The Elite Grand Slam IV is the most advanced battery operated portable tennis ball machine in the world. The Grand Slam IV offers unrivaled full random triple oscillation. This revolutionary design allows the machine to throw balls throughout the entire spectrum of the court mixing up speed, spin, trajectory and oscillation. Triple oscillation allows the machine to oscillate both vertically and horizontally simultaneously, allowing for random shots. Furthermore, the Grand Slam IV is programmed to never throw the ball out of the court. This fully random technological advancement allows for the Grand Slam IV to realistically simulate true match play, a feature that is unsurpassed by any portable tennis ball machine on the market. The Grand Slam IV is also equipped with six pre-programmed six shot drills that simulates the most popular styles of play - grinder, all courter, and power baseliner. These incredible drills mix up speed, trajectory, and spin to prepare you to play against the world's elite! With the press of a button, you can now practice against the playing style of your choice.
In addition, the Grand Slam IV is equipped with the most extensive 2-Line function found today. With its three versatile positional settings; Narrow, Medium, and Wide, you can groove your forehand and backhand ground strokes or use it as a great way to warm up your shots. Random, variable depth in 2-Line varies the depth of the shot randomly (short, mid and deep) within the normal 2-Line drills if selected. The user can select narrow, medium, wide 2-Line drills and if interested, select variable depth to keep things interesting.
Ideal for intermediate to advanced players as well as professional coaches.
A random feed option allows users to vary the rate or time interval between ball tosses. Mixing up the ball rate interval simulates match play and keeps players on their toes.
The Grand Slam IV is also equipped with the most revolutionary control panel and 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 Grand Slam IV was developed to be incredibly user friendly and can be operated by even the youngest of players. For operation of the machine while "on the fly", the Grand Slam IV has an optional 15-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.
Random Feed Option
Triple Oscillation: Simultaneous Horizontal and Vertical, Random Horizontal, Random Vertical, Fully Random Horizontal & Vertical
Two Line Feature: Narrow, Medium and Wide with Random Variable Depth
Speed: 30-80 mph
Spin: Top, Back
Feed Rate: 2-12 Seconds
Battery Life: 4-8 Hours
Elevation: Electronic, 0-50 degrees
Weight: 44 Lbs.
150 Ball Capacity.
2 Year Warranty - Parts & Labor (Unless Misused)
1 Year Warranty – Accessories
6 Month Warranty - Battery & Replacement Parts
Comments about Lobster Sports Lobster Elite Grand Four:
The Short Story: A great investment to dramatically improve your tennis game and fitness level with a machine that has implemented the right set of features and functions! Proud owner of an Elite Grand IV with 20 function remote and cover.
The Long Story: I spent quite a bit of time evaluating whether or not to get a machine, and then which machine and from which manufacturer. At first inspection, the cost for any machine with the features I wanted was pricey. The initial sticker shock kind of held me back for a year or so until I finally realized what am I waiting for -- I love tennis and I want to become a better player! Then the decision was which machine from which manufacturer. After some back and forth emails to representatives from these companies and demoing some machines at local clubs, Lobster stood out above and beyond the rest. I went with the Elite Grand IV as this model seemed to have everything I wanted and has all the same mechanicals as the top-end Elite Grand V LE. In fact, you can upgrade the Grand IV to the Grand V LE with a new electronic panel if you want those extra features. The price to upgrade is not much different than the price between the machines so I figured this was the way to go to have the option down the road should I ever need it. I got the very useful 20 function remote and the top quality fabric/vinyl cover. I waited a few months after purchasing the machine in order to provide the most comprehensive and useful review possible. One concern I had was that I would enjoy the machine as a newbie owner and that the thrill would wear off in a few weeks. I enjoy using the machine more and more each time I am on the courts which is at least 3-4 days each week. So if you are reading this review, you probably want to know some specifics about the machine. What I can tell you is that one of the most important features to consider is portability of the machine. If you can't get the machine in/out of your car and to the court in one trip with your gear, that is a serious de-motivator. With the Lobster's size and great handle with large wheels, I make it to the court in one trip with my tennis bag on my back and a 150 ball hopper slung on one shoulder while pulling/pushing the machine with the free hand – real easy actually. The other machines with the small wheels and short handle would be a major hassle to get onto some of the courts I play on. One great feature of the Lobster that I could not find on other machines was the ability to randomly vary the depth of shot on two-line drills and some other modes like oscillation. This is absolutely great as it forces you to not become too complacent with the shots landing in the same place. And the Lobster is unbelievably accurate so it lands the balls in the same spot over and over if you want. Other machines lack this variable depth ability and in practice I believe this is a huge benefit. While other machines do have random oscillation and maybe even random spin, they lack the ability to alter the depth of shot. I like to groove a particular shot but want the ability for the machine to force me to move up/back so I can get the timing and footwork down in addition to the stroke itself. The topspin/underspin the machine can generate is amazing as well. You will really learn to see the ball better and adjust your shots accordingly. Plus the machine's ability to lob is also incredible so you can practice smashing those lobs from the net all the way back to no-man's land and beyond. The machine is really very quiet even when oscillating – you will not have to feel uncomfortable using it with other players nearby. The battery life is amazing too -- I have never run down a battery even to half way and I have been out on the courts for well over 2+ hours running the machine through its paces. And the 20 function remote is a real life saver. It is extremely light and clips right to your waist -- very convenient to start/pause the feed and adjust the speed, spin, elevation, or feed rate. I also play with my son and other family members and this machine is a great training aid since I can step back and watch them hit and give them constructive inputs from the same side of the court and even step in to demonstrate a few shots for them. That is something you cannot do when you are feeding balls to them from the other side of the net. When I first got the machine I had a few detailed questions about how to use/set/adjust some features and functions with the machine and/or remote and the support from Lobster was beyond great – a quality response in short order. If you are still reading this lengthy review, I can tell that you really want a machine but just have a hard time justifying it. The ability to practice on your own or with other family members and see demonstrable improvement in your game and fitness level is priceless and is all the justification you need. This is an investment for 20+ years and you can easily justify that to improve your game, spend quality time with family, and improve your fitness.
Was this a gift?:
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
The secret to becoming great at anything is practice; however, tennis is a sport that you can't practice on your own — unless you have a tennis ball machine. There are many benefits to using tennis ball machines: you'll have a permanent partner who never gets tired and is never too busy. The benefits to using Lobster tennis ball machines include the many pre-programmed drills designed to simulate standard styles of play and the ability to pre-program your own drills. Additionally, the oscillation setting will improve your footwork, reaction time and anticipation skills. Or, set your Lobster ball machine to hit balls corner-to-corner. Thanks to so many various settings you can practice and perfect just about stroke, swing or serve. With your own tennis ball machine you can practice like the professionals! There is a variety of machines and accessories to choose from; you're sure to find the perfect Lobster ball machine to help take you to the next level.
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