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Tennis 2000: Strokes, Strategy, and Psychology for a Lifetime Paperback – July 1, 1998


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Little Brown & Co (P); Rev Sub edition (July 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316105031
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316105033
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 8.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #276,559 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Vic Braden runs the Vic Braden Tennis College in Coto de Caza, California and has written several tennis manuals. He is also a TV commentator and a contributor to TENNIS magazine. Bill Bruns, a former LIFE sports editor, is a newspaper editor who has co-written 11 previous sports books. he lives in Pacific Palisades, California.

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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 22, 1998
Format: Paperback
I have always respected Mr Braden's research into the physical and geometric aspects of tennis. In this book, the results of many years of his work are presented in a no-nonsense way. The materials presented within would be valuable to 3.0-5.0 level players. As a 4.0-4.5 level player who is also a scientist, I found several tips which have helped my game become more consistent.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 15, 2000
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Tennis 2000 is a comprehensive guide to the game of tennis. You will learn about all the aspects of the game from: grips, strokes, strategy, mental issues; moreover some deeper insights from the players of the past and the present. Many of the concepts are still relevant today: " puncturing some myths that hold people back ". Vic Braden is a pioneer, merging sports science together with modern coaching methods; and including the experience of notable players such as Rod Laver, Roy Emerson, Billie Jean King, Jack Kramer; and a host of others who have contributed to tennis. The Champions speak through him with a transference that is natural; and filled with hope for all levels of play. " Winning Tennis Strokes " and " Quick Cures for Common Tennis Problems " are videos which would be useful companions to the book which give a visual representation of the ideas in Tennis 2000. Coaches who feel that their demonstrations are weak can learn stroke technique in a short period with cues that are simple to understand. As the National Governing Body put it: " Are your demonstrations right? " The two videos helped me to learn the proper demonstrations for which I will always be grateful. One of Braden's teaching gifts is the ability to put over complex technical information in a fun, enjoyable, natural manner - not an easy task to achieve - furthermore giving cues that a learner can appreciate. Coaches do find it difficult to impart correct methods in an appropriate manner when old habits refuse to go away. Vic Bradens other videos; and books have helped me to realize the expansive nature of this sport.Read more ›
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 26, 2000
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What a fantastic book! I've owned it for just two weeks, and have already seen huge improvements in my game, first by switching from the "natural" Continental to an Eastern forehand grip, and then by practicing Vic's recommendations on the serve until it finally ... clicked. We're talking about a 200% percent improvement on these strokes, and a corresponding improvement in my match scores. Thanks, Vic!
The book is packed with information, and although quite readable, does require attention, rather than a fifteen minute skim. But it will repay the effort a hundred times over. It's a LOT better than any human coach I have ever had.
FYI, I am (probably) an NTRP 3.5 player. At least, I was before my new serve and forehand.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rajesh Siraskar, SmithKline Beecham on July 21, 2000
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I am beginner - started last year. I started playing and had this book from the very beginning. This book gives me a lot of confidence. I know I am doing the right things. I know I am using the right technique. And that now, its only a matter of practice on MY part.
All his advice is supported solidly with scientific research and reasoning. So you would never doubt the advice - and hence the confidence.
I hold a lot of respect for Vic Braden. This book is NOT written for the commercial benefit - it is for the love of the game that Vic Braden has.
I strongly recommend this book for any beginner - wanting to put his right foot forward.
Vic Braden has a very pleasant style of writing - this is not a dry instruction book at all. It's a full-of-life, laugh-your-head-off type of book. Its almost like standing on the court - with Vic Braden teaching you to play.
So laugh and enjoy this lovely game - all your life !
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael Friedman on July 12, 2000
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A thorough book of the game of tennis. I am a beginning player, and found this book highly enjoyable with excellent opinions and photographs. Mr. Braden is a good writer with countless examples that are very helpful.
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