The benefits of tennis ball machines have long been disputed. It is fair to say that there are far more advantages to having a tennis ball machine than there are disadvantages. This article looks at these advantages and disadvantages in more detail.
Tennis ball machines are popular all over the world and especially with ATP tour professionals and those who enjoy playing tennis but who travel a lot. The machine operates by containing a large number of tennis balls and pitching them through a shoot over the tennis net to the player waiting on the other side of the net. They are used primarily for training exercises to include basic shot making either at the baseline or up at the net.
Advantages The first advantage is that the machine will keep you focused whilst training. Your portable ball machine does the pitching of the ball for you accurately and the way you want it. Consequently, this will keep your focus on your swing and helps you to hit the balls the right way without having to worry about what your training partner is doing. Furthermore, you can set your portable ball machine to feed and pitch the tennis balls according to your level of expertise. You can gradually increase the speed, set the direction and the trajectory of the tennis balls that come at you and the manner that they are delivered for you to hit. Therefore, the machine is suitable for players of all abilities. The final advantage of having a ball machine is that you can use it anytime you like and anywhere. They are easy to travel with and means that you do not have to rely on anybody else to get a decent training session when the time suits you.
The main disadvantage of the tennis ball machine is simply that it is not a human. The machine cannot move around and therefore, no machine will ever be as good as training with a training partner.
A final word
There is no better practice than a competitive training session and no tennis machine, cricket machine or even baseball machine can truly provide this.