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Product Details

  • Perfect Paperback: 114 pages
  • Publisher: Kirk House Publishers (March 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933794240
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933794242
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.2 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #647,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book could easily be used as a training manual for someone trying to teach tennis those people who are good tennis players who would like to teach tennis to their kids, but can't put what they know into words. Also, it would be a great book for adult beginners who are participating in a beginner level instruction course. It could be used as a text book. ----Michael Gardner, Tennis Pro, Carlisle, Massachusets

Bring Your Racquet is a resource that any parent or beginning/intermediate player can refer to when they are not on the court with their Pro. Some Pros instruction may differ slightly from the information in the book. None of us teach exactly the same, but 99% of the book is the information that Pros impart to their beginning and intermediate students. --Dick Hatfield, Director of Tennis at Newman Tennis Center, United States Professional Tennis Association

Bring Your Racquet is a resource that any parent or beginning/intermediate player can refer to when they are not on the court with their Pro. In simple and concise terms Steven instills a remembrance to the player "Oh I remember my Pro said that." Some Pros instruction may differ slightly from the information in the book. None of us teach exactly the same, but 99% of the book is the information that Pros impart to their beginning and intermediate students. --Dick Hatfield, Director of Tennis at Newman Tennis Center, United States Professional Tennis Association

From the Author

       At no time in history has there been so many children wanting to play tennis at such a young age. And quite naturally, young players are constantly striving to improve their games. While there are many ways to learn the game and to improve, the basics of tennis are unchanging. That is why this book, the result of over twenty-five years of tennis teaching experience, concentrates on the fundamentals of the game for the young, the beginning, and the improving player.
        As a professional tennis instructor, I wanted to illustrate the basics of the game in terms the average young player can easily follow. Too much written tennis instruction is overly detailed and unnecessarily complicated for young readers. This book allows intermediate readers to learn the basic strokes of the game from easy-to-follow instruction with simple sentences to more sophisticated sentence structure, and new vocabulary. But what really makes this instructional guidebook fun is the blend of instruction with Manga characters. "Manga" is a Japanese art form loved by children and young adults all over the world. And truly, with the accompaniment of characters, each lesson piques the reader's interest in learning not only the strokes themselves, but it also promotes their reading skills by motivating them to understand what they are reading - the instruction relative to a game they wish to learn.  
        Additionally, during the many months that I worked on this project, I came to the inescapable conclusion that the young readers of this book will want to make their own simplifications of the game and personalize their own approaches to improvement. In a nutshell, they will begin to take responsibility for their own games - and that's a good thing.
        And finally, as you read and apply the tips I've provided, I hope you realize that this book is not meant to replace the teaching of your local certified professional. It is extremely difficult for anyone to teach himself tennis. There is simply too much to learn about the game. In fact, your teaching pro may even disagree with some of the ideas presented here, but that is nothing to worry about because, literally, there is no one way to play the game. You may even experience some difficulties in executing the strokes properly at first, but that shouldn't concern you either. Allow yourself some time to gain confidence in your new strokes. You may even drop a match or two as you learn your new techniques. But if you are not willing to accept this, you will not improve. Above all, the one thing I hope to teach you, is that improvement comes only with hard work and patience, as I know all too well.
 
                                                                              
                                                                                       Steven White
                                                                                       Author, Illustrator, Instructor
 

More About the Author

Steven White, a professional tennis instructor and former satellite tour player, is certified with the Professional Tennis Registry, the worlds' largest international organization of tennis teachers and coaches. He is a life-long competitive player and enthusiast that's been teaching tennis since his college days. Steven studied physical education with an emphasis in recreation while on an athletic scholarship at Francis Marion College in Florence, South Carolina, where he was the #1 player on the men's tennis team. He later transferred to Coastal Carolina University near Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where he continued his education while teaching to the Myrtle Beach Tennis Club. Additional special training he has achieved includes Stroke Progressions, Corrective Techniques, Lesson & Practice Organization, Individual & Group Instruction, Singles & Doubles Tactics, Drill Organization, Practice Teaching , USTA Programming, Marketing Tennis, and Ball Feeding Techniques. All courses were completed at Van Der Meer Tennis University, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Steven is currently teaching at Dutch Fork Tennis Center, Irmo, SC. And recently, Steven was granted membership to the United States Tennis Writers Association.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By steven sent on February 17, 2013
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Must read for any child aspiring to play Tennis. Steven White, author and former tennis player does an excellent job in teaching basic tennis for children of all ages. I highly recommend this book, a former tennis player of almost 50 yrs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul D. White, Jr. on February 13, 2013
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My child uses it. I have given a number of copies to friends who have children taking lessons, too. They love it. It's easy to read and the glossary is a nice touch. The graphics are modern and fun, making it even more fun to thumb through, almost like a comic book. A few copies have made it to India with some my colleagues, as gifts.
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This is an excellent instruction guide for any new player as well as a helpful guide for anyone instructing a new player. Everything is well and clearly explained. Definitely recommend it.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bryan Elliott on July 15, 2013
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It has a lot of tips for kids, but no tennis exercises, drills, etc. I expected something that would start with basic exercises and then advance.
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