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Tennis Today (Wadsworth's Physical Education Series) Paperback – July 26, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-0534358358 ISBN-10: 0534358357 Edition: 2nd

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  • Series: Wadsworth's Physical Education Series
  • Paperback: 225 pages
  • Publisher: Brooks Cole; 2 edition (July 26, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0534358357
  • ISBN-13: 978-0534358358
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,708,370 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1. Introduction. 2. The Equipment. 3. The Grips and Footwork. 4. The Forehand. 5. The Backhand. 6. The Serves. 7. Return of Service. 8. Approach Shots. 9. Net Play. 10. Playing Against the Net Player. 11. Singles Play Strategy. 12. Doubles Play Strategy. 13. Taking Care of Your Mind and Body. 14. Practicing Effectively. 15. Nutrition. 16. Sensible Eating and Weight Management. 17. Fluid Replacement and Problems of Heat and Cold. Appendix: Official Rulebook for Tennis. 1. Introduction. 2. The Equipment. 3. The Grips and Footwork. 4. The Forehand. 5. The Backhand. 6. The Serves. 7. Return of Service. 8. Approach Shots. 9. Net Play. 10. Playing Against the Net Player. 11. Singles Play Strategy. 12. Doubles Play Strategy. 13. Taking Care of Your Mind and Body. 14. Practicing Effectively. 15. Nutrition. 16. Sensible Eating and Weight Management. 17. Fluid Replacement and Problems of Heat and Cold. Appendix: Official Rulebook for Tennis.

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By A Customer on June 6, 2000
Format: Paperback
A good book for beginners and advanced beginners. Advanced players will already know most of the stuff mentioned in it - but may gain new perspective. I've been playing tennis for two years without having undergone any formal coaching (and have read this book only recently) - so I found out lots of useful, new stuff.
The 1-2-3-4 approach to explain each new kind of stroke/shot is novel and players would do well to follow it till the shots come effortlessly. It also serves to explain each shot by breaking it into four essential parts. There are enough illustrations to follow what is being described in the text.
In addition to describing different strokes, they tell you about the strategy part of the game - the mental game after you've practiced the physical part enough. I still haven't got good enough to put these strategies into practice, but it helps to have them at the back of your mind.
Drills for players of different levels are suggested. I found some of them pretty obvious drills (e.g. Serve and return drill is to have some person serve and you return it) while others were non-trivial to think of (e.g. Two Up-One Back Passing Shots).
The last few chapters discuss the non-play aspects of tennis - like diet, fluid replacement. I am mostly interested in playing the game (infrequently, at that), so I did not benefit much from reading these. People who are planning to take up tennis as a regular or professional activity should pay more attention to these topics.
Overall, I would recommend this book for anyone who has not taken any formal coaching in tennis, or for people who have not played much tennis. Advanced players would be better advised to borrow the book from somewhere and glance through the pictures and see if they find anything they think they are weak on and read only those portions of the book.
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