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Winning Doubles Paperback – April 1, 1995

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Singles tennis may take the spotlight at center court, but for the 25 million tennis players in America, doubles is the game they play. Tennis experts estimate 80% or more of amateur tennis players play doubles, yet few books have ever focussed on the doubles player - and none so comprehensively as Winning Doubles.Here veteran tennis coach Scott Perlstein presents a clear and detailed analysis of the strategies, techniques, and shot sequences that make for a great doubles game. After discussing the nature of doubles play - everything from the doubles court and basic doubles etiquette to team signaling and advanced points-in-progress strategies - the book proceeds to a unique "playbook" format in which 150 black-and-white action photographs and step-by-step instructions address every likely doubles configuration.Winning Doubles is essential reading for doubles players at every level. (81/2 X 11, 208 pages, b&w photos)

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 191 pages
  • Publisher: Byons & Bulford; 1st edition (April 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558213309
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558213302
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,858,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 26, 1997
Format: Paperback
This book was not very impressive. It contains a small section of text up front and then a bunch of FULL PAGE pictures for the rest of the book. Instead of using 1/4 page pictures (or, better yet, pencil drawings), he used full page pics. He calls the players on the court "Player A, B, C, and D", instead of "Server, Receiver, etc", which makes it hard to follow. Some of the advice is pretty lame. For example (I'm paraphrasing since the book is at home): [regarding service returns]: "Hitting low right over the net is a good return if the server is coming in. It is also a good return if they are staying back. [...] Hitting a power return is a good return if the server is coming in. It is also a good return if they are staying back." I purchased two books on doubles strategies at the same time and this one was by far the inferior.
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The text has enough meat in it that one can overlook the dismal pictures Perlstein used to illustrate his playbook section (only a few of the photos do not show a tennis court in half shadow). However, the instructions are clear as to what each player should do in the numerous examples presented. In other parts of the book, Perlstein covers basic tennis etiquette, rules of the game, the dynamics of playing with a partner as compared to the game of singles, and includes a very helpful chapter on troubleshooting common errors. This is a good book for a beginner/intermediate player because it covers the fundamentals of doubles in a straightforward way. I almost didn't buy it because of the poor photos; but decided to purchase it because I took a few minutes to read the text. I'm glad I did.
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