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1001 Incredible Tennis Games, Drills & Tips: A Super Abundance of Information for Every Teaching Professional & Tennis Enthusiast Paperback – June 1, 1997


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 189 pages
  • Publisher: Hoskins & Grant Pub (June 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0965881407
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965881401
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,295,807 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Tina Hoskins, Author, 26 years competing and teaching on the USTA Satellite circuit 1990-91,92 USTA, ATA, ETA, TTA Jr. and Adult Championship Rankings, USPTA Cert. Currently Teaching Pro. at a prestigious Tennis Club in New Jersey.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 24, 1999
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I found this book to have GOOD INTENTIONS but is rather WEAK inmany respects. First, it attempts to be comprehensive but is ratherDIFFICULT TO READ and is POORLY ORGANIZED. It appears to be many NOTES over the years. There is a WEALTH OF IDEAS but LITTLE COHESION. Second, I don't understand how notes are systematically attributed; some games are not correctedly attributed. Third, the diagrams are poor (although I have seen worst even in some excellent books). Fourth, RESEARCH APPEARS VERY LIMITED as many excellent resources were not cited nor presumably researched -- what were the criteria for picking tips? drills? Many excellent games/drills/tips were not present. There appear to lots of holes in coverage. It looks like a dozen books and magazines were read together and the contents were copied straight out with about 10% originality. Fifth, EDITING IS A MAJOR PROBLEM with the various typos (possibly on every other page!) and organizational structure (the book appears to be self-published). The table of contents is missing a list of drills/games for peewees and munchkins. Last, the author's call for the USPTA and USPTR pros to "wake up" is a mystery since the author appears not to be a member of either (see 1999 USPTA or USPTR handbooks).
This book is clearly a first draft and needs cleaning up! OK FOR PLAYERS IF YOU CAN GET IT CHEAP ...it's ok since it combines ideas from other resources. OK FOR THE ENTRY LEVEL TEACHING PRO OR COACH but clearly a mediocre resource. NOT RECOMMENDED FOR SERIOUS, EXPERIENCED TEACHING PROS. I think my 2 stars rating is a bit generous.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 11, 2000
First of all, the book is filled with TYPOS! I can't believe any publisher or editor would let this book hit the stands in the first place. Most of the drills require more than two players (often difficult to come by) and it is geared much more towards the tennis coach than the every day player. I would only recommend this book if you don't mind typos and are coaching fairly large groups. There are a couple of decent drills, but definitely not worth the time or money.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 2, 1999
I want to thank Tina for writing an exciting and incredibly useful tool. I have been practicing the drills and tips in her book for the last six months and it has improved my own game by volumes. I would suggest it to everyone from the serious player to the person who just wants to add some activity and fun to their lives. It is well worth the money. Thanks Tina!!!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 15, 2000
This is a really great example of great tennis literature. Although, I must admit, it is often not hard to come by, books like this truly are. It is a real gem, and taught myself and my fellow tennis players out here just how the game can be played hard, but also how to incorporate fun into it very easily. I recommend this book to anyone, beginner or USTA pro, Satellite player or retired player, because it is so clear and concise. The book makes the game fun. Thanks, Tina!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Roger Haeske on July 31, 2001
This is a fantastic book. I have started using many of the drills and games in my tennis lessons. So far I have only scratched the surface of the book, but even that has been very helpful for me.
Most students want to have fun during a tennis lesson. This book has lots of fun games. Some of the games and drills I have been using already, but the good thing is that I found a new way to do them. Many of those ways were improvements over the method I was already using.
Also there are many drills and games designed for more than 4 players at a time. Most of my teaching career has been limited to teaching 4 players or less at a time, so this is a big help for me.
The only thing that might annoy you are the spelling mistakes. After speaking with the author I found out it wasn't her spelling but OCR software problems that produced those spelling mistakes. I'm sure her next book won't have those problems. Don't worry everything is easily understandable anyway.
Overall this is a great book, it even has games, activities and teaching tips for munchkin tennis players. This book is a great resource for any teaching pro.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 3, 1999
This book was great for ideas on teaching and drilling. It kept my interest and was easy to follow all the drills described. I have read many tennis books, but never one that covered all the aspects of tennis like this one. Thank you for writing this book. It has made me a better tennis instructor. I recoment this book to any one who has any interest in learning anything about the game of tennis.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 12, 1999
This incredibly bright, well-written, excellent tennis book by Tina Hoskins gets a rating of five stars on my list! Out of all the books I have read, I enjoyed this book the most, because every step of every drill in the entire book is written out clear as crystal. It is easy reading and there is no pressure. I have coached a girls' team for nearly ten years, and am a once-professional player myself, and I have to say, Tina Hoskins, you have written a helpful book! Your book has helped my girls understand everything hard about tennis better, and they are able to breathe easier when they go up against harder teams and breeze by. My girls and I thank you, Tina! Sincerely, Marjorie Peck, Head Coach, St. Augustine's School
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