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Ultimate Tennis: The Pleasure Game Paperback – February, 1993


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 231 pages
  • Publisher: Masters Press; 2nd edition (February 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0940279533
  • ISBN-13: 978-0940279537
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,173,457 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 27, 1998
Format: Paperback
I have been playing tennis for 21 years and coaching the last 7 years fulltime. I have played school, state, national, university and satallite. I have read many tennis books ranging from `Tournament Tough' to `The Inner game of Tennis', but Al Secunda's book is simply the BEST. Presently I am on my 3rd copy because I constantly have it in my tennis bag and use it to help my customers visualise better technique. Like myself my clients find Al Secunda's delivery entertaining and informative. I have visibly seen students improve and enjoy their game more, following `pleasure and precision' principles. In particular I find Al's palm on the forehand and pinky knuckle on the backhand as essential focal points for smooth stroking. The extended scarecrow service motion, the linear stroking photo's and the novel way of explaining under the equator as good contact are revoultionary. The books excellent use of witty diagrams and photo's to help you understand and visualise Al's ponints' makes learning and teaching tennis fun again. I have used as the motto for my Tennis Co. `where the fun begins' and it flows from the way Al describes the mystrey of tennis. In his own unique way Al Secunda makes common sense of complicated tennis biomechanics and elaborate mental imagery. I am a fan but not a blind one! Al describes the very subtle yet important functions of the left hand but in some of his demonstations I disagree with it's position. It is often not preparing the racquet correctly (b/d volley) or used in finishing (f/d groundstroke). Al also does not adequately focus on how to handle different ball hitting heights, spins and on the rise.Read more ›
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 29, 1999
Format: Paperback
I started tennis late in life and I picked up and never let go of bad habits. When I started playing (A) level tennis I became so frustrated because I was unable to win my serves. I was concentrating and spending so much energy on my serve that the other parts of my game suffered. I took lessons and listen to other players and no one was able to get the their instructions across like Mr. Secunda. I read the section on serves and it has totally transformed my game. Buy this book read it and then read it again. You will be recommending this book to others. I 'm happy to say that I'm back to playing 3 to 4 times a week.
Alex Stavros
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 11, 1997
Format: Paperback
Al Secunda writes in an unusual style, which is initially foreign, but friendly and comfortable. The photos in the book are sometimes humorous and deliver a clear message. The special feature of the text is the detailed explanation of tennis strokes, racket preparation, footwork, tactics, grips and options for developing good tennis habits. This is not a book about tennis competition nor how to be a top player. It is a book about learning to play well, on your own, for exercise and pleasure. In this regard, the text stands well above the rest of the lot, as good two months later as on the first reading. Friends who ask to borrow it get a "NO", because I find myself re-reading it monthly.
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