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Total Tennis: A Complete Guide for Today's Player Hardcover – August 1, 1989


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc; 1st Printing edition (August 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0026204010
  • ISBN-13: 978-0026204019
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 7.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,825,515 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Although Burwash's conversational style tends toward redundancy and is often egotistic, he takes a practical, commonsense approach to tennis instruction. The advice is straightforward enough: on the fundamentals (including footwork, strokes, and specific shots); Burwash also offers his ideas on game strategy and on conditioning. Most public libraries will want this instructional volume in their general sports collections.
- Patricia Norris, Illinois State Lib., Springfield
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Brian McDaniel on January 19, 2000
Format: Paperback
When I first started playing tennis about 4 yrs ago, I E-mailed my mother a list of tennis books and said, 'buy 1 of them for my birthday.' Mom is great so she bought all of them. I flipped through them all, but I read, studied, and re-read Peter Burwash's book. I am now reading it for the 4th time and every time I get something new out of it. He discusses strokes, strategies, fitness and attitude. He does it all in a way that is easy to understand. I began taking private lessons last year and it was amazing how many things I learned that I quickly recalled from this book.
You cant go wrong with this book. From a beginner to an intermediate player, this book is a constant companion and contains help for everyone.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By L. Gray on October 6, 1998
Format: Paperback
As a long time recreational player, I found this book to be an excellent source for improving my overall game. Instead of dwelling on how to hit the ball, Peter Burwash introduces the concepts needed to move your game up to a new level. With numerous concise descriptions of court positions, percentage tennis and mindful observations, Mr. Burwash gives you a set of tools to take what you already know and move your game up to a level where you will win more points and matches. I had always concentrated on hitting the ball and having fun. This books shows you how to do those same things with a purpose. I have tried many of his suggestions with great results. Highly recommended for a player ready to put brains before brawn.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 10, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book takes a different approach to improving your tennis game but I think it's a good one. The author is straight-forward and doesn't hold anything back. While he does give detailed instruction on the actually playing of tennis and covers all aspects of play he highlights the ways to really improve your game by your positioning, attitude, thinking, etc. He goes beyond the typical "hit the ball this way" method present in many tennis books but breaks down tennis play into easy to understand logic. There is a lot of information in this book but nothing a persistent, and hard-working tennis players can't handle. You will benefit most by reading, then using that instruction on the court then reading some more and applying your new instruction the next time you play. Take it one step at a time and I think you'll benefit.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By DJS on July 14, 2002
Format: Hardcover
The only problem readers will have is deciding which piece of professional advice NOT to highlight. By the time you're finished, your entire book may be streaked in bright yellow, like mine.
This is the only tennis book you'll ever need: it's perfect for beginners, yet contains enough tips from his professional days and those of his fellow legends that the most advanced players will also find it useful.
Burwash shows why his tennis instruction is famous in upscale resorts and clubs the world over.
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This is the edited followup for Tennis for Life. Another great book. This teaches the fundatmentals of tennis and gave me a lot of good tips on how to play and strategize. A lot more and better than what a club pro in you local pro can give you and you don't have to pay $80/hr to make your game better. In this book it says a lot what a club pro teaches is nonsense and has not usefulness in a a match. Peter is right. And if you want to improve your match play and strategy, then this book is for you.
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