The Summit is pleased to announce the arrival of Erne, our new pickleball machine! Erne offers an array of drills and shots that can be customized in terms of speed, spin, elevation and sweep.

To get started, you’ll need to download the free Erne controller app to your phone so that you can set up your custom workout.

Download the Erne controller app for your phone

You can download the free Erne app at the links below:

Reserve the Erne for your workout at The Summit

The Erne ball machine is available to all members of The Summit! You’ll need to reserve a court to use it, and the cost will vary, depending on your specific membership tier. You can check the membership tiers at this link.

To reserve a court and the use of the ball machine, you can either log on to CourtReserve, or call The Summit at 828-532-5442 and they will help you make your reservation.

How to use the Erne ball machine

Our Erne ball machine is simple to operate! Roll it out onto the court, load it with pickleballs, turn it on (there’s an off/on rocker switch on the back), and use the free app to choose and start your workout.

Lots of pre-programmed settings, or your can create your own

The Erne offers a lot of programs, which you can see in the chart below. In addition to choosing your program, you can adjust the Frequency, Speed, and Spin of the ball. You can also create your own program to the specifications you want.

ERNE settings

Questions? Give us a shout!

Next time you’re at The Summit, ask us about the Erne ball machine; we’re happy to tell you all about it!

Or, if you’re ready to dive in, download the app, reserve your court and the Erne ball machine, and come try it out!

PS: Why is it called an “Erne”?

An “Erne” is a high-level pickleball shot named after Erne Perry, a former pro pickleball player, who put this particular shot on the map back in 2010.

The Erne is a shot where you hit the pickleball either (1) in the air as you are jumping around the non-volley zone (also known as the kitchen); or (2) after you run around or through the kitchen and re-establish your feet out of bounds, just to the side of the kitchen.