The Bottom Line
- Sets up almost anywhere
- Provides a fairly intense workout
- Helps with timing, footwork, and coordination
- Easy enough for many beginners
- Can be fun for intermediates and better
- Requires higher, harder hits than most players would use on court
- Some beginners find it frustrating at first.
- Elastic band breaks occasionally
- Anchor block weighs roughly one pound
- Elastic lets ball fly around 20 feet away
- Standard pressureless tennis ball at end of elastic
Guide Review - Gamma Tennis Trainer
Some beginners find it difficult to hit the Tennis Trainer ball more than a few times in a row, but others get consecutive hits in the double digits within an hour or so of practice. An intermediate or better player can often hit more than 100 times in a row. Part of the fun for many players is trying to set new records of consecutive hits and to hit in patterns such as alternating between forehands and backhands.
The Tennis Trainer works like an invisible backboard, and while a backboard is better practice, you can't beat the convenience of a small device that you can set up just about anywhere. When you choose a location, be aware that the elastic will break now and then, letting the ball fly. The elastic does grow more fragile with use and age, but replacement ball and elastic sets are not expensive.