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About the Author

Tom Sadzeck has been coaching tennis for years and has been a member of the United States Professional Tennis Association since 1992. He holds a Professional 1 rating and has lectured at USTA coaching conferences. He is featured in ADDvantage magazine's "Little Tennis" column and Coach Tennis America audio magazine. He lives in San Rafael, California.

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Introduction

Most tennis enthusiasts will probably agree that few things come close to the pure satisfaction of hitting a tennis ball with power and control. Most of you reading this book have probably felt this satisfaction at some point in your tennis-playing experience and are now seeking advice on how to harness this magical feeling. Unfortunately you can't wave a magic wand or sprinkle any magic dust. It takes time, patience, and persistence to advance your game to the next level.

Most students have better success at developing their game when they begin to understand tennis concepts. A bigger picture needs to be painted in the mind's eye before a good understanding can occur. This big picture is created by the ability to see what it is you need to do with your game, how to do it, and how you can analyze it. You must take on the responsibility of becoming your own coach. Even if you take private lessons from a professional instructor you will still need to take the information he or she has given you and be able to translate it in your own way and on your own timetable.

You need to establish your own personal tennis program. This should include a good balance of conditioning, match play, rest, and practice. But not just practice: it has to be proper practice, which involves:

  • development of fundamental stroke technique strategy
  • isolation of common situations and patterns
  • footwork drills
  • understanding opponents' strengths and weaknesses
  • mental training under pressure conditions
  • maintaining stimulation through hours of repetition during these practice activities.
This may sound like a big mountain to climb, but with proper guidance and an optimistic outlook, you should be able to achieve a higher level of play.

This book is set up with this balance in mind. The first chapter provides basic instructional information on how to correctly hit a variety of shots. Whether you're just beginning to play the game or are an advanced player, you'll find the explanations simple and to the point. The photographs of professional players make it look easy as they demonstrate proper stroke technique.

The remainder of the book corresponds with the first chapter by allowing you to practice your stroke technique under various conditions. These conditions allow you to practice important aspects of your game such as consistency, accuracy, movement, timing, patterns, strategy, and pressure.

Throughout the book we'll talk a lot about the comparisons between the way the game is played at the professional level and the way it is played at the recreational level. A clear distinction should be understood from the outset. There are two important issues to point out. First of all, we need to watch what professionals are doing so that we can try to advance our level of play by copying their actions. I believe that the best way to learn is to watch or visualize a correct motion, and then try to imitate by repetition.

The second important issue is that professionals have been training for years against other top professionals. Recreational players have more limitations to their time, and athletic ability. We need to keep this in perspective whenever we try to imitate Pete Sampras and his 120-m.p.h. (193 k.p.h.) serve. Recreational-level tennis is not quite the same, as we'll see throughout the book.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Firefly Books; Reprint edition (January 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1552094944
  • ISBN-13: 978-1552094945
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.5 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #241,474 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is a great aid in helping your tennis level go up fast. I browsed through 10 tennis books before finding this one and believe me, this was by far the most helpful one for me!! This book is based on visual learning. All of the techniques, drills and excercises are photographed, lending you an easy visual reference for the do's and dont's of the game. The book is divided in six chapters covering the different skills needed to improve all the aspects of your game. From the basic techniques (forehand, backhand, serving, volleys, slices, etc.) to singles' and doubles' drills to work on your footwork, targeting, strategy and pressure-handling. It is a GREAT book for begginers and recreational players. More seasoned players can still get several good tips and strategies to improve their game by going back-to-the-basics. I fully recommend this book. If you are thinking about buying a book to help you improve your tennis skills and take you to the next level, this is it!! You will thank Tom Sadzeck for helping you improve your gameplay.
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My coach said "nice backhand slice". I said I got it from a book. I learned a sweet and powerful one-handed backhand from this book, also, and today a tennis friend asked where I learned that stroke since I have hit two-handed for years. This book is modern and it's easy to take what you read to the court to practice.
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What make this book great are the excellent illustrations. You learn the basics of winning along with the tactical illustrations. As a seasoned player, of lot of the lessons, I already knew from watching Youtube and other books, but I can use it to teach my grand children.
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This book is great! Especially for beginners, and those who wan to check their form. The book has a lot of information , from the different type of strokes and how to perform properly, to terminology used in tennis. Also for those who are barely starting tennis just like me, it also contains drills for solo training against the wall to improve stokes consistency and accuracy.
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Easy to understand and follow. Great reference for a beginner/intermediate player. The illustrations are very good.. I would recommended this book to anyone interested in perfecting their game.
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By A Customer on September 26, 2003
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What An Awsome book! Specialized for beginners to intermediates, or for anyone wanting work on different stroke techniques. Awsome tennis book
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I liked the pictures and the drills , they brought tennis into living color. Do you have at least twenty or more copies for my classes.?
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By Rachel on July 22, 2013
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Great book for learning Tennis! I'd suggest this book to anyone wanting to learn the game and or improve there game.
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