Lobster Elite Grandslam IV Ball Machine

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From Paris to New York, professional tennis players are constantly in search of the game's grand slam! Now, you can get in a grand slam practice session with this Lobster Elite Grandslam IV ball machine. The unrivaled full random oscillation allows the machine to throw balls throughout the entire spectrum of the court, mixing up speed, spin, trajectory and oscillation. The computerized software allows for realistic simulation of match play.

Please Note: The wireless remote is sold separately.


  • Random Feed Option: Varies the feed rate or time interval between ball tosses. Mixing up the ball rate interval simulates match play and keeps players on their toes
  • Random, Variable Depth in 2-Line: Varies the depth of the shot randomly (short, mid, and deep) within the normal two line drills, if selected. The user can now select narrow, medium, wide 2 line drills and, if interested, select variable depth to keep things interesting
  • Triple Oscillation: Allows the machine to oscillate both horizontally and vertically simultaneously, allowing random shots at a fixed ball speed, spin, and feed rate that is predetermined by the user
  • Grandslam IV is governed by the machine's sophisticated computerized software, which has been programmed to determine all possible combinations of speed, trajectory, and spin
  • Allows for the Grandslam IV to realistically simulate true match play
  • Equipped with three pre-programmed six shot drills that simulate the most popular styles of play: grinder, all courter, and power baseliner
  • These incredible drills mix up speed, trajectory and spin to prepare you to play against the world's elite
  • Equipped with the most revolutionary control panel and optional wireless remote control found today. The "Lexan" control panel utilizes "touch-buttons" instead of dials, knobs and switches. It also has a digital LCD screen which allows you to view all menu selections and settings
  • For use with an optional 15-function wireless remote (sold separately)
  • Compatible with the Lobster Elite 15 Function Wireless Remote

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By Bryan

from Southeastern, PA

Comments about Lob-ster Lobster Elite Grandslam IV Ball Machine:

The Short Story: A great investment to dramatically improve your tennis game and fitness level with a machine that has implemented the right set of features and functions! Proud owner of an Elite Grand IV with 20 function remote and cover.

The Long Story: I spent quite a bit of time evaluating whether or not to get a machine, and then which machine and from which manufacturer. At first inspection, the cost for any machine with the features I wanted was pricey. The initial sticker shock kind of held me back for a year or so until I finally realized what am I waiting for -- I love tennis and I want to become a better player! Then the decision was which machine from which manufacturer. After some back and forth emails to representatives from these companies and demoing some machines at local clubs, Lobster stood out above and beyond the rest. I went with the Elite Grand IV as this model seemed to have everything I wanted and has all the same mechanicals as the top-end Elite Grand V LE. In fact, you can upgrade the Grand IV to the Grand V LE with a new electronic panel if you want those extra features. The price to upgrade is not much different than the price between the machines so I figured this was the way to go to have the option down the road should I ever need it. I got the very useful 20 function remote and the top quality fabric/vinyl cover.
I waited a few months after purchasing the machine in order to provide the most comprehensive and useful review possible. One concern I had was that I would enjoy the machine as a newbie owner and that the thrill would wear off in a few weeks. I enjoy using the machine more and more each time I am on the courts which is at least 3-4 days each week. So if you are reading this review, you probably want to know some specifics about the machine. What I can tell you is that one of the most important features to consider is portability of the machine. If you can't get the machine in/out of your car and to the court in one trip with your gear, that is a serious de-motivator. With the Lobster's size and great handle with large wheels, I make it to the court in one trip with my tennis bag on my back and a 150 ball hopper slung on one shoulder while pulling/pushing the machine with the free hand – real easy actually. The other machines with the small wheels and short handle would be a major hassle to get onto some of the courts I play on.
One great feature of the Lobster that I could not find on other machines was the ability to randomly vary the depth of shot on two-line drills and some other modes like oscillation. This is absolutely great as it forces you to not become too complacent with the shots landing in the same place. And the Lobster is unbelievably accurate so it lands the balls in the same spot over and over if you want. Other machines lack this variable depth ability and in practice I believe this is a huge benefit. While other machines do have random oscillation and maybe even random spin, they lack the ability to alter the depth of shot. I like to groove a particular shot but want the ability for the machine to force me to move up/back so I can get the timing and footwork down in addition to the stroke itself. The topspin/underspin the machine can generate is amazing as well. You will really learn to see the ball better and adjust your shots accordingly. Plus the machine's ability to lob is also incredible so you can practice smashing those lobs from the net all the way back to no-man's land and beyond.
The machine is really very quiet even when oscillating – you will not have to feel uncomfortable using it with other players nearby. The battery life is amazing too -- I have never run down a battery even to half way and I have been out on the courts for well over 2+ hours running the machine through its paces. And the 20 function remote is a real life saver. It is extremely light and clips right to your waist -- very convenient to start/pause the feed and adjust the speed, spin, elevation, or feed rate.
I also play with my son and other family members and this machine is a great training aid since I can step back and watch them hit and give them constructive inputs from the same side of the court and even step in to demonstrate a few shots for them. That is something you cannot do when you are feeding balls to them from the other side of the net.
When I first got the machine I had a few detailed questions about how to use/set/adjust some features and functions with the machine and/or remote and the support from Lobster was beyond great – a quality response in short order. If you are still reading this lengthy review, I can tell that you really want a machine but just have a hard time justifying it. The ability to practice on your own or with other family members and see demonstrable improvement in your game and fitness level is priceless and is all the justification you need. This is an investment for 20+ years and you can easily justify that to improve your game, spend quality time with family, and improve your fitness.

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Realistic Partner, + Portable

By Lobster Man

from Sacramento, CA

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  • Easy to Use
  • Improves Performance


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Best Uses

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Professional

Comments about Lob-ster Lobster Elite Grandslam IV Ball Machine:

Lobster Elite IV is a highly portable practice partner that doesn't talk back. It throws realistic balls with topspin and underspin. The drills give a good workout that helps with conditioning and strategy.

The Triple Oscillation places the ball all over the court making you run and practice your footwork and approach. It has variable spin and placement, giving youa good look at simulated drop shots and regular side to side, front to back ground shots.

The build of the machine is good and I don't suspect any problems with it. Customer Service at Lobster is good in my experience. I had a issue with a jammed ball (used an old dog ball) and they helped me through the issue.

Lastly, the Lobster IV has good battery life at 3+ hours. It's easy to setup and transport to the court. I've enjoyed the new foldable handle that makes it easy to pull to the court. It's 45 lbs and takes some getting used to lifting it from the ground to the car.

I highly recommend the Lobster Elite IV.

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beware!! my lobster broke in 3 months

By kathryn

from south carolina

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  • Easy to Use
  • Improves Performance


    Best Uses

    • Beginner
    • Intermediate

    Comments about Lob-ster Lobster Elite Grandslam IV Ball Machine:

    I bought this lobster 3 months ago and it is already broke. I have only used it around 10 times. I called Lobster service dept and they were suppose to send me the info to return the lobster to have fix (not replaced)can't get anyone to send me the info to return the machine. frustrating when I spent around [$]. Bad customer service from Lobster. beware

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