x 25" x 50"
20-Function Wireless Remote Control: optional, $300
Warranty: 2 Years




Fully Random Oscillation with variable Speed & Spin



The Phenom is also equipped with three pre-programmed six shot drills that simulate the most popular styles of play - grinder, all courter, and power baseliner. These incredible drills mix up speed, spin, feed rate, and trajectory preparing you to dominate your competitors.



The Grinder Drill


The Grinder tries to wear down his opponents physically and mentally, waiting for the other player to make a crucial mistake. This player hits high, loopy, moderate spin shots that will challenge all players.




 

Power Baseliner Drill


The Power Baseliner is a player who is explosive in their shot selection, playing with pace and aggression and minimal spin. This player exhibits an attacking style, known as "first strike" tennis.




 

All-Courter Drill


The All-Courter is a player type that focuses their game on tactical savvy. He/she can compete well from the baseline and will come to the net to finish points. When playing this type of player, expect a great deal of shot variety.






 

All-Courter Drill


The All-Courter is a player type that focuses their game on tactical savvy. He/she can compete well from the baseline and will come to the net to finish points. When playing this type of player, expect a great deal of shot variety.



3-Line Function Narrow, Medium, & Wide



The Phenom comes standard with the revolutionary Lexan touch-button control panel with digital LCD screen which allows you to view all menu selections and settings. For operation while "on the fly" the Phenom has an optional 20-function wireless remote control available. The state-of-the-art compact controller allows you to adjust most every function of the machine with just a push of a button. Enjoy instantaneous changes in functionality like; play/pause, oscillation, sweep, fully random, 2-line, speed, feed, spin, and much more.

Moonballer Drill

Moonballers can be a nightmare to play against. Think of it like slow pitch softball. The high arcing pitch looks like it should be easy to hit, but it's not! To play the moonballer, you need patience or a combination of patience and a good midcourt swinging volley to move forwards and finish the points. Try practicing both!  Also, don't be afraid to move back and let the high bouncing ball drop to a more comfortable height.

Slicer Drill

Some of the most effective club level players are called "hackers" by their friends. Others call them "slicers and dicers!" Typically these players can slice or chop their groundstrokes, keeping the ball low and hard to return. To play a "slicer" remember to bend your knees a little lower than normal, minimize unforced errors, and be ready for a long match! These players are usually very steady and will move you all around the court.

Lefty Drill

Most players are right-handed, which can make playing a lefty a relatively uncomfortable experience. Just don't be the player who doesn't even realize they just played a lefty until the match is over! It's important to know that most left-handers have strong forehands groundstrokes and strong backhand volleys. But, they often have weaker slice backhand groundstrokes and have trouble with low forehand volleys. The feeds from the machine in this sequence are designed to simulate what a lefty might throw at you!

Beginner Drill

Beginners need encouragement and success. This 6-ball drill is meant to help beginners improve and build confidence. Balls are fed into the middle 50% of the court, at slow to medium speed and land in the area between the service line and 9 feet in front of the baseline. Beginners should try to hit all 6 balls to land past the service line on the opposite side of the net. A more challenging variation is for the hitter to call out which side of the court they are aiming for (crosscourt or down the line) before striking each ball. Hit 6 balls and then pause the machine to simulate a relatively long point.

Intermediate Drill

Intermediates need to be challenged to reach more advanced levels. This 6-ball drill will help intermediates improve their court coverage and execute a variety of shots. The goal for the hitter is to land all 6 balls behind the service line with 4 of the 6 balls to land in the deep half of the backcourt area as shown in the diagram. Hit only 6 balls at a time and then pause the machine to simulate a relatively long point. A more challenging variation is for the hitter to call out which side of the court they are aiming for (crosscourt or down the line) before striking each ball.

Advanced Drill

Advanced players need to be challenged by pace and placement to reach even more advanced levels. This drill is designed to help advanced players develop higher shot tolerance while learning to quickly identify "opportunity" balls that can be attacked. Hit at least 2 balls into a right-handed opponent's backhand court, then on the next relatively short ball fed from the machine, attack that ball with an inside-in forehand to the opponent's forehand side. Hit it crosscourt or run around a backhand to execute this shot. The only rule is the machine is only allowed to feed 6 balls in each sequence before being paused. Therefore the hitter will be pressured to look for the first opportunity ball to attack on the 3rd, 4th, 5th, or 6th ball fed.


New Control Panel

The Phenom is also equipped with the most revolutionary control panel and optional wireless remote control found today. The "Lexan" control panel utilizes "touch-buttons" instead of dials, knobs, and switches. It also has a digital LCD screen which allows you to view all menu selections and settings. For those players who consider themselves "technologically challenged", do not fear. The Phenom was developed to be incredibly user friendly and can be operated by even the youngest of players.



20 Function Remote Control



For operation of the machine while "on the fly", the Phenom has an optional 20-function wireless remote control available. The state-of-the-art compact controller allows you to adjust most every function of the machine with just a push of a button. Enjoy instantaneous changes in functionality like; play/pause, oscillation sweep, fully random, 3-line, speed, feed, spin, and much more.