Lobster Elite 2 Tennis Ball Machine Review

Is it worth your money?

The Lobster Elite 2 Tennis ball machine is one of the best we tested, and it is a very interesting choice for intermediate to advanced players.

Below you’ll find the complete review for the Lobster Elite 2 model, as well as our tennis ball machines buying guide and alternatives to consider.

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Lobster Elite 2

Evaluation and Metrics

Feature Set
Price
Durability
Overall

Pros and Cons

Specifications

Feed Rate – 2 to 12 seconds

Ball Speed – up to 80 Mph (129 Kph)

Spin – top, back, both

Oscilation – Horizontal, Vertical, both

 

Ball Capacity – 150

Court time – 4 to 8 hours

Elevation – 60 degrees

Elevation type – Eletronic

Weight – 42 lbs

 

Lobster Elite 2 Features

Available Drills

The major flaw in the Lobster Elite 2 tennis ball machine is that it comes with no pre-programmed drills nor allows you to configure your own. However, its full random, triple oscillation system makes up, at least partly, for the lack of programmability – It can launch balls side to side, forward and backward, and a combination of both – which is in itself a pretty interesting feature.

If you need a machine with full programmability, we recommend you to read our Spinshot Plus 2 review or our Lobster Elite Grand V LE review. If pre-pregrammed drills and full randomization of shots sufices, the Lobster Elite Grand IV might suit your needs.

Spin, Speed and Feed rate

To simulate real-match conditions, a good model needs to be able to throw balls with different levels of spin and intensity. The Elite 2 supports 9 different spin levels – 4 backspin, 4 topspin and a flat shot.

Regarding ball speed, it can reach an impressive max speed of 80 MPH (129 KMH), perfectly suitable for the most demanding players. You also control the time between shots, in an interval between 2 and 12 seconds.

Ball Capacity

It is very convenient to have a tennis ball machine that can hold some balls. The better the ball capacity, the fewer times you’ll have to stop hitting to catch the balls on the court. The Lobster Elite 2, as all the Lobster models we’ve tested, can hold up to 150 balls – this is a really good value for this price tag, as some comparable models can only hold 120 balls or less.

Battery life

This aspect is especially important when you don’t have a power socket near the court, or your tennis ball machine doesn’t have that feature. If this is your case, you’ll have to make sure you buy a tennis ball machine that outlasts the duration of your training sessions, so your machine doesn’t run out of battery mid-session.

Remote control (how to control the machine)

As a stock option, you can control the machine through its attached control panel, as happens with most models. If you need more flexibility, you can buy, for an additional cost, its Elite10 remote control, that can replicate everything you can do on the control panel, from the palm of your hand.

If you have an iPhone, you can even install an app that replaces the need for an external remote. Android users, unfortunately, are left with no choice of using their phone as a remote.

Battery and Charging

The Lobster Elite 2 can be used for 4 to 8 hours straight, depending on the intensity of the training – more than most machines. It is especially useful for tennis clubs, as they can use it for several training sessions in a row, without the need to recharge. If you need even more time on the court, you can purchase the AC power unit, at an additional cost. 

Construction and Weight

The Lobster Elite 2 is made from durable plastic. It doesn’t feel high-end, but it gets the job done.

It weighs 42 Lbs (19 Kgs) – slightly heavier than some other models in its category, but still acceptable.

Pricing

Given its moderate price tag, we consider this model to be a very interesting choice – it can even compete, specs-wise, with models that cost a few hundreds more.

Lobster Elite 2 - Our Verdict

The Lobster Elite 2 tennis ball machine is an excellent choice for medium to advanced players, as it possesses some of the higher-end features, without breaking the bank too much.

Its extended battery life and max throw speed of up to 80 MPH (129 KPH), joint with its triple oscillation system, are definitely interesting features to consider when purchasing this machine.

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