The acebuilder Method of practice is easy. After you hit 10-15 easy warm-up serves, place the acebuilder Service Target in the desired position on the court per the instructions listed below based on your skill level.
Place the acebuilder target on the surface of the court in one of the four corners of the service box--position 1, 2, 3, or 4. Serve 24 balls to each corner once a day for 3 weeks. The first 10 to 15 serves should be slow and easy to warm up your arm.
Move the acebuilder 2 feet inside the service line for positions 1 and 4. This makes you practice a serve that will take your opponent out wide. The first 10-15 serves should be slow and easy to warm-up your arm. Aim at the acebuilder. Hit the first 24 balls flat. Hit the next 24 balls a spin second serve. After 48 balls, move it to another position. Serve 96 balls on the deuce side and the next day serve 96 balls to the ad side. Practice every day for 3 weeks. As you get better, hit at position 2 first, then with the same toss and service motion, try to hit the next set of balls at position 1. Do the same for position 4—first hit balls to position 4, then with the same toss and service motion, practice hitting position 3. Try to spin the ball into position 1 and 4 to pull your opponent off the court.
Move the target between 1 & 2 and between 3 & 4, thus creating 6 targets. This allows advanced players to practice serves into their opponent`s body. Hit 210 balls a day, but always start with easy spin serves for the first 120 (20 to each position), then flat, hard serves for the next 90 (15 to each position).
Progression to work toward:
The acebuilder Service Target`s patented design provides players with instant feedback upon contact. Keep track of how many balls hit the Service Target out of the 25 that you hit to each corner.
Keep count like this: 0 out of 1, 1 out of 2, 1 out of 3, etc., until you get to 25. Mark down your hits in a table like the one shown below.
|Position 1||Position 2||Position 3||Position 4|
If advanced, add positions 5 & 6
Keep track of how many balls hit the acebuilder in a table like the one with these instructions. Although the acebuilder target is larger and more visible than other targets, it is not easy to hit. After a week or two of daily practice you will begin to hit the acebuilder once in a while. Your serve will improve tremendously from merely aiming at the acebuilder target. Another benefit is muscle memory. When you hit a large number of similar serves toward the acebuilder, you start training your body to hit with more power and less effort. The swing movement starts becoming more consistent. You will begin to "feel" in what position your knees, hips, arm and wrist need to be to produce the most power and consistency.