Tennis Skills: The Player's Guide

by Tom Sadzeck

Firefly Books | January 1, 2009 | Trade Paperback

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Like having a personal tennis pro on call for expert coaching.

Tennis Skills is an in-depth guide to improving a player''s game. It features a battery of lessons designed by tennis pros that lays down a solid foundation of stroke skills and game strategy. Clear instructions and annotated diagrams provide valuable coaching and corrective techniques -- most valuable for any player.

Tom Sadzeck provides an abundance of visual features to help players of all levels improve their game. Six chapters cover the game''s key skill sets, from basic techniques to singles and doubles strategies. There are more than 40 drills that focus on target areas of form, strategy, coordination and footwork. Other specific instructions include:

  • Stroke-production exercises
  • Forehand, backhand, serve, volley, slice and other shots
  • A breakdown of each stroke to promote consistent form
  • Warm-up, grips, body position, footwork, targeting, follow-through
  • Court diagrams to help players visualize a stroke''s outcome
  • How to handle game pressure.


The book also features easy-to-follow sequential photographs, Master Stroke sidebars that give easy-to remember tips, Fault Finder boxes that point out common mistakes and Coach''s comments that share the wisdom of seasoned pros.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 128 Pages, 7.48 × 9.45 × 0.39 in

Published: January 1, 2009

Publisher: Firefly Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1552094944

ISBN - 13: 9781552094945

Found in: Racquet Sports, Tennis

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Tennis Skills: The Player's Guide

Tennis Skills: The Player's Guide

by Tom Sadzeck

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 128 Pages, 7.48 × 9.45 × 0.39 in

Published: January 1, 2009

Publisher: Firefly Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1552094944

ISBN - 13: 9781552094945

About the Book

A fully illustrated, back-to-basics guide to improving your tennis game, the book is fully illustrated with sequential pictures, court diagrams, tips, typical faults, and coaching ideas to build strong foundation skills and great players.

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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 co
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Table of Contents

  • Introduction

  • Tennis Talk
  • The Basics
  • Equipment
  • Grips

  1. Stroke Production Skills
  2. Target Drills
  3. Cooperation Drills
  4. Strategy and Situation Drills
  5. Pressure Drills
  6. Footwork

Index

From the Publisher

Like having a personal tennis pro on call for expert coaching.

Tennis Skills is an in-depth guide to improving a player''s game. It features a battery of lessons designed by tennis pros that lays down a solid foundation of stroke skills and game strategy. Clear instructions and annotated diagrams provide valuable coaching and corrective techniques -- most valuable for any player.

Tom Sadzeck provides an abundance of visual features to help players of all levels improve their game. Six chapters cover the game''s key skill sets, from basic techniques to singles and doubles strategies. There are more than 40 drills that focus on target areas of form, strategy, coordination and footwork. Other specific instructions include:

  • Stroke-production exercises
  • Forehand, backhand, serve, volley, slice and other shots
  • A breakdown of each stroke to promote consistent form
  • Warm-up, grips, body position, footwork, targeting, follow-through
  • Court diagrams to help players visualize a stroke''s outcome
  • How to handle game pressure.


The book also features easy-to-follow sequential photographs, Master Stroke sidebars that give easy-to remember tips, Fault Finder boxes that point out common mistakes and Coach''s comments that share the wisdom of seasoned pros.

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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