(Written back in 1995)
Why I bought my first Tennis Ball Machine
Hi there, my name is Rick Goulet and I'm a 41
year old tennis player
who picked up tennis again after a break of 23
recently bought a Prince Tennis Ball Machine
after attempting to
research the subject on the Internet.
This is an attempt to provide
others with a little more information on the
subject than I was able
Some of my friends tried to talk me out of
buying a ball machine, but
I had some very strong motivations.
I wanted to get involved in tennis
tournaments so I needed to improve my game, and
that to happen quickly.
I needed a lot of work on the basics,
like stoke production. My backhand was as
and it needed a lot of work.
I also wanted to learn the drop shot and
to work on adding spin to my shots.
Another goal was to make one of my shots
I had a lot of free time and wanted to
play tennis everyday but I had trouble find
to play with.
My best friend only wanted to play games and I
knew that if I wanted to get a lot better what
I needed was to work on getting the basics down
A tennis ball machine seemed like
A ball machine would let me work on the
basic stokes as much as I needed to, as often as
I wanted to.
Even when I've found a practice partner that was
willing to help me work on the areas I needed
help on the sessions never seem to get enough
concentrated work done in them.
A ball machine allows me to speed up the
sessions so that whatever I work on gets 100's
attempts in a few minutes.
A big advantage of a ball machine over a
practice partner is that I don't have to return
the shot back to my partner so we can keep the
ball in play.
When playing games I noticed that I had a
habit of hitting the ball right to the person
I'm playing against.
The ball machine allows me to practice
hitting winners because I don't have to worry
about giving my practice partner a workout.
I was warned that a ball machine was a
waste of money because it would be useless after
it helped me improved my stokes.
If stoke production was all that I was
interested in then it would have been cheaper to
hire a tennis pro to help me.
To me a ball machine's real value is
allowing me to work on hitting accuracy so I can
hit winners on demand.
So far the machine has met all my expectations.
My game is improving and I can go out and
practice at anytime without having to first find
someone that wants to do the same thing I do at
the same time I do.
Working with a ball machine has a
different feel to it than working out with a
real person, the ball machine can make things
So now every chance I get to play with a
real person I take them up on the offer just so
I can get a more realistic tennis practice.