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More Than Just the Strokes: Personal Best Tennis in Clubland and Beyond Paperback – March, 2005


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 278 pages
  • Publisher: Pentland Press (NC) (March 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1571974342
  • ISBN-13: 978-1571974341
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,809,868 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'More Than Just the Strokes' is the perfect book for club players who seek to improve their competitive skills." -- Jim Loehr, Ed.D., best selling author, including "The Power of Full Engagement" and "Toughness Training for Sports," coach to several world class tennis players

"...the next best thing to having [Jak] on the court beside you." -- Cameron Myler, four-time U.S.A. Olympian

"Jak Beardsworth explains what no other instructor or instruction book has ever attempted - how to really understand the tennis game." -- Peter Eiperdauer, Austrian National Coach

About the Author

Jak Beardsworth has been involved in the game of tennis for over thirty-five years. A three-time New England Small College champion, he has not only played, but also coached, lectured and advised both aspiring professional and recreational players.

Beardsworth is a former director of the Jimmy Connors Tennis Center and an associate to the famous "mental toughness" trainer and tour guru, Dr. Jim Loehr. He has presented seminars to fellow pros both in the U.S. and Europe, and he has participated in numerous clinics and exhibitions with Grand Slam champions and Davis Cup captains. He is a twenty-five year member of the Head/Penn national advisory staff.

Throughout the years, Jak Beardsworth has been a columnist for various local publications in New England and has written for World Tennis Magazine. "More Than Just the Strokes" is his first book.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wuf on July 11, 2005
Format: Paperback
I've been playing tennis my whole life and have read over 30 tennis books. I can say with absolute confidence that this book is the most user-friendly, concise, readable tennis guide I have ever read. Beardsworth makes the painfully abstract elements of stroke mechanics easy to visualize. [I should add that I own nearly every technique manual on the market and have never been inspired to write a review].

The author does not stop at stroke production, he has a remarkable ability to unpack the mental elements of the game and he provides entertaining information about the current tennis culture (at the club and pro level).

What makes this book truly unique, however, is the author's voice. He has a charismatic, snappy prose that makes for effortless reading. One can tell that this guy has been in the tennis business forever (he has seen it all). His anecdotes and insights are priceless; his understanding of the game -- the whole game -- is remarkable. Buy this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lawrence A. Martin on October 21, 2006
Format: Paperback
We all pretty much know what we want to accomplish on the court. More Than Just The Strokes however, teaches you how really "seeing it" leads to "doing it". Whether you're battling a small technical glitch, self induced demons on your court, or an ineffective strategy, Jak's professional experience and insight teaches you how to strike the perfect merger between a technical mind set and mindful technique. The result: winning play instead of playing to win. The content is easy to understand and a welcome alternative to the traditional just hitting yet another thousand balls to maybe get the same result. Your time on the court will never feel more satisfying. A delightful, inspiring "must read" for all levels of players.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By barrie from canada on November 7, 2005
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More Than Just The Stokes Is absolutely the best tennis insructional book I have ever read.It is not a fancy book in terms of glossy and impressive pictures but the "meat and potatoes" of tennis instruction is there in SPADES!

I particularly enjoyed and my game has benefited from the areas of the book covering volleys,singles strategy and watching the ball.

This book is an absolute must read for anyone trying to improve their game. I believe that tennis instuctors would benefit from buying this book in bulk for their students.

Give it a try.You won't be disapointed!

Barrie Cox

4.0 Toronto,Canada
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard A. Perras on March 8, 2006
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For any player who wants to improve or enjoy the game more, Jak's book is a must.It offers many practical tips for singles and doubles. The sections on developing topsin,effective breathing during a match, club competition doubles strategies and practice routines are alone worth the price.

I have played for more than 30 yrs, have had many lessons and gone to tennis camps from Vermont to Florida. Jak's book has given me more stuff to work on, and to look forward to using in a match, than a lot of these other instructions.
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