Lobster Phenom 2 Electric Ball Machine (Model #ec02)
Lobster Sports' innovation continues with the release of the new Phenom 2 electric club series machine. The Phenom 2 offers superior functionality and performance at a price unequalled in the industry. The Phenom 2 is a fully programmable machine that offers cutting edge digital technology. This proprietary technology allows you to program your own custom court drills to an incredible 18 shot locations while customizing shot elements such as: speed, spin, and feed rate too. The variations for customizable shots are infinite. Create personalized court drills capable of simulating match play like never before. Anyone can transform the weak points of their game into areas of complete domination.
Programmability: 6 custom drills can be saved with 6 shots each, 18 shot locations
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, Deep Court Locations or Random Depth)
Pre-programmed Court Drills: Six separate six-shot court drills; Grinder, Power Baseliner, All Courter, Approach, Attack/Defend, & Forehand Plus
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 2 comes equipped with three pre-programmed court drills that simulate the most popular styles of tennis played today - grinder, all-courter, and power baseliner. In addition, the Phenom 2 is loaded with three additional drills replicating game like rallies. Master aspects of the game by practicing against; forehand plus, transition, and the attack/defend drill.
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.
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.
FOREHAND PLUS DRILL
The Forehand Plus drill throws balls with moderate topspin and more arc giving the player more time to set-up for a forehand shot. This drill will accentuate the player's dominant forehand stroke while maintaining proper court position.
ATTACK / DEFEND DRILL
The Attack/Defend drill throws balls using greater ball speed and minimal spin making the player move in and out of the corners and across the baseline quickly. This drill will put emphasis on the mental and physical aspects needed to both attack and defend against your opponent's shots.
The Approach drill throws balls with various spins and arcs aimed for the player to approach into the court after playing an aggressive ball. This drill will promote correct approach and net position, along with the proper covering of the line.
The Phnom 2 has a revolutionary digital touch-button control panel with an LCD screen giving you a complete view of all menu selections and settings. There is also an optional 2-function wireless remote control enabling you to make changes to most every aspect of the machine from the other side of the net. The hand-held remote controller allows you to control: sweep, random oscillation, 2-line, court drills, speed, spin, and feed rate.
3-Line Function Narrow, Medium, & Wide
The Phenom 2 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 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.
Cutting Edge LCD 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.