how to play tennis?


Asked by amwksll 8 years ago

Could somebody please post an instructable on a simple, cheap, and easy to use tennis ball launcher?

I play tennis and would be very grateful if I could have a cheap ball machine to send be balls.

Asked by Proudlefty 9 years ago

Could somebody please post an instructable on a simple, cheap, and easy to use tennis ball launcher? Answered

I play tennis and would be very grateful if I could have a cheap ball machine to send me balls.

Asked by Proudlefty 9 years ago

Tennis for two

I built this circuit from the circuit only has 6 pins to input data but my programmer has 10 pins. what do I need to do?

Posted by SuperTails 7 years ago

kids play tunnel

Can body tell me how to make a tunnel from tennis balls, i would like to make one for my grand kids.                                                               thank you                                                                  dora,

Posted by dora731 7 years ago

What to do with 400 Tennis Balls? Answered

I have way to many tennis balls + i want to make something project related.

Asked by Big Projects 2 years ago

What should I do with a bunch of tennis ball containers? Answered

 The local tennis court just throws them away, so I have access to basically infinite tennis ball containers and flat tennis balls.

Asked by WerdnaN 8 years ago

Does anyone know how to make beach tennis raquets? materials used, designs etc? Any help would be greatly appreciated.?

Me and my GF are into beach tennis but we are not happy with raquest generally sold. As a surprise I would like to make my own set but dont know how to go about making something decent. Any information/secrets on materials needed, designs would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Asked by johnwk 8 years ago

My first tennis ball mortar scars!

This is hilarious , i finally built my tennis ball mortar, i "accidentally" put way to much hair spray in lol. It launched well, but blew the back off so im going to have to build a new base lol. I have some pictures to show it lol. the sound was so loud that i can not hear a thing out of my right ear except a loud ringing. is that a good thing?lol heres the pics.

Posted by XI3 10 years ago

Tennis Ball Cannon

Alright, so ive been into making all sorts of cannons whether they are pneumatic or hairspray, and recently I've been wanting to build a pneumatic tennisball cannon. i came across halve a dozen empty fire extinguishers, i am still deciding if i should use one as the chamber. i am using an electronic sprinkler valve and a 2 1/2" barrel i am also getting a 12 volt (dc) car air compressor (125 psi) and i am going to incorporate this somewhere in the cannon, the air compressor is really small so i could make it built in. i really want to make this cannon portable but i am concerned about the weight of it with the fire extinguisher tank, Any Ideas?

Posted by struckbyanarrow 8 years ago

Tennis ball mortar fuel?

Would axe or hairspray possibly work as a fuel for a tennis ball mortar?

Asked by Shadow94 8 years ago

What Should I Do With 100+ Tennis Balls?

Tennis Balls - weird color, weird shape. I have Acquired over 100 tennis balls recently but have no idea what to do with them. So I am coming to you guys for answers. I don't want ideas like "Tennis Ball Mortar" what do you think i did with the first 100 balls? Any ideas?

Posted by bumpus 9 years ago

Tennis Project Collaboration

I roughed out a design (reversed engineered from various pictures) a tennis ball rebounder for a co-worker but it doesn’t look like he has the interest to build it anymore.  It’s a nice piece of equipment for anyone that likes to play tennis since you can set it up in driveway or basement.  Here are a couple of examples: Video 1 Video 2 I would like to do an instructables collaboration on the project with someone that would find this useful.  I would tweak the design (overall size, hardware, etc.) with your inputs.  Your responsibilities: Buy the materials which I’m estimating at less than $100.  Note that purchased versions cost up to $500. Build it - requires only a saw and drill Take a few pictures of the build and final product. Help with the documentation if needed  In the end, it is your rebounder to enjoy.  See my past instrucables for examples of my work/documentation. 

Posted by mtairymd 1 year ago

Is Table tennis a sport????

So a guy in school is slaging me because i do table tennis. He says its not even a sport. I think it is a sport because its in the Olympics. Do you think it is a sport??????

Asked by K-Dawg 8 years ago

A tennis ball-chucker the dog can operate..

I had to post this one: a tennis ball-chucker for dogs, operated by dogs.The dog loads it, and it fires automatically.

Posted by gmoon 10 years ago

does anyone know how to make glow in the dark tennis balls (or have some suggestions)? Answered

I need help making glow in the dark tennis balls for a friend. these tennis balls will actually be used for tennis, and should be able to be seen clearly in the dark. If you have any ideas on how to get a tennis ball to glow in the dark, suggestions on glow in the dark paint, or anything else relating to this project, I would be glad to hear about it.

Asked by biolethal 8 years ago

Why does my right shoe always come untied while my left one never does?

The type of shoe makes no difference. Is it because my right foot is slightly smaller?

Asked by 9 years ago

Finding the altitude of a ball using weight and time airborne

I was shooting my tennis ball cannon today, and i was wondering if there was a way to find out the altitude of the ball using the time it was airborne and the weight of the ball. I have no idea how to approach this, i dont know of any math formulas that we've learned so far that can compute this. I think it would have to factor in drag, gravity, the weight of the ball, and how long it was in the air. I just dont know how to do it. If anyone with a better understanding of physics and mathematics can help me out, or point me in the right direction, it would really help me out! thanks!

Posted by John Smith 8 years ago

how do you get points during a tennis game?

I want to play tennis but I don't know how to get points during the game and when I do the point how many points do I get?

Asked by 8 years ago

Scholarship contest idea: tennis bot

Tennis-bot serves to collect the dozens of tennis balls scattered on the court during a lesson. Using shape recognition, the robot continuously collects balls from the court and returns them to a hopper device. The tennis instructor retrieves balls from the top half of the hopper manually; the bottom half serves as a docking, recharging, and storage area for the robot. The robot's actions allow for a more continuous and productive lesson. Balls on the court are sensed by shape and color recognition cameras on the bot and are then collected with velcro hook pads. To ensure only the tennis balls belonging to the bot's owner are collected, some sort of marking may be applied to the balls. A small storage area on top of the tennis-bot holds the balls temporarily until the robot returns to the main hopper and deposits them there. The bot may also incorporate a shooting device to return balls to players. During a lesson, most tennis balls are hit behind the instructor and end up between the base line and the fence. With a line recognition camera, tennis-bot will be able to limit its search to this area. To help the robot keep track of the its position and to aid more efficient ball retrieval, an internal map system will be used.

Posted by StepsoftheSun 10 years ago

How to patch a large (tennis ball size) in a real plaster wall?

At deepest hole is 1". Old plaster, probably horsehair, quite crumbly.

Asked by 8 years ago

Would this tennis ball mortar design work?

I was thinking about using 3 pringles cans. I'd cut the metal bottoms off of 2 of them and tape them together ontop of the third one, which still has the metal. Then I'd tape/glue a capacitor from a digital camera onto the tennis ball and charge it up. It would hit the bottom, create a spark, and ignite the fuel. Would this work?

Asked by Shadow94 8 years ago

Safe, efficient, breech-loading pneumatic tennis ball launcher?

I was interested in building a tennis ball cannon, and have seen breech-loading ones in videos.  Does anyone know of free plans for one?  I was also wondering if there is a disadvantage to ABS other than the slight cost difference.  I'm looking for safety and an efficent barrel-to-tank ratio.  How would one make a resettable pressure release in the case of some sort of accidental over pressure?

Asked by nlaluzerne 5 years ago

Tube Material

I started thinking about how the tube material could be improved. Although I love the ghetto look of pringles wrapped in the invincible duct tape, improvements can be made. You could use PVC or ABS for the tube, it wouldnt need pressure rating because Im sure this thing wouldnt have enough power to explode the pringles/tape team. This is rather cheap and you could just glue on an endcap. Then a BBQ ignitor can be threaded in, a ring to define the chamber and barrel and fuel sprayed in! However getting the perfect cost/durability/strength ratio is hard.

Posted by SNDM 10 years ago

How do I dress up a pair of tennis with drawings? Answered

 I have a pair of white tissue tennis that I want to dress up. I chose an image from a book. I'm also planning to shred the image so it can fit. The only problem is: How do I transfer the image into the tennis tissue? I heard of a tissue decoupage, but I don't mind transfering the image by hand (with ink, pens and that stuff) but it must be water-proof. Check out the images so you can understand what I'm planning to do :) Thank you all for you answers.  

Asked by soyblondy 8 years ago

Tennis court resurface push tool. I want to push a large "cheese grader " device.

I'm wanting to make a large "cheese grader" type tool that I can push.. It would skim the high points and deposit and clay in low points. I can't use wheels because the grader would follow the contour , when in face it needs.. Leveling .. Thanks anyone who cares :)

Asked by Boylanmj 3 years ago

Calling All Ball Machiners And Knex People! Challenge

I play ping pong ALOT, but since my brothers moved out to college I can't play anymore. I've looked all over the Internet but I can't find any knex ping pong ball thrower/shooter/whatever. So the challenge is (since I can't make one) to create an automated (gravity or motor powered) ping pong ball thrower preferably out of knex. It would be greatly appreciated. Here's some inspiration if you want itHomemade ping pong ball thrower

Posted by sc lightning 9 years ago

Pneumatic soda can cannon on Mythbusters?

I just watched a Mythbusters where they made a pneumatic soda can gun.  Go to 5:50 in this video to see their description of it.  Go to 7:00 to see it in action. My questions are: what is the "fast acting valve" he used?   How do you refill that thing? Anyone seen an instructable for something similar?  I've seen lots of PVC versions, but I like the metal version because it's sexier looking, and potentially higher pressure/power. Thanks!

Posted by guaps 7 years ago

Improving search on Instructables

We're doing another round of improvements to the Instructables search engine. The previous round was here. Help us make it better! Are there search terms or queries that just don't seem to work? Can you provide links or specific examples? Here's an example (that's really been frustrating me):search for:how to play tennisvs.tennisCan you find others?Thanks!

Posted by ewilhelm 10 years ago

What rubber to use as a diaphragm?

Hello, I am in need of some help, I want to try and replace the springs on a tennis racket with a diaphragm for an experiment, can anyone tell me the kind of rubber that I can use to make this diaphragm, I will be screwig it to the outside of the tennis racket, the diaphragm will be about 3mm in thickness and 330mm in diameter, it will need to be strong to hit the ball, also have some kind of elasticity Any help will be most greatful

Asked by garyknight 4 years ago

can someone give me a link for a very cheap ping pong table? Answered

I need one for very cheap... like 20 dollars or somthing 

Asked by GianniMora 8 years ago

how to raise the titanic?

 From this suggestions , can the titanic be raise? 1.Fill with table tennis balls. 2.Using nitrogen , make an ice block to float the ship. 3.Make crane-boat the winch the ship. 4.Using giant rubber to raise it.

Asked by koyo 7 years ago

progect whirl

I am making a ferris wheel should i post it it still need work so i am open to advice but be nice because it  is my second ever model i have come up with 

Posted by Knex-Gun-Reviewer 7 years ago

where can i get a really CHEAP ping pong table !?

 il spend like $80 max... im going to destroy it so it dosnt have to be good

Asked by GianniMora 8 years ago

I have been asked to investigate how to make "a crystal stone the size of a tennis ball or a bit larger." low budget Answered

As part of a very low budget film I have been asked to research how to make a prop from the following specification "We need a crystal stone the size of a tennis ball or a bit larger.  It can be any shape but it must have colour (real of illuminated)." The reference has been given as a Copper Sulphate Crystal we are an a deadline for mid Feb so any help would be fantastic I have added reference pictures also All responses gratefully received Regards Peter?

Asked by peterwalsh66 6 years ago

Where can I find the type of rubber used on keds shoes the band around the shoe Thank you

The band around the keds tennis shoe has a light texture to it and is an off white i am looking for rubber like that 

Asked by Studio 536 1 year ago

How can I make an automated ball pitching machine?

Can anyone show or tell me how to make a ball pitching machine, similar to the ones they use for practicing baseball and tennis? I want to make one for my dog. Thanks for your help in advance.

Posted by Lulebelle 4 years ago

Ball throwing machine !

Hi everyone ! I want to have a ball thrower machine like the one used in Tennis . How can i make a cheap one which throws the ball really fast ? I searched in the site but only got one which uses a bike and throws very slowly . Can I have some help ?

Posted by FOOOFEI 8 years ago

Does anyone know where I can buy ergonomic tools? Answered

I have moderate carpal tunnel and epicondylitis (tennis elbow) on my  dominant right arm. I wonder if anyone knows of a good place to buy ergonomic tools like screwdrivers with pistol grips, etc. Thank you guys!

Asked by blkhawk 8 years ago

Trebuchet does not release load

Have built a pallet/ man sized trebuchet in a 4th grade class project. Looks great, swings well, but the tennis ball load is either released before the sling swings up, or not at all (slams against the arm). Have used 2 ropes with a shallow bag. Any suggestions? (Kids were disappointed on Friday)

Asked by BobS 7 years ago

Snail Car, Batman Batarang, Erupting Volcano Cake

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Posted by randofo 7 years ago

Mortars ideas

Heres a spot we can put up ideas about mortars. look for "tennis ball mortar" for the base idea and then you can modify off of it. i been thinkin mabey mortar that can shoot like a shotgun, (air soft pellets or bbs) or a huge cannon that can shoot footballs lol. ill think on it and post somthing. good luck with ur ideas and have some fun. ...mabey pvc pipe for the barrel or somthing...

Posted by XI3 10 years ago

What is Kelseymh up to?

CELEBRATIONS have just finished at the Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, New York, for the 50th anniversary of a milestone that had nothing to do with basic physics research. In October 1958, nuclear physicist William Higinbotham created one of the world's first video games, called Tennis for Two.Officially, his goal was to liven up displays at the lab's annual visitors' day, and in that he succeeded. Hundreds of people lined up to bat a glowing spot back and forth across the video screen of a common or garden laboratory oscilloscope.Unofficially, Feedback suspects he was really just goofing off on a slow day, or waiting around with nothing to do when the lab's particle accelerator was broken, being maintained or otherwise failing to deliver the goods. Higinbotham himself said the idea came to him while reading the manual for an early computer which could plot the course of a missile or a bouncing ball on an oscilloscope screen. He then designed suitable circuits and control boxes - Stone Age versions of today's joysticks - so that two players could bat an electronic ball to each other across the screen.The game was adapted for a larger screen, but eventually forgotten until 1982, when Creative Computing magazine heard about it and thought it might be the first video game. With the invention far enough behind for him not to worry about accounting for time wasted on the government payroll, Higinbotham claimed credit for Tennis for Two.Such primitive video games are old hat now, but hundreds of physicists including our own Kelseymh are still waiting for the completion of repairs to the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. What might they be inventing this time, while sitting around twiddling their thumbs?New Scientist Article.Tennis For Two Simulator (untried by your correspondent)

Posted by Kiteman 9 years ago

alternatives to concrete? for project similar to DIY Light transmitting concrete

Hi I recently came across this instructable   Search for " DIY light transmitting concrete" and I was wondering how I could make something similar but in the shape of a ball, or a light bulb, So I can have a LED inside it and have it shine and spin freely.  Perhaps filling a tennis ball and drilling holes for light?  Im ind of stumped on this one. any ideas???

Posted by scotteyre 8 years ago

Writing Partner

I am hoping to write with somebody on an experimentation novella of sci-fiction. English speakers are preferred, will be an informal schedule, focusing on plot and setting, symbolism is a lesser aspect, professional quality, and will self edit their work. I have a plot and idea, would like to write the novella using a tennis style of writing alternating chapters. I may self-published ( Working under the CC licenses. Wouldn't at all mind having a long term writing partner. Comment here or email me at! :D

Posted by JohnJY 6 years ago

25 Cent Silver Ring, The Headache Machine, Classic 3D photographs

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Posted by randofo 7 years ago

Help please. Published by mistake - need to move it all.

Help! I published a question - a request for help - as an Instructable and just put it in the Tech section. Now all the comments say I was wrong, that I should have published in the FORUMS. Oh, I didn't know. I just started with "Submit" and ended with "Publish" and now all the little old ladies in tennis shoes are circling for the kill. I had no idea I was breaking a taboo; I just wanted to ask for help. PLEASE tell me if I can remove my whole Instructable from where it is and put it into FORUMS. Is it possible to drag & drop the whole thing, pictures included? Or do I have to do each little thing all over again? (My Instructable is entitled: "Question on using a Peltier/TEC device for air temperature control - Help please")

Posted by Knuten 10 years ago


Some time back, it occurred to me that a sufficiently strong vacuum would be useful for drying wet electronics. After all, water boils at lower temps at higher elevations, and in space, water will even boil at 33F ( 1 C) Freeze-drying coffee is another example of using high vacuum to desicate stuff. I hooked up a vacuum pump which had been marketed for bleeding hydraulic brakes and clutches to a pressure chamber for extending the life of tennis balls.  It did not seem to work when I tried rapid drying a damp paper towel. Indeed, my control, another paper towel left out at room temps dried before the one in the vacuum chamber. I think I've heard of repurposing a refrigeration pump to act as a vac-pump. Someday, I may try that, but would prefer not to have to deal with the freon. Besides that, if someone is scrapping a fridge, and I can pick it up free, will the pump be any good?

Posted by Toga_Dan 4 years ago