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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Betterway Books (November 27, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558708448
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558708440
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 5.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,718 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jeff Greenwald, M.A., MFT is a former tennis professional, a psychotherapist specializing in sports psychology, and an associate editor for TennisOne.com. He has written articles for numerous tennis publications, including Tennis Magazine and Inside Tennis, and is the author of Fearless Tennis: The 5 Mental Keys to Unlocking Your Potential, a double-CD audio program. He is a frequent speaker at tennis clubs.
www.mentaledge.net

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Well written - easy to read.
R. Pannill
It offers keen insight into the most effective psychological way to approach this game and, indeed, life in general.
E. B. Klein
This book was so helpful with all the mental aspects of the game of tennis.
K. Magnuson

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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Gary Goodman on December 6, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book is the best psychological "coach" for serious tennis players I have yet to find. There are an untold number of sport psychology books which claim to help a player find the elusive "zone". The chapters in these books tend to droan on without a tangible connection to the player. For me, Best Tennis broke the mold because the author relates to us as players, not students. He has walked in our shoes and relates practical and applicable insight through his journey as a player, coach and psychologist. The dozens of "pressure" tennis situations succinctly described in this book will hit home for any serious player with untapped potential. I will carry this book in my tennis bag and read the circled chapters in the parking lot before my next tournament. Don't be fooled by the recreational title of the book, this book should get a serious player back on track and down the right path. Nuggets of wisdom in this book.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Charlotte Underwood on June 1, 2008
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As a therapist and tennis player who has read numerous books and articles on the mental aspect of tennis, Jeff Greenwald's book and cd are by far the most helpful and the most relevant I've come across. While other mental tennis books are interesting and helpful, Greenwald has put together powerful and credible insights born from his own tennis career and solid mental health research and experience.

His insights ring true and they are clear, employable and even necessary for being a healthy happy human tennis playing person (and I would think especially necessary for the junior and pro level players to keep a healthy perspective). Often mental tennis advice makes sense (just think positive) but falls far short of being realistically helpful (positive thinking usually doesn't help muscles from getting tense in a close match). But Greenwald has done a superior job of organizing, articulating and delving into the heart of the issue/s that can leave every tennis player from playing their best tennis.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ashok Krishnamurthy on March 23, 2009
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The author presents several mental strategies for tennis that he developed from his experiences in playing and coaching. These look to be applicable to players at any level. It was a quick read and I found that a few points stuck in my head well after I had finished reading the book that helped me improve my thought process on the court and consequently my results. I play at the 4.0/4.5 level.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Janine M. Durr on July 14, 2008
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This quick read will give you great tips for your mental game. It focuses on relaxing, playing freely, not thinking about the outcome and staying in the moment.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ann Greys on February 18, 2008
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It is a nice read to have in the tennis bag and read while waiting for a match. It did have some useful angles that I have used on the court.
Worth the money.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Robert B. Strong on December 26, 2007
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This book has really improved my game - and my enjoyment playing. I learned how my attitudes have been hurting my performance in the big matches. I have no doubt that my last tournament win is directly attributable to mental strategies from 'The Best Tennis of Your Life.' Thank you, Jeff Greenwald.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jadi on December 28, 2010
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When I need a little inspiration, I read a short chapter from the book. It's more motivational than technical, which is often what I need. Sometimes the author's personal stories are a bit much, but overall he's got some good suggestions. This is not a sit down, read and improve your game kind of book. It's more of a quick pick me up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By xhighbar on May 4, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Excellent roadmap, breaking down into manageable components, the numerous inner and outer human factors that interfere with experiencing one's best tennis. Bravo, job well done.

Already using some of the simple techniques to improve my game. Breath control, focus on the next point, not serving until ones's arm is relaxed, utilizing the time between points and games constructively, and letting errors go.

Refocusing after recognizing that an external or internal "should", or desired outcome, or "critic" has come into mind, and getting back to one's own "half of the court/ living in the moment".

Lot more fun to hit freely and not let one's mind get in the way.

I especially like the idea Jeff recommends to go back and review a chapter before going out to practice. Emphasis that real change takes dedication, patience and time is key.

Great bibliography. Inner game and winning ugly my favorites. Bravo Jeff.
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