Tennis Ball Machines can be a great tool to help you improve your tennis game as you practice drills and routines without the need for a partner.
However, many are put off by the cost of purchasing one as even the most basic ball machine can cost you hundreds of dollars to buy.
This article will look at some of the reasons why tennis ball machines are so expensive and at whether they are worth buying at all.
Why are Tennis Ball Machines so Expensive?
The main reasons tennis ball machines are so expensive are because of economies of scale, the technology involved, and the limited number of suppliers.
1. Economies of Scale
One of the main reasons tennis ball machines are so expensive is that they aren’t sold in bulk and they are a pretty niche product to buy.
Because of this, they don’t really benefit from economies of scale in the way that tennis rackets and balls do.
2. Technology involved
A surprising amount of technology is required in even the most basic tennis ball machines.
Some more advanced ball machines can oscillate, hit balls at different heights, and spins.
All of this requires technology to work and adds to the cost of the ball machine.
3. Limited Number of Suppliers
Another reason why tennis ball machines are so expensive is that there are a relatively low number of producers.
For example, if you searched Amazon for tennis ball machines then there is a limited number of products to choose from.
When there are a limited number of suppliers for any product, this usually causes the cost of the product to increase.
Advantages of Buying your own Tennis Ball Machine
Practice without a Hitting Partner
Sometimes, it can be quite difficult to find a hitting partner who wants to practice as much as you do.
Even when you have found a hitting partner, they might not be keen on doing the drills you want to practice or they may want to just play points rather than improving one specific shot using drills.
By having your own tennis ball machine, you avoid all these issues as you can program the ball machine to hit balls for whatever drill you want.
Helps with your Shot Consistency
Unlike a hitting partner, the tennis ball machine is always going to send a ball right back to you, so it is a great way to work on your shot consistency so that you can stay in rallies for longer.
Helps you focus on improving rather than winning points
When playing with a hitting partner, it can be hard to focus purely on technique as it is only natural that you want to do your best to win every point.
However, the problem with this is that you aren’t focusing on improving your technique and it is quite easy to revert to hitting the ball using your old technique.
By using a ball machine, you completely remove the competitive aspect from your hitting and you can focus purely on improving your technique.
Disadvantages of buying your own Tennis Ball Machine
It can be super expensive
As mentioned previously one of the biggest problems with buying a tennis ball machine is that it can be very expensive.
Although you can buy a cheap machine for maybe a few hundred dollars, it is not likely to be good enough if you take your tennis seriously.
A good tennis ball machine will probably set you back around $1,000+ and you will also have the cost of buying enough tennis balls for the machine.
You need somewhere to store it
Most ball machines aren’t that lightweight and you will need somewhere to store them securely.
You will waste time picking up tennis balls
If you have an hour booked at your local club, a good portion of this time is going to involve you picking up your tennis balls after each round of using the ball machine.
You can’t replicate a real point with a ball machine
In my opinion, it is always better to find a hitting partner that is willing to do drills with you as you can never replicate what happens when hitting with someone else when using a tennis ball machine.
Although tennis ball machines can be a good way to practice, my own personal opinion is that you are far better off finding a hitting partner instead of spending money on buying a tennis ball machine.