Frequently Asked Questions
Q. CAN I REALLY CHANGE?
A. Yes! Players often make their biggest and fastest improvements when practicing without a ball. When you are playing or hitting you are concentrating on an end goal: hitting the ball over the net and in the court. In order to effectively change, you need to feel and reproduce the correct stroke over and over without this restriction. Producing the correct stroke is the goal. With repetition using the ServeMaster tennis training tool you will see significant improvements with your serve.
Q. WHY CAN’T I JUST USE A SOCK WITH SOME BALLS IN IT?
A. Using a precise grip is one of the MOST important and difficult aspect of learning the serve. Getting accustomed to loosely holding the Continental grip (the universal name for this grip) for a successful serve is key. The hand, arm and body need to learn how they move and work together. A sock with balls in it has no grip and varies in stretch, length and width. The ServeMaster training tool on the other hand, has grip markers, which provide a reminder of grip placement. It is consistently weighted and sized specifically for players of different size, age and ability. ServeMaster has been extensively tested and provides maximum feedback. You can do variety of exercises, which benefit tennis players at every level.
Q. CAN I USE THE SERVEMASTER WITH AN ABBREVIATED MOTION?
A. Yes, it is great for abbreviated motions where continuous motion is used. In fact it will accelerate your learning. With abbreviated motions we have to learn to consolidate movements into shorter, quicker parts. Practicing with the ServeMaster will be a constant reminder to you if you are out of sequence.
Q. IS THE SERVEMASTER ONLY FOR THE SERVE?
A. Great question! No, it is amazing for practicing and refining the overhead, forehand and backhand. It can be used for footwork and movement drills, stretching, strengthening & endurance exercises and overall general coordination and athletic skills.
Q. IS THE SERVEMASTER SAFE FOR KIDS?
A. Yes. Of course children must always be supervised when using the ServeMaster. The 10 & under version is only slightly weighted. Teaching them to “throw” with the correct grip and catch the cord on the finish not only teaches them great technique but also ensures safety. See some of our videos on teaching 10 and under kids with the ServeMaster tennis training tool.
Q. WHAT IF IT HITS ME?
A. Initially getting “hit” is good. When the ServeMaster “hits” you it is teaching you. In fact that is one of the most valuable principles. If the ServeMaster breaks down and touches you on the back it will teach you that you have a “hitch” or a stop in your back. If it brushes your shin you will be certain that you are not rotating from your legs and hips. If the ServeMaster tangles in the back you work on relaxing and letting the swing take shape. Learning to catch the “cord” on the finish is going to teach you how to increase racket head speed and avoid a "hit" on the back. These are all invaluable learning moments that quickly teach you what is correct.
The weighted end is powerful so if you are not familiar with the ServeMaster swinging slowly is critical. Experience what it FEELS like and practice the swing slowly and precisely before swinging with speed, always bearing in mind that safety must come first.
Q. DO YOU HAVE ANY VIDEOS ON HOW TO USE YOUR PRODUCTS?
A. YES! We offer multiple instructional videos on how to use ServeMaster, TossMaster, and Smashmaster for FREE! Please visit the shop product pages, our Videos page, and our YouTube channel.
Q. DO YOU SHIP INTERNATIONALLY?
A. We ship to just about everywhere on Earth with few exceptions. For more information see our terms and shipping page. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions related to international shipping.
Q. WHAT FORMS OF PAYMENT DO YOU ACCEPT?
A. We accept major credit cards such as Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover or directly payment through PayPal.
Q. CAN I CARRY SERVEMASTER IN MY CARRY ON BAG WHILE TRAVELING BY PLANE?
A. Please be advised that some airport security agents consider Servemaster a real weapon. So, to avoid possible confiscation be sure to pack your Servemaster in your checked luggage and not your carry on bag.