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Advanced Techniques for Competitive Tennis Paperback – May, 1999

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Meyer & Meyer Verlag (May 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3891245343
  • ISBN-13: 978-3891245347
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,293,683 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Very comprehensive book by a top world-class coach. At times, however, it appears the author attempted to do too much. For example, the title concerns advanced competitive tennis but also includes simple beginner children drills (should they be here?). Another example is trying to cover the anaerobic latic, anaerobic alactic and aerobic energy systems on one page. Perhaps it needs elaboration or not mentioning at all. The focus of the book should be on technique since that is the title. The nutritional section is quite weak considering other resources are available. Nutritional tips and facts are also scattered throughout the latter half in highlighted boxes which doesn't make sense since it appears disorganized. The best portions are the biomechanics -- stroking, movement, etc --, the general training principles, and drills. Schönborn has some excellent insights into the biomechanical techniques at the highest level and applies not only scientific knowledge but common sense. He challenges many traditional points of teaching with strong justification. The translation into English from German appears to be a bit crude. The text reads more like a paper a scientific sports journal (e.g., Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise or The Journal of Teaching in Physical Activity). There are some very nice diagrams and graphics and some not very nice ones. It reminds me of a more graphical, physically appealing version of Tennis Training (Castellani, D'Aprile, & Tamorri, only in Italian but the most comprehensive tennis science book ever written). Not as readable as the Science of Coaching Tennis (Groppel, Loehr, et al) or High Tech Tennis (Groppel) but more comprehensive. A nice resource for the serious player. Not recommended for beginners or someone not interested in science. A must for any serious coach.
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Awesome tool. High end tennis techinque and training from a humble master. Good stuff on tennis specific skill training and drills. Dated, but was 20 years ahead when published. Cheap effective tool.
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Advanced Techniques for Competitive Tennis has become one of, if not, the best resources I have known for developing players. I say has become because It has taken me almost two years of coaching children of all levels to understand how important this book really is. I recommend this book to any coach who wants to master the learning process for tennis players, from the beginner to the advanced level. This book is best used in tandem with practical coaching experience as well as other publications by the author, Meyer and Meyer, and the ITF. I think the title is a little bit misleading since this book solves just about all of the problems in modern tennis coaching from a developmental standpoint. The depth of this book's contents really shows how much of a developmental process coaching tennis and that, although theoretical and practical knowledge is important, the physical process of learning is just as important if not more important, especially for beginners.
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