Without a remote control or somebody to man the machine for you, this will be a tough to manage. Imagine you set up the machine, push play and run to the other side before it starts firing. Bam. The first ball flies past. Shucks, the speed is too fast. Bam, another ball goes. Definitely too fast. You decide to run back and change the speed to slower. Bam, bam, bam, bam, bam. By the time you get back to the machine you’re already 15 balls down and you’re yet to actually hit one ball. Without a remote, you’ll get more exercise running to and fro setting the machine than actually hitting balls. Yes, a remote control, even if it’s basic, is a huge benefit. The more functions that you have at your fingertips the better your experience and practice will be.