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A real low and short no-spin serve can give you some easy points in matches, as they are difficult to flip hard, and they require good timing to push hard. Mix it up with a heavy backspin in the same spot. Remember to get it short, the ball should bounce short on your side close to the net...

 Butterfly Amicus 3000 Plus review:

"The Butterfly Amicus 3000 Plus robot offers an improved range of capabilities designed to improve your game. The Amicus allows you to program balls to specific speed, spin, and placement settings. There is virtually no limit to the types of standard drills and advanced game related drills that can be practiced on the Amicus; including drills to develop basic strokes & switching skills; footwork drills; and drills where players require random ball placement and or random ball types.

Features of the Amicus 3000 Plus:
• The AFC (Automatic Frequency Control) function simulates a “real game experience”, when drilling between topspin and underspin.
• Memory storage that can store up to 99 separate routines.
• Adjustable Height that allows balls to shoot from different trajectories.
• Side mount is included (Save $81.99).
• Gross of 40mm Butterfly 3-Star balls (Save $179.99).
• Ball Amigo (Save $$$).
• Price includes freight charges (Save $$$).
• Operators manual in plain and easy to read English. (You save hours)
• Most replacement parts in stock so there is no waiting on an international shipment to clear customs (You save weeks).

Manual: www.butterflyonline.com/amicus_manual1.pdf

 

Review:

US$2700. Is it worth it?  How much coaching can you buy with this money.  Trips to Europe? 

I'll be spending more time in the future with this robot, but for now here are my impressions.

2 head design, and limited to only 45 degrees of side spin; this robot is going to have many of the same problems that the TW2000-05 had.  You won't be making pure side spin with this thing.  Only side-top or side-under.  You won't be adjusting this thing instantly if you are practicing serves, going from one type of side spin to the next (for example, switching from pendulum side spin serves to backhand side spin serves in an instant like you can on Newgy and Y&T.)  

Also the net is the same as the TW2000-05; which means a long time setting up and breaking down the robot. 

With all these issues, is it worth the money?

Let's examine what it CAN do.  The head height is adjustable, from down near table height up to 1 foot over the table.  That's good.  It will make serves seem much more real. 

It has MEGA spin.  I am told this thing can make an underspin short serve so heavy that the ball will go over the net, turn around and come right back.  That's good. 

You can adjust QUANTITY of spin INDEPENDENT of SPEED.  That's a mouthful.  No other robot does this (at time of writing).  TW2000-05 tries to do this, with very limited success.  But this is the first robot that can truly give you a slow spinny short serve OR a fast dead serve. (most robots give short dead serves and fast heavy spin serves b/c spin and speed cannot be separated). 

It has a lot of gimmicks.  Time delay on backspin for "realism," and 99 presets bla bla bla.  This does up to 4 balls to ANY LOCATION short or long, and you can change the spins (not side spins though, only underspin or topspin or dead ball) and speeds on any of those balls.  So short heavy underspin to the left followed by a high looping arc to the right, etc.  Very cool.  But that trip to Europe seems like a better idea....

So there you have it, that's the sum of my experiences so far.  Someone said I need to try the TTMatic line of robots.  They said that these are very good and realistic, especially the "505B".  But I've heard that they use "brushes" not wheels to create the spin, and that the "brushes" are very expensive and wear-out quickly.  So you are spending upwards of $50 every few months to replace brushes.  O.k., so that's not "very" expensive but I think you get the point.  Anyway, that's second-hand info I haven't actually tried them myself or seen the brushes wear out myself. 

I guess the perfect garage would have both an Amicus and a Y&T to have the best of both worlds.  That would cost $3600.....

Marco Borrillo

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