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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: It Books; 1 edition (February 17, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060982004
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060982003
  • Product Dimensions: 2.9 x 3.6 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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Fox is a former Davis Cup competitor and current tennis coach at Pepperdine. While his qualifications are excellent, his presentation here is confusing and frustrating. The diagrams that he employs seem more suitable to a geometry text than a how-to book. Fox uses angles and court positions to explain winning (or losing) routines. He tries to address both the beginner and advanced player, which results in short service to both. While the sections on mental strategies and game psychology are informative and helpful, they are too rare. Not recommended.
- J. Sara Paulk, Concord P.L., N.H.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Review

"The first tennis book I've read that not only tells you how to hit the ball, but how to play." -- -- Tom Gullikson

"This book will flat-out help you win." -- -- Charles Hoeveler, Founder and President, Adidas Tennis Camps International, and number-one-ranked player in the world, 1992, Men's Senior Division

"Think to Win is an absolutely unique book, revealing the intricate form and function of the art of tennis, explaining the ever-present linkage of strokes and tactics, strategies and psychologies. Allen Fox, a world-class player and tennis thinker, has written a brilliant and witty book which will highly benefit players and coaches from all levels of the game. -- David A. Benjamin, Executive Director,Intercollegiate Tennis Association, and Men's Tennis Coach, Princeton University

"Allen Fox's brilliant insights on strategy will benefit players at all levels, from the kids that attend my tennis camps to the nationally ranked players on my Stanford team. And as sophisticated as it is, it's a lot of fun to read." -- Dick Gould, Coach, Stanford Men's Tennis Team

"Finally, we have a book that deals with strategy. Now you can develop your match-playing abilities with Think to Win, a book that will help competitors of all levels play the points better." -- Dr. Jack Groppel, Executive Vice President, Loehr-Groppel/Saddlebrook Sport Science, Inc.

"I've watched Allen Fox beat some of the best players in the world. He plays smart and knows how to win tennis matches." -- Jack Kramer

"The first tennis book I've read that not only tells you how to hit the ball, but how to play." -- Tom Gullikson

"This book is so good I'm jealous that I didn't write it." -- Richard "Pancho" Gonzales

"This book will flat-out help you win." -- Charles Hoeveler, Founder and President, Adidas Tennis Camps International, and number-one-ranked player in the world, 1992, Men's Senior Division

"This is a fascinating book. I was captivated from start to finish. It's great to see the insights of my old mentor in print." -- Brad Gilbert


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Mr. Fox is very detailed in his explanations.
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I feel it gets too technical with the strokes, just not what I was looking to get out of the book.
Dorcas A. Williams
A good complement to Brad Gilbert's Ugly Tennis.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

51 of 51 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 13, 1999
Format: Paperback
I'm not fond of tennis books that tell you all about grip and how to swing the racket for top spin, slice, etc. You can't learn that from a book. It's like reading a book on how to swim the crawl. And besides, that's boring stuff that takes up the majority of every banal tennis book. This book is so very different. It doesn't mess around, but tells you that, when the ball lands here, you've got these options, etc. And it goes into detail, with illustrations, letting you know why, based on physics, that certain shots are low percentage shots. There is a wealth of info on net play, baseline play, approach shots, all with a concentration on placement, instead of racket swing. If you have the ability to play and be competitive, I suggest this book.
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By 9706250@mail.tilehill.ac.uk on July 16, 1998
Format: Paperback
This book is ideal for those of us who have the strokes; however don't know what to do with them. The ideas of keeping the ball crosscourt, attack down the line, keep the ball in play, utilizing your strengths and weaknesses, as well as information on strokes can only help a player improve. My success rate in turning matches into victories has increased tremendoulsy since applying the ideas. Most coaches and players mainly concentrate on strokes which are important; moreover this book tends to avoid situations which can cause potential problems down the road. I have worked hard on my game over the years with mixed results; however I know realise if you do not use strategy properly it all does not work! Rarely do coaches teach this information to players as one parent put it "...all we ever get is forehand and a backhand " I feel more coaches should be aware that progress is a lot more effective when strategy is taught. The results of the players that I h! ! ave coached have improved immeasurably since applying these principles; the game is easier to handle! Fox looks at it from a players perspective who needs direction-there are a lot us around-I ask the question why this information was not provided earlier! You also get advice on doubles in this book which makes it unique in both singles and doubles play. This book is for those who have the strokes. There is high level of credablity in the pages, Fox who is a former professional player, a high level college coach, and an academic writes from the battlefield. I do recommend the video version of this book as the concepts are put into practice. This one is a treasure for anyone who wants to improve from beginners to professional level players.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Gerald L. Canter on December 18, 2000
Format: Paperback
"Think To Win," is the best book I've ever read on tennis strategy-and I've read a bunch of 'em. Allen Fox doesn't just tell you how to stroke the ball, he shows you how to PLAY TENNIS! Fox's book has done more for my game than many (too many, I'm sorry to say) years of lessons. His insights on the subtleties of court geometry were a revelation to me, and have improved my winning percentage immeasurably. Buy "Think To Win," along with Brad Gilbert's "Winning Ugly" (who, by the way, was coached by Fox at Pepperdine) Between the two, you'll find the majority of the information you'll need to play successful, competitive tennis.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 9, 2001
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This book specializes in strategy from a geometric point of view. This means that it helps you analyze your options and explains why an option is best. It also explains what is the best spot to recover to after hitting a certain shot. I find this very useful because the author throughly explains why. I don't often apply something to my game unless I know exactly why I am doing it. This way I won't feel reluctant or unsure about doing something. This book takes away my reluctance because the author explains exactly why what he preaches is ideal. It is ideal because he explains how what he says is the best based on angles, court coverage, and percentages. I also enjoyed the chapter on strategy of past champions and current champions such as McEnroe or Becker, and the chapter on game plans. I didn't like his advice on tennis strokes though, but it is still worth the read just for another opinion because no one knows everything. I'd give this book a 4.5 star rating and I believe it is a must read for any tennis player.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 8, 2003
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This book very clearly explains the purposes of various shots, how to decide on a winning style for yourself, and how to construct winning points from the baseline and from the net. For a college player or old timer most of this will be old hat, but for the vast majority of intermediates who have learned the strokes but can't win against experienced players, this is mandatory reading. The diagrams are clear but they do require a few seconds of thinking and visualization; this is strategy after all.
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21 of 28 people found the following review helpful By R. Spell VINE VOICE on December 2, 2001
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Having throughly enjoyed Brad Gilbert's book, I hoped to learn even more from his former coach who shaped Brad into the world class player he was. Unfortunately this book is written in the typical how to play tennis and be better at it. There are pictures showing the different strokes and grips. It's actually not similar to Brad's book at all although it does have a couple examples of how Brad and other players used mental advantages to win matches against better players.
If you are a beginner and want to read a good "how to" book, this would be fine. But if you already play and are looking for some useful tips from a master, this doesn't quite fill the bill.
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