Playing Tennis After 50

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Whether you are just starting out, have been competing for decades, or are returning to the game after an extended break, Playing Tennis After 50 will improve your play and enhance your experience on and off the court.

With tactics and techniques ranging from basic to advanced, you'll learn to adapt court positioning and tweak shot selection for stellar singles, doubles, and mixed doubles play. Special features such as how-to-practice games and...

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Overview

Whether you are just starting out, have been competing for decades, or are returning to the game after an extended break, Playing Tennis After 50 will improve your play and enhance your experience on and off the court.

With tactics and techniques ranging from basic to advanced, you'll learn to adapt court positioning and tweak shot selection for stellar singles, doubles, and mixed doubles play. Special features such as how-to-practice games and Stroke Doctor tips will correct common errors and improve skills while you play the game.

Off the court, Playing Tennis After 50 will help you avoid aches and injury with stretching and strengthening exercises. Then double your pleasure with expert information on the latest equipment, tips on finding the right club and playing partner, and ways to make tennis a lifelong activity!

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What People Are Saying

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"This book is a must-read for those 50 and over! The same instruction that helped us win Grand Slams, reach and maintain worldwide No. 1 rankings, and win the Davis Cup championship is yours in Playing Tennis After 50. For those players who come together for camaraderie or competitiveness, this is sure to be a smash hit."

Bob and Mike Bryan
No. 1 Team in the World in 2003, 2005, 2006, and 2007
Five-Time ITF Doubles World Champions

"Ron and Kathy Woods have created a helpful resource for new, returning, and continuing tennis players alike. With coverage of skills, technique, and social and mental aspects of play, Playing Tennis After 50 is a practical guide to aging actively."

Jenifer Milner, Editor in Chief, Journal on Active Aging

"Playing Tennis After 50 shows not only why someone over 50 should play the game but also how to play and enjoy it with a different set of skills and awareness of weaknesses."

Stan Smith
1972 World No. 1 Player of the Year
Rated by Tennis magazine as one of the 40 greatest players
One of the best doubles players of all time

"Tennis is the perfect sport to help keep you young and fit after 50. In Playing Tennis After 50, Kathy and Ron share their experiences and knowledge to make tennis a rewarding and healthy activity."

Pam Shriver
1988 Olympic Women's Doubles Gold Medalist
Broadcaster for USA Network

Bob Bryan
"This book is a must-read for those 50 and over! The same instruction that helped us win Grand Slams, reach and maintain worldwide No. 1 rankings, and win the Davis Cup championship is yours in Playing Tennis After 50. For those players who come together for camaraderie or competitiveness, this is sure to be a smash hit."--(Bob and Mike Bryan, No. 1 Team in the World in 2003, 2005, 2006, and 2007, Five-Time ITF Doubles World Champions)
Jenifer Milner
"Ron and Kathy Woods have created a helpful resource for new, returning, and continuing tennis players alike. With coverage of skills, technique, and social and mental aspects of play, Playing Tennis After 50 is a practical guide to aging actively."--(Jenifer Milner, Editor in Chief, Journal on Active Aging)
Stan Smith
"Playing Tennis After 50 shows not only why someone over 50 should play the game but also how to play and enjoy it with a different set of skills and awareness of weaknesses."--(Stan Smith, 1972 World No. 1 Player of the Year, Rated by Tennis magazine as one of the 40 greatest players, One of the best doubles players of all time)
Pam Shriver
"Tennis is the perfect sport to help keep you young and fit after 50. In Playing Tennis After 50, Kathy and Ron share their experiences and knowledge to make tennis a rewarding and healthy activity."--(Pam Shriver, 1988 Olympic Women's Doubles Gold Medalist, Broadcaster for USA Network)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736072441
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/30/2008
  • Pages: 232
  • Sales rank: 983,948
  • Product dimensions: 9.94 (w) x 10.92 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathy Woods served as president of the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) from 1994 to 1996, the first and only female to serve the association in that capacity. Founded in 1927, the USPTA is the world's oldest and largest nonprofit trade and certifying association for tennis teaching professionals. Currently, she is the director of tennis at the highly regarded Racquet Club of St. Petersburg. A certified teaching professional for almost 30 years, Woods has directed tennis programs in Princeton, New Jersey; Key Biscayne, Florida; and Westport, Connecticut. She has been a featured speaker for the International Tennis Federation at the Worldwide Coaches Workshop, the Japanese Professional Tennis Association, the USTA National Tennis Teachers Conference, and many regional workshops and conferences. In 1996, she was honored with the prestigious Educational Merit Award by the International Tennis Hall of Fame for outstanding service in tennis at the national level. As a competitive player, she earned a coveted Gold Ball by winning the USTA National 30s Doubles championships and has been ranked first in the nation by the USPTA in both singles and doubles. Woods played varsity tennis and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania.

Ron Woods, PhD is a performance coach for the Human Performance Institute in Orlando, Florida, and an adjunct professor of sport science at the University of South Florida and the University of Tampa. He spent 20 years with the United States Tennis Association, serving as director of the community tennis programs with a major focus on the USA Tennis Plan for Growth, a massive project to increase tennis participation in the United States. He also initiated the USTA Welcome Back to Tennis campaign for players over age 50. For the 10 years prior to that, Ron was the USTA's director of player development, a program that develops top junior players into touring professional players. Earlier in his career, Woods was professor of physical education and men's tennis coach at West Chester University for 17 years. During his time at West Chester, he also served as dean of the School of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Athletics. He has been inducted into West Chester University's Athletic Hall of Fame. A graduate of East Stroudsburg University and an inductee into their Athletic Hall of Fame, Woods received his PhD from Temple University with an emphasis in sport psychology and motor learning. The International Tennis Hall of Fame awarded Ron the Educational Merit Award in 1997. He was also honored by the USPTA as National Coach of the Year in 1982 and named a master professional in 1984. His accomplishments include eight years on the coaching committee of the United States Olympic Committee and the Coaches' Commission of the International Tennis Association. Woods authored Social Issues in Sport and has written and edited numerous USTA publications, including Coaching Youth Tennis, Tennis Tactics, and Coaching Tennis Successfully, all published by Human Kinetics.

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Table of Contents

Part I Take It to the Court
Chapter 1. The Game Past 50
Chapter 2. Tennis Is a Physical Game
Chapter 3. Learning to Love Competition

Part II Tuning In to Doubles
Chapter 4. Fundamental Doubles Strategy and Tactics
Chapter 5. Advanced Doubles Strategy and Tactics
Chapter 6. Technique Skills for Doubles
Chapter 7. Mixed Doubles (Avoiding Troubles)

Part III Staying Single
Chapter 8. Singles Strategy and Tactics
Chapter 9. Technique Skills for Singles

Part IV Beyond the Court
Chapter 10. No More Wooden Rackets
Chapter 11. Body Talk
Chapter 12. The Tennis Lifestyle

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  • Posted October 4, 2009

    Excellent advice for those who want to stay in the game

    The Woods' book provides well-focused advice aimed at getting your mind, body and skills in better shape for tennis. I am pushing 70 (just a half year away), and found the authors advice easy to understand, cogent and doable. Given my age, I know that I can't be be the excellent player I never was at 50. But, having read the book and worked on applying what I learned, I am noticing improvement and enjoying both the effort and its results. A really good tennis book. Buy it. Read it cover to cover. Keep it handy for reference. AKR.

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  • Posted October 21, 2008

    This book creates growth opportunities for every level of tennis play. I have been playing for 20 years, but the writers introduced me to tactics and strategy to take me the next 20 years and keep me interested and challenged when I play.

    Tennis is an engaging game at many levels. This book peels back the levels, like peeling back the leaves of an artichoke, taking you as deeply into the nuances as you want to go.<BR/><BR/>New players, as well as those who have been playing for some time, can approach the game with a simple-minded, just-step-on-the-court-and-hit mentality. But the writers address the issue of physical preparation, which is very important to us over-50 types, as well as mental preparation. From there, the book moves you along from level to level, each time presenting nuggets of information that add to the enjoyment of the game.<BR/><BR/>You can read the book chapter by chapter or jump forward to a chapter in which you are particularly interested. The book does read easily, with a nice balance between not much jargon, but not talking down to the reader. It is a smart book. I keep it in my tennis bag!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2008

    Playing tennis after 50 and loving it!

    This is a must read book for seniors who are beginners and also a refresher book for more advanced senior players. It is tennis 101 with illustrations on strategy and techniques for singles and doubles play Emphasizing that tennis can be a fun lifetime sport no matter what the age! It is a very encouraging read for those of us who are seniors, love the game and know the benefits.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2008

    Playing Tennis After 50 covers fundamentals and well-beyond

    Having come to tennis seriously in my mid-40¿s I can report that one is never too old to learn (or re-learn) the fundamentals of the game and to continuously improve after seemingly reaching a skill plateau. The Woods¿ book covers all that territory with solid tennis instruction in a well-organized and entertaining format, but also much more. Want to pick up some fitness tips to help your game? It¿s there. Want cited research on the health benefits of the game? It¿s there. How about something as fundamental as choosing the place to play that will satisfy your needs? It¿s there, too. The book is almost as good as being on the court with Kathy and Ron, and I have been with both ¿ lessons from Kathy, and gaining tips from Ron as my doubles partner for two years. And owning the book has the added benefit that I don¿t have to buy a pitcher of beer after reading a chapter.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2008

    Great Book!

    Having played tennis for most of my life, having been a monthly contributor to World Tennis and Tennis magazines for over a decade, and having coached some of the finest players in the world, this is a great book. If you are serious about getting better and you¿re 50 or over, this publication will prove invaluable on many different levels. The book is unusually through, well-written and filled with important insights that will protect aging players from injury as they age and help them compete at the highest possible level for as long as possible. I particularly liked the chapters devoted to doubles. Kathy and Ron have done an excellent job distilling the functional dynamics of successful doubles. The book is also entirely consistent with the latest technology in sport science. Regardless of your level, if you want to get better and avoid injury as you age, this book has it all.

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