The Inner Game of Tennis
- This book introduces a revolutionary program for overcoming the
self-doubt, nervousness, and lapses of concentration that will keep a player
from playing upto his/her abilities. Learn to play like a ZEN master and stay in
your ZONE ! ; W. Timothy Gallwey;
Winning Ugly : Mental Warfare in Tennis-Lessons
from a Master- Nothing ugly about this book. A direct pipeline into the mind of a
tennis champ.How (and why) to prepare for a match, how to assess and exploit
your opponent's weaknesses, how to learn from your opponents, even what you
should pack in your tennis bag, it's all here; by Brad Gilbert, Steve Jamison;
Smart Tennis: How to Play and Win the Mental
Game- I reviewed an advanced copy. I assure you that Smart Tennis is the
finest work on the mental aspects of the game that I have read ... and I have
read most of them! John Murray's book will go a long way toward helping you
discover the right way to prepare for and deal with the mental challenges
presented by competitive tennis.
Ron Waite, USPTR Professional & Tennis Columnist ;
by John F Murray, Ph.D.;
Bud Collins' Tennis Encyclopedia (3rd Ed)
- Considered the "bible" of the tennis world; Bud Collins' Tennis Encyclopedia
provides thorough statistics and presents a history of the
sport, from its country club beginnings in 1876 to the billion-dollar industry it is today.
The latest edition includes biographies of the best
players, rules of the game, Hall of Fame facts, world rankings since 1991, and 230 photos
Nick Bollettieri's Mental Efficiency Program for
Playing Great Tennis-Arguably the best tennis coach in the world today, Bollettieri is known
for finding and developing great young players at his renowned tennis
academy. Now, for the first time, his teachings on mental fitness in tennis
are available outisde of the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy to players
who want the inside edge on their own home courts. ; Nick Bollettieri, et al;
Graf Tennis Champ (Sports Stars) - A biography of the West German tennis
player who won her first Grand Slam tournament at seventeen and beat Martina
Navratilova to win her first Wimbledon tournament in 1989.
Mind Makes A Better Player - Author and 35 year USPTA teaching pro Hugh Waters
takes an ordinary club tennis player, John, from where his game is when he arrives
for his first lesson and teaches him the skills necessary to become a better player.
John in fifteen lessons workes his way up the club
tennis ladder. During the process he defeats club players such as Easy Harry, Equal Pete,
Practice Jerry, Steady Freddy, Volley Charlie and even the club champion, Club Champ Sam.
This is perhaps the only tennis instruction book written, presented in a 15 lesson format,
that takes an actual student
through the mental and physical steps necessary to become a better tennis player.
Open : Game, Set, Unmatched - The U.S. Open is a stirring account of the
growth of the U.S. National Championships. Here are the players fans
excitement--and the despair--of the sport's premier event.
Achieving Baseline Consistency in Tennis - Achieving Baseline Consistency in Tennis
by Craig White
This book was created for the legions of tennis players who suffer the frustration of groundstroke inconsistency and want to maximize control of their forehands and backhands. A serious effort to help players achieve baseline consistency, quickly and efficiently, using new and effective concepts and methods is initiated. The development of an innovative "mind set" connecting the crucial elements underlying baseline consistency is the main focus of the book.
$19.95 plus postage and handling - call 877-922-8448 to order
Coaching Tennis Books
Parent's Guide to Coaching Tennis - this revised edition also includes
illustrations that show correct stance and strokes, step-by-step instructions on
how to coach a child, technique building drills and exercises, and a glossary of
The Physics and Technology of Tennis
This is an excellent book that dismisses many myths regarding tennis equipment. The three coauthors include two physicists and one tennis pro. They are all avid tennis players. They also have incredibly investigative minds. The book consists of about 40 different articles covering many different technical subjects regarding stroke mechanics, ball bounce, racquets, and strings. All these articles represent serious investigation and research from a physicist standpoint. These articles stand on their own independently. As a result, you do not need to read them in sequential order. You also don't need to read them all to extract the information you care about. For my part, I skipped some of the articles on the physics of ball bounce, but was very interested on all the articles regarding strings and racquets properties. Depending on your own personal interest, you may read or focus on different sets of articles. Given the rather dry subject, the writing style of the authors make the information easy to digest.
Contrary to what players believe, racquets have very similar power. Strings, regardless of tension and type have also very similar power. But, different strings can feel very different based on their respective stiffness. Gut and high quality nylon strings feel soft because they are relatively flexible. Kevlar does not feel so good, because they are the stiffest strings.
According to the authors, the pros don't use any of the high-tech latest models, including oversize, and widebody frames. They use older models customized with lead tape to add swingweight. Oversize racquets are not maneuverable enough at their playing speed.
Biomechanical Principles of Tennis Technique: Using Science to Improve Your Strokes
This book is a mix of "general introduction to biomechanics applied to tennis" and "practical tennis stoke technique". It begins by describing some common mechanical principles that apply to all strokes, such as balance and inertia, and explains how these forces work and how they're produced. Then there's a chapter on injury prevention -- how various injuries are caused and how to avoid them. Finally, there are chapters breaking down in detail the biomechanics of the serve, forehand, backhand and volley. Throughout, the author summarizes existing academic research and cites the relevant studies, with charts and photos.
Tennis Science for Tennis Players
This is a very readable book which will appeal to tennis aficionados who want to understand the "why's" of tennis. It is not really a "how to do it" sort of book.
Sections in the book explain the physics of tennis strings and the tennis racket frame itself, as well as the physics of tennis strokes (e.g., why certain types of shots are more likely to go out or into the net).