mental tennis by vic bradens

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  1. serve stopper

    serve stopper Rookie

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    i was at a book store and recently got it to see his ideas on mental tennis. Has anyone else read this book, any comments :)
     
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  2. forehandshanker

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    Lots of good points in Braden's Mental Tennis especially on the psychological parts of the game. A very valuable piece of advice is to focus on hitting the best strokes you can. If you lose while hitting your best strokes, then the opponent was just too good and that's OK.

    As far as stroke technique, Braden is fairly old school. So his advice should be taken with a grain of salt. He's absolutely right that open stance strokes absolutely require a full shoulder and hip turn for power (and too many club-level players are too lazy to do this). He doesn't like a wristy forehand. Taken the wrong way, you might not ever develop a WW forehand. I take it to mean don't snap your wrist, but pronating your forearm is OK.
     
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  3. ho

    ho Semi-Pro

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    if you lose while you hit your best strokes, it means your best stroke is not as good as opponent stroke.
    See what your opponent stroke mechanic is Mr Vic. does it sound like you teach people for years and years? and you called yourseft the GREATEST TENNIS COACH OF ALL TIME?
     
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  4. fuzz nation

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    I've only read a few tennis books, but Mental Tennis has been hands down the best one for me so far - it's also the only tennis book I've read more than once! It gave me exceptional guidance concerning the nuts and bolts of our tennis brains, so it not only helped me as a player, but also has proven invaluable for my coaching at the high school level.

    I've recommended it to friends (who have also enjoyed it) and I'm looking forward to picking up one or two of Braden's other books in the near future. His style is smart, but he's also the closest thing we have to a tennis comedian, so many of his stories are a lot of fun.

    Enjoy!
     
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  5. forehandshanker

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    Whatever ... No need to troll.

    Vic's point is whether we're growing not whether we win or lose. I could begin pushing all the time but I'll never get better. My problem is I always can think of ways I can be hitting the ball better (or moving better) whether or not I win or lose. LOL!
     
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