ServeMaster Inventor and Founder
Born in Chappaqua, New York, Lisa Dodson is a 40-year teaching professional and formerly world ranked player. Having spent 20 years in Northern California, Lisa returned home to Mt Kisco, New York in 2013.
Now the seasonal Director of Tennis at Shenorock Shore Club in Rye, NY, and professional at The Saw Mill Club in Mt Kisco, NY, Lisa was previously the director of tennis at:
- Clubsport of Pleasanton, Pleasanton, Ca;
- Hidden Hills Racquet Club, Hayward, Ca;
- The Racquet Club at Ocean Reef, Key Largo, Fl;
- The Stanwich Club, Greenwich, Ct;
- Pound Ridge Tennis Club, Pound Ridge, NY.
Also experienced in the restaurant business, she owned and operated Lobos Grill, Club Sandwich and the Alley Cafe in New Canaan, Ct.
Lisa is a former WTA player with a world ranking of #270 in singles. She played basketball and tennis for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, graduating in 1979 with a BA in Political Science. She graduated from Horace Greeley High School in Chappaqua, New York. Lisa also competed on the Eastern United States Volleyball travel team and went to Olympic basketball trials while at Horace Greeley.
She has held sectional rankings in women's singles and doubles in the Eastern, Florida and Northern California Sections and has been a USTA Nor Cal 35s, 40s and 45s sectional team player.
Lisa went into teaching because she loves the game. Starting at age 6 as the youngest in a tennis playing family, "my parents could not get me off the court". Her first real job was doing the Har-Tru court maintenance and teaching junior programs at a country club in New York at age 16. She became a full time teaching pro in 1979, played professionally from 1982-1986 and resumed teaching again until 1989. In the restaurant business from 1989-1994 Lisa couldn't stay off the courts and returned full time to teaching, directing and managing in 1994. She is a USPTA certified Elite Professional and a MTMCA L3 certified professional. She also served on the USPTA Eastern Board for the 2014-2016 term.
"I love motivating and figuring out how to get great results from every player". That's how Servemaster came about. While injured in 2009, Lisa finally had time to develop her tennis serve training tool. After using a sock with balls in it as a flexible and weighted swing aid for 30 years, "Because the serve is so difficult to teach, I decided that a simple tool with all of the right components would be incredibly useful". So, after 18 months of development, research and work, Servemaster was patented and on the market.
Now that Servemaster is out there Lisa plans to launch her next recently patented serve teaching aid: TossMaster. Look for TossMaster in 2017!
Read Lisa's publications for NY Tennis Magazine:
June 26, 2012: THE ART OF THE SERVE
September 17, 2012: THREE SECRETS TO A BETTER SERVE TODAY
December 4, 2012: WHAT DOES RACKET HEAD SPEED MEAN FOR THE SERVE?
February 1, 2013: FIX YOUR TOSS AND GET MORE POWER ON THE SERVE
April 5, 2013: ZONE PRACTICE: THE PERFECT ONE-HOUR WORKOUT
June 27, 2013: THE SERVE: IMMEDIATE RESULTS WITH TIPS AND ZONE PRACTICE
September 10, 2013: THE SERVE: TAKE THE BEST OF YOUR SERVE FOR A KILLER OVERHEAD (PART I)
September 30, 2013: THE SERVE: TAKE THE BEST OF YOUR SERVE FOR A KILLER OVERHEAD (PART II)
November 26, 2013: TAKE THE BEST OF YOUR SERVE FOR A KILLER OVERHEAD (PART III FINAL)
February 7, 2014: A FOOLPROOF WAY TO THE CONTINENTAL GRIP OF THE SERVE
April 11, 2014: THE SERVE: LET'S FINALLY FIX YOUR SERVE TOSS
December 11, 2014: THE TEMPO OF THE TAKE-BACK IS CRITICAL TO SERVE SUCCESS
February 20, 2015: SOME PITFALLS OF MODERN TEACHING TECHNIQUES
October 2, 2015: TIPS FROM THE TENNIS PRO: PAIR THE GRIP AND TOSS FOR SERVE VARIETY
February 26, 2016: TIPS FROM THE TENNIS PRO: THE MANTRA OF THREE FOR YOUR BEST TENNIS IN 2016
April 14, 2017: SERVE AND VOLLEY FOR WOMEN: WHY NOT?
June 1, 2017: GRIP, THROW, SERVE: IT'S SIMPLE IF YOU START EARLY
August 24, 2017: TIPS FROM THE TENNIS PRO: FIX YOUR TOSS FOREVER