Tennis Books y'all Have and Read

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by 3fees, Dec 26, 2012.

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Do y'all buy and Read tennis books

  1. Yes

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  2. No

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  3. No, I dont Read I cypher.

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  1. 3fees

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    I'll Start:
    1. Tennis, Anyone, Dick Gould 6th Ed.
    2. The Education of a Tennis Player, Rod Laver and Bud Collins
    3. Rod Laver's Tennis Digest, Edited by Rod Laver and Bud Collins
    4. Stan Smith's Guide to Better Tennis
    5. Stan Smith's Six Tennis Basics
    6. Intelligent Tennis, Skip Singleton fwd by Ken Rosewall
    7. Vic Braden's Mental Tennis Vic Braden and Robert Wool
    8. Advanced Techniques for Competitive tennis , Richard Schonborn

    other pending purchase.
     
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  2. TomT

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    The Inner Game of Tennis by Timothy Gallwey
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SUdTxXkecr8
     
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    Winning Ugly by Brad Gilbert; The best tennis of your life by Jeff Greenwald
     
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  4. joe sch

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    There are many excellent choices offered on the TW book section at:

    http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/catpage-TENNISBOOKS.html

    Including board poster David Smiths "Tennis Mastery",
    Allen Fox has many great mental books like Winning the Mental Match and Think to Win Book, and a classic great like The Education of the Tennis Player from Rod Laver
     
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  5. librarysteg

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    A good fiction choice: Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace. A good chunk of the book is set at a tennis academy.
     
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  6. stringertom

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    Match Play & The Spin Of The Ball...Bill Tilden!

    Simply put, the Bible of tennis. Despite its age (80 years or so), Chapter 1 is all that one needs to read to master tactics relied upon by every champion throughout the history of our game.
     
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  7. Thud and blunder

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    I really liked Vince Ng's The Lure of the Big Game.
     
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  8. r2473

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    I agree with you Tom.

    I'd also add Pancho Segura: Championship Strategy; How to Play Winning Tennis
     
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  9. joe sch

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    I will also concur with both @stringertom and @r2473 that Tilden's and Segura's books are two that any usta tournament player looking to raise level should read for better match results and strategy. Those two great champions actually authored those great tennis books and based the writing on their successful match play. You dont find books like this for todays tour baseline blasting since they really apply to the classic all-court bygone game.
     
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  10. joe sch

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    Good to see that some of us still appreciate real bound books !
    They are even a great display in your office for any tennis player.
    And ofcourse having them there may just inspire you to crack one open for some court help ;)
    I have way too many classic tennis books that Im looking to offload to some in need of classic help ;)
     
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  11. joe sch

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    I will also mention what happened to coffee table books ? Nice large picture books for quick easy looking. Think they sorta dissapeared with the advent of laptops and tablets ?? Below is an example of a US Open coffee table book by Roger M Williams. Beautiful book including color photos on 192 pages.
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  12. Chas Tennis

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    I mostly like the biomechanics of tennis strokes.

    1) Biomechanics of Advanced Tennis, 2003, B. Elliott, M.Reid, M. Crespo, available Kindle and ITF Store.

    2) Technique Development for Tennis Stroke Production, 2009, B. Elliott, M.Reid, M. Crespo, available Kindle and ITF Store.

    3) The Art of Doubles, Pat Balskower, get latest edition as it changed, 2007?

    4) Biomechanical Principles of Tennis Strokes, D. Knudson.

    Autobiography of Roscoe Tanner, I found his story interesting as I remember watching Roscoe, the dominant server of the late 70s to early 80s.
     
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  13. S&V-not_dead_yet

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    The Art of War <Sun Tzu> [hey, it's tangentially related]
     
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  14. joe sch

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    As an aside to 10s books, I thought it maybe helpful to relook at the following:

    Aldous Huxley's Brave New World Revisited
    Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451: A Novel
    George Orwell's 1984
    Sinclair Lewis' It Can't Happen Here
    George Orwell's Animal Farm
     
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  15. Nadalgaenger

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    GOAT tennis book imo.
     
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  16. S&V-not_dead_yet

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    Going for the heavy dystopian hitters, I see.
     
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  17. JohnYandell

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    joe s:
    those guys knew something...
     
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  18. joe sch

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    Yes so dystopian parrallels can be recognized and hopefully changed for more utopian future. Some of the 1984 dystopia is now our history unfortunately.
     
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  19. Court Karma

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    The Art of Doubles, Pat Blaskower.
     
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