The Tennis Twist tennis ball machine is by far the cheapest tennis ball machine on the market. This portable tennis ball machine weighs only 11 pounds and comes in a battery powered or a/c plug in model.
The Tennis Twist has a 28 ball capacity and will fire a ball out every five seconds. In this review weâ€™ll get into several of the pros as well as a few cons to this economically priced tennis ball machine and provide you with some uses and drills using the Tennis Twist.
Tennis Twist Pros
Price â€“ By far the biggest plus to the Tennis Twist is the cost. It typically retails for just over $200 which is by far the cheapest tennis ball machine out there. The next closest is over $600 â€“ nearly three times the price!
Weight â€“ Weighing only 11 pounds this machine is very light and easy to set up. Most other machines are in the neighborhood of 40-50 pounds and have a lot of difficulty moving them around. The Tennis Twist is very light and extremely portable which is great for people who would have a hard time lifting (children, older folks, etc.).
Delivery Speed â€“ The Tennis Twist will deliver a ball every five seconds at roughly 10-20 mph (which is pretty slow). At this pace itâ€™s very easy to warm up, practice technique on a forehand or backhand, or just get some repetitions in when thereâ€™s no one available to play.
Tennis Twist Cons
No Oscillation â€“ Because thereâ€™s no oscillation function all of the balls will be delivered to the same spot. While this is great for something like warming up or practicing technique the ball machine by itself wonâ€™t provide much of a work out. One way to get around this is to treat it like a tennis drill and have it deliver to a certain location and run back and forth between that location and the baseline to get some mobility into your session.
28 Ball Capacity â€“ Because of itsâ€™ unique twist design for feeding the balls into the launcher, the Tennis Twist can only fit 28 balls. Most other tennis ball machines can accommodate over 100 balls. While these other machines do launch them faster, they provide for a more sustained workout. With the Tennis Twist youâ€™ll probably only get about 2 minutes of activity before youâ€™ll need to reload. While this may or may not be a big deal, it only takes about 45 seconds to reload (if you donâ€™t have to chase the balls) so youâ€™ll be back swinginâ€™ in no time. For this reason it may be handy to have two sets of 28 tennis balls.
Delivery Range â€“ The delivery range of the Tennis Twist is only about 10-15 feet depending on the setting (high or low). So just like you wonâ€™t be running back and forth chasing balls you wonâ€™t be running up and down the court either. Youâ€™ll need to place the Tennis Twist on the same side of the court (up by the net) but this actually turns out to be pretty convenient for turning the ball machine on and off.
Overall Tennis Twist Review and Impressions
My mom always told me you get what you pay for. Like Iâ€™ve mentioned before, the Tennis Twist is the cheapest tennis ball machine you are going to find anywhere. For this reason, you shouldnâ€™t expect too much. That being said, it does a very good job at the basics.
It offers a low and a high setting so that if you get sick of doing ground shots you can switch it up to overhead slams. It has a slower pace which is nice because it gives you time and more-or-less makes you focus on your technique.
Unless you incorporate some sort of running drill into it you probably wonâ€™t get much of a workout but if youâ€™re just looking for a casual tennis practice this canâ€™t be beat.
The Tennis Twist is perfect for beginners.
When I started playing tennis it was just me and my dad. I didnâ€™t have any friends that played so if dad wasnâ€™t available I would hit the tennis ball against the garage (much to my dadâ€™s chagrin) or against a wall somewhere. Not to make this a â€œwhen I was your ageâ€ rant, but I would have loved to have something like this. The speed is just right for beginners, the ball count is just fine, you donâ€™t need to run around when youâ€™re just getting the hang of playing, and you can play pretty much anywhere at any time. Plus, when I get my kids into tennis, itâ€™ll be nice to be next to them giving them advice they donâ€™t want to hear and focusing on their game instead of across the court shouting directions. So if you want to teach tennis to your kids, the Tennis Twist is definitely recommended.
Tennis Twist Issues or Problems
One problem thatâ€™s been reported with the Tennis Twist is that the spring mechanism tends to wear out after about a year of steady use.
While it is disappointing to have the tennis ball machine break on you, you shouldnâ€™t expect too much for the price. If this does happen to you, you can try contacting the manufacturer to see if you can get a replacement part. I know some manufacturers will often send replacement parts out free of charge.
Where to Buy the Tennis Twist Tennis Ball Machine
If youâ€™re looking to buy a Tennis Twist Ball Machine, your best bet is to look around online. There are a variety of online retailers that have some pretty low advertised prices.
You probably wonâ€™t find much more than a 5% or 10% difference between them so you may want to evaluate them on other factors such as customer service.
One place that Iâ€™ve found that has consistently low prices (on just about everything) is Amazon. They always have a unit in stock that ships right away, theyâ€™ve got good customer service and free shipping! Pretty hard to beat that.