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Lobster Tennis Ball Machines pre-

programmed drills

Moonballer drill

Moonballer plays high arcing balls which look easy to play but it is not. To play the moonballer, you need patience or a combination of patience and a midcourt swing volley to move forwards to finish a point. And sometimes you need to allow the high bouncing balls to drop to a comfortable height to hit.

Slicer drill

Slicers can slice or chop their groundstrokes, keeping the ball low and hard to return. To play a slicer, you should remember to bend your knees a bit lower than normal and try to minimize unforced errors.

Lefty drill

Most left-handed players have strong forehand groundstrokes and strong backhand volleys. The feeds from the machine in this drill are designed to simulate what a left-hander might throw the ball at you.

Grinder Drill

This type of players hit high, loopy and moderate spin shots to wear down their opponents. The 6-shot drill utilizes the back court with different types of spin to simulate the play of grinders.

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 six ball drill utilizes full back court with little spin and more ball speed.

All-Courter Drill

All-Courter is a type of plays who focuses his game on tactics. All-Courter plays their games with a great deal of shot variety.


The six-ball drill utilizes both full back court and front court with some top spin and less ball speed.

Beginner Drill

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. Players should try to challenge themselves by calling out which side of the court they are going to put the ball (crosscourt or down the line) before striking each ball. Hit 6 balls and then pause the machine to simulate a relatively long point.

Intermediate Drill

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. 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 Drill

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.

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.


A six ball drill challenging the player to maintain dominant court position by using their forehand for every shot.

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 six-ball drill is designed to teach a player to move in all directions from the baseline.

Approach Drill

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 six-ball drill emphasizes the approach from behind the baseline into the front court with balance and speed.

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