|Winning Entry for Our Contest|
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I just received the new Robo-Caddy and extension cord and found some interesting uses for them in common drills. Putting the Robo-Pong 2000 in the Robo-Caddy, I move the robot to the forehand corner of the table with the head pointing cross-court. With no oscillation, I can do forehand-to-forehand drills with a feel more like that of a real person and better ball placement. Also, because with the Robo-Caddy the robot head can be set about three inches lower than the normal height of the Robo-Pong 2000, the balls are returned to me lower to the net and more realistically. Using the oscillating feature (oscillation range set at 1-4, frequency at 8, and speed at 8), I can do the one-step drill (with the ball alternating between the forehand and backhand court) as well. The same drills can also be used with the robot in the backhand court for backhand practice. For either the forehand or backhand drills described above, the Robo-Pong 2000 net is still pretty functional - catching about 50 percent or more of the balls.
Another useful tip: When setting up the Robo-Pong 2000, I had a hard time aligning the 5-prong connector on the cord with the female-end on the back of the Robo-Pong 2000. To make it easier, I put a little white dot on the cord with liquid White-out and a corresponding dot on the back of the Robot. Now, it is a lot easier to plug in the cord.