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Product: Tennis Chop Cup
Price: £20 (via a magic forum, howwever new price is $39.95.)
Ignoring the fact that I bought this second user the price for this is very good. Stephane
charges $22 for a set of the 4 (unchopped) mini tennis balls alone and 3 are included in this set (1
Tennis ball chop cup (made from a Penn tennis ball "tube"), 3 mini tennis balls (1 chopped), 2
regulation tennis balls for final loads and routine.
Delivery Time / Packaging:
This was shipped second user from a domestic website, it came in 3 days and was well
packed. I have never dealt with Stephane at all so I can't comment.
The chop cup itself is a lot more fragile than a regular cup as it is constructed from a genuine
tube for packaging tennis balls. Being thin walled plastic you need to make sure you take
Given that you bear this in mind then it should be
okay with regular performances. I could imagine that there may be a need to touch up a little black
paint now and again as there were a couple of spots on this where it had rubbed away.
A good plus point of this cup is
the fact that as it was originally desinged as a container, it has a lid. The mini balls and one final
load all fit inside with the lid on so all you have to find room for is the second final
As far as suitability goes this is great, it's a tennis ball
holder and you perform a routine with miniature tennis balls ending with a congruent final load of 2 large
In that respect it suits its purpose perfectly and for those who need a reason to perform a chop
cup routine this fits the bill.
If you want a cup to knock about on the street or throw in your case without worrying about
then it's not really suitable. For general close up and performing this is a great little
There are a couple of issues that
"niggle" me, the first being the shape of the bottom of the cup in relation to the placement of the
Because the base is the same in
construction as a fizzy drinks bottle the ball tends to rest in one of the 5 star shaped "troughs" rather than
hitting the raised sweet spot. This is covered in the instructions and there's a bit of a knack to working it
which you'll soon get but I feel is worth mentioning.
The second are the
balls. They are beautifully made and look fantasic, however the white lines on them are hard and make the
balls very talkative. If you're performing this on a padded surface you should be okay but the balls still
talk a lot in the cup.
I like this cup, both in terms of its congruency and logical routine and familiarity of objects
and I believe it to be a very commercial effect that laymen will
Of course there's also great scope for creating your own routine and not just working the one
supplied but we should all be doing that anyway, right?
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