Updated: May 29, 2015

Tennis Ball Hopper Reviews:

Whether you teach tennis at your local park or just want an easy way to pickup and store tennis balls, ball hoppers are the way to go. I often go to my local court and practice my serve. Having a ball hopper next to me to hold the balls is a great convenience. I just reach into the basket and take out the next ball. When the hopper is empty, I reverse the legs and go pick up the balls. The ball hoppers are setup so that the balls can fit through the frame if you push the frame over the ball but they are not able to fall back out (except out the top). I've seen some parents bring their kids to the tennis courts and they bring along ball tubes which allow children to gather up the balls after hitting some. Tennis ball tubes are long, slender tubes which again allow the bottom to collect the balls and once they are filled up, you can empty the balls into a basket by turning the tube upside down and having the balls fall out that way. Gamma makes a variety of tennis ball hoppers - tubes, baskets, and carts. Other top brands include Hoag, Unique, and Wilson.
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What size do you need? You can get the tennis tubes which hold up to 21 balls, the Gamma Risette which holds 50 balls, and teaching carts that carry over 300 balls. Stability is an issue with some of the basket type models which have reversal legs that turn into handles when you want to carry them. The construction of the ball hoppers isn't always very good quality so the metal bends and eventually the product doesn't stand up straight anymore and has a tendency to fall over quite easily. If stability is an issue, you can always go with the larger carts like the Gamma Brute Teaching Cart (325) which sells for $160 on Amazon.com and will serve you for years. The wheels make this cart easy to maneuver on the courts and the heavy duty wire basket holds over 300 tennis balls. The issue with these carriers are that they can be bulky and not easy to get back and forth to the tennis courts if you are teacher. You find these mostly at tennis clubs where professionals hold clinics and teach dozens of children or adults. For the average person, owning a smaller bucket, or basket type tennis ball hopper is the best choice. Ones that hold between 50 to 80 balls are probably plenty for your needs. Most beginner to intermediate tennis players aren't going to be able to hit more than about 70 balls without needing a little break. That gives you the chance to collect the balls that have been sprayed around the court and get ready for the next hitting game or routine. Even if you want to just hit serves, your arm will get tired after 30 or 40 and it's good to give it a rest for a few minutes like you would in a normal match environment when your opponent is serving. Where should you buy a tennis ball hopper? We found some excellent prices on Amazon.com for almost all the models listed below. Sportsauthority.com, Dickssportinggoods.com, and Midwestsports.com also carry ball hoppers for tennis and often you can find specials on their websites, but pricing is competitive as we found. Wal-Mart carries the Wilson Tennis Ball Pick Up Hopper ($20) and they have reviews listed by customers, similar to what you find on Amazon.com.

Traditional Tennis Ball Hopper Basket:

Gamma is the leader in ball hoppers for tennis. They make a variety of sizes that should fit anyones needs. The Gamma Hi-Rise 75 Tennis Ball Hopper ($18.99) is perhaps the most popular of all them. It holds 75 balls, has weather resistant coating, handles for easy pickup, and is sturdier than most. The Gamma Risette Plus 55 Tennis Ball Hopper ($19.99) is a collapsible basket with a lid so balls aren't spilling all over (even if it tips over). The Gamma Whopper Ball Hopper ($40) holds 140 balls and is considered the next step in capacity before you probably need to choose a cart to hold your tennis balls. You can see the entire inventory of Gamma ball hoppers online at Gammasports.com.

Tennis Ball Collector Tube:

Dicks Sporting goods carries lots of great tennis equipment and the Gamma Ball Hopper Ball Tube ($17.99) is a good companion to have on a tennis court. It can hold up to 18 balls and allows you to pick them up quickly with special end caps. The shoulder strap lets you carry the ball tube with ease. I see tennis teachers with these products all the time. They let the kids go around the court after a hitting drill and pick up the balls against the fences and net area. They are lightweight and easy to transport on bikes or even in cars.

Gamma Rollerhopper 150 Tennis Ball Hopper:

This contraption looks like a lawn mower with handles coming off a roller which collects the balls as you roll over them. In theory this should work, but we read more reviews on this product that said it was heavy and didn't pick up balls as quickly as you might think. The Gamma Rollerhopper can hold up to 150 balls and retails for $199 at SportsAuthority and also is available on Amazon. The handles do detach so you can transport the roller in your car, but perhaps the design needs some more tweaking before you shovel out almost $200 for it.

Teaching Cart:

If you teach at a local tennis club, odds are you have a teaching cart that holds hundred of tennis balls. When you are constantly feeding balls to players in hitting drills, you need to have a big arsenal next to you. These tennis ball carts are easy to move around as they have quality wheels and casters. They are sturdy, much like a shopping cart and won't fall over too easily. Many are built with the perfect width specifications to fit through the gates that lead onto a tennis court. Transporting them around in a car may be difficult, you may need a truck or SUV. They are not cheap, the Gamma Brute Teaching Cart sells for $189.99 at SportsAuthority and $159 at Amazon. The HOAG 350 Ball Teaching Cart goes for around $189 on several sites.