The upgrades are really good with the machine lighter and more transportable than the original version. This machine does everything you would want it to, apart from pick up the balls! Thoroughly recommended and enjoyable.
Spinfire Pro 2 Tennis Ball Machine
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- 26 June 2022: Operating as Usual
Spinfire have taken the best all-round ball machine and made it even better with their version two release.
Tennis ball machines are an excellent way to practice and improve your game, regardless of skill level. The Spinfire Pro 2 makes it easy to practice a wide range of shots, test yourself with a variety of pace, spin and elevation, plus extend your mobility and fitness with ample practice drills.
A number of improvements have been made over the original machine. The Spinfire Pro 2 [v2] offers things you would normally only find on a much more expensive machine. It includes internal movement, an easy-to-use control panel, a multi-function remote control and a 150-ball capacity - all wrapped in a very stylish and compact design.
Some of the Key Upgrades:
Improved Ball Variations
- The ‘Horizontal Oscillation’ function has been replaced with ‘Horizontal Random’, so it randomly selects spots across the court rather than sweeping from side to side.
- The ‘Vertical Oscillation’ function has been replaced with ‘Vertical Random’, so it randomly selects the longest or shortest points rather than sweeping up and down.
- ‘Horizontal Random’ now includes a ‘narrow’ option, rather than just ‘wide’ or ‘medium'.
Improved Portability and Practicality
- More compact design, with an extra handle at the top of the mouth when the white hopper is inverted.
- Larger transport wheels with a full axle through the body for added strength and stability.
- A slot has been added to store the included multi-function remote.
Even Better Reliability and Durability
- All electronic components have been upgraded.
- Streamlined design, including internal cabling and battery brace.
For a full list of the improvements, see here.
Core Features & Benefits
Unlike most other ball machines, which change the duration of the ball by moving the whole machine from side to side, the Spinfire Pro 2 moves internally. This allows for faster re-direction and makes shots less predictable. Additionally, the internal parts are black to further disguise shot direction.
On both horizontal and vertical random modes, balls can be delivered through the full width of the singles court with depth variation. The Spinfire Pro 2 can be set to deliver the same trajectory over and over or a variety of random trajectories. 'Horizontal Random' can be set to deliver balls across a narrow, medium or wide area. 'Vertical Random' delivers short or long balls in a random order. Both 'Horizontal Random' and 'Vertical Random' can be combined for a very realistic playing pattern.
This feature delivers alternating forehands and backhands. It can be set to 'wide', 'medium' or 'narrow' to vary the degree of difficulty. The 'wide' setting makes you run from side to side, 'narrow' allows you to remain in the middle of the court, with 'medium' in between the two. You can also set the timing between each ball.
Extreme Topspin & Slice Capability
Using counter rotating wheels, the Spinfire Pro 2 operates very quietly and can generate maximum topspin and backspin, if desired.
Remote Control Included
All functions can be controlled remotely, allowing the player to start or pause the machine, as well as change functions, anywhere on court.
Lightweight and compact, the Spinfire Pro 2 fits in the boot of most cars. The white hopper can be reversed to neatly cover the machine. Robust wheels and an extendable handle allow you to pull or push the machine anywhere.
Consider the lithium [LiFePO4] battery for the lightest option, at half the weight. Lithium batteries are designed to be recharged thousands of times, many times more than a traditional standard battery. On a long-term basis, the lithium option is the most economical, with a life-span of a few decades. By choosing the lithium option, a Fast Charger will already be included.
Three Power Options
You can choose to have a built-in or external battery pack. Alternatively, plug directly into mains power - or any combination of the three. The external battery pack makes the machine much lighter, allowing you to leave the machine in the car and just bring the battery inside for charging. A fast charger is also available [included as standard on the lithium battery configuration], reducing the charging time from 11 hours to 3-4 hours. If your court has easy access to a power point, you may prefer the direct mains option.
Having bought my Spinfire machine in 2019 and shipped out to Mexico where I was based, I used it half a dozen times. I returned to the UK at the start of lockdown and obviously couldn’t use it. When I finally got it out this spring, I discovered the vertical sensor reported a fault. Racquet Depot UK sent a replacement sensor. Unfortunately, this didn’t resolve the issue, so Racquet Depot UK immediately replaced the motherboard, without me even asking. Overall Racquet Depot UK and Spinfire have provided without doubt one of the best levels of service I have come across for a long time. They have both gone over and above in order to resolve this. When I bought the machine, I did a lot of research. I was also an early backer of the Slinger Bag. The Spinfire, has all the features of Slinger and more. The Spinfire has the same features you find in machines that are twice this price. Top spin, back spin and incredible speeds. Playing a basketful of balls gives you one hell of a workout. It is excellent value and when it comes to replacing the machine, I will be back to Racquet Depot UK.
Had a long chat with a specialist who guided me to this machine. Best value for money, and whilst I have strong ambitions to play at a high level, I can see that this machine is more than capable. Excellent buy and thank you for the help.
This ball machine is very plug and play. Good build quality and easy to use. The best advice is to place the machine at the end of the court in the centre, and just try the different settings as it's releasing the balls. Get used to the mixtures of speed/elevation, then switch on the drills to see the varied widths + depths. The fact the machine is 'discreet' in aiming left/right is really good, and it can hold a lot of balls to give you a lot of practice. The control panel is very straight forward to use and the included remote works so well to give flexibility. Love the luggage handle to pull along easily too. Thoroughly recommended!
Easy to use. Very compact and easy to transport around a busy club.
Arrived within 24 hours after ordering. This is perfect, as it was a high value product and always nice to get high value items fast. Came really well packed and thus arrived in perfect condition, straight from the box and after just a couple of hours charge (as per manual suggestion), we were on our court smashing balls all over the place. Roll on the weekend when more balls arrive and I can then get to really have some fun. Really easy to use and great run with all the options to play with. Remote works well also. Spot on, top service and product.
So far, I'm over the moon with the Spinfire Pro 2 V2. The range of shots, oscillation and depth is first class and I'm really enjoying the fact that the oscillation is concealed internally. I'm upgrading to a lithium battery but so far after many three hour sessions, I haven't seen the battery indicator drop below the full four bars battery level. The remote is invaluable in terms of convenience for changing settings mid session, as well as pausing and tweaking the settings. The build quality is great - the wheels are large and solid with a through axle. The machine happily gets moved over a playing field in the dryer months to my local courts and in the winter, I wheel it a few hundred meters from my car to the local indoor courts. I can't fault the machine in any way and the service I have received from Racquet Depot UK has also been first class. They are really knowledgeable, helpful and patient. Great ball machine & great service!
Thank you for all the guidance you gave me when I wanted to buy a tennis ball machine. One is spending a lot and so clarity on which one to buy has been very helpful. The machine arrived in good condition and has been excellent already. Great power and control and lots of variety. Very happy and thank you very much.
I ordered a Spinfire Pro 2 tennis ball machine and am thrilled with it. Lots of variety on the ball feed options to practice drills and replicate a game. Great coming with a remote to change the pattern of play too. Thank you Racquet Depot UK.