Prime Tennis: Triumph of the Mental Game

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The breakthrough guide for winning the mental game of tennis from one of the world's leading sport psychologists.

As one of America's premier tennis psychologists, Dr. Jim Taylor knows what it takes to play winning tennis. The lessons Dr. Taylor has learned from working with some of the world's best players, coaches, and juniors will change the way you play tennis.

Prime Tennis introduces you to the essential mental factors that impact tennis, ...

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Overview

The breakthrough guide for winning the mental game of tennis from one of the world's leading sport psychologists.

As one of America's premier tennis psychologists, Dr. Jim Taylor knows what it takes to play winning tennis. The lessons Dr. Taylor has learned from working with some of the world's best players, coaches, and juniors will change the way you play tennis.

Prime Tennis introduces you to the essential mental factors that impact tennis, including motivation, confidence, intensity, focus, and emotions. You will learn simple and practical techniques you can use to be your own best ally on court, stay cool when the pressure is on, and play your best tennis consistently.

You will learn about the secrets that make the top pros great and how you can incorporate those secrets into your own game. Prime Tennis will teach you how to take your tennis to a new level. Ultimately, Prime Tennis will show you how to experience the Triumph of the Mental Game!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595099054
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/2000
  • Pages: 212
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

Jim Taylor

Jim Taylor, PhD, is a psychologist recognized for his work in the psychological aspects of performance in sport and the performing arts. He has implemented a psychological services program for the Miami City Ballet, lectured at the Hartford Ballet Company, and served as a consultant and member of the faculty at the DanceAspen Summer School. A former associate professor at Nova University in Ft. Lauderdale, Dr.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix
Section I Introduction 1
Section II Prime Tennis Assessment 17
Chapter 1 Prime Tennis Profiling 19
Chapter 2 Playing Styles 27
Section III Prime Tennis Pyramid 35
Chapter 3 Motivation 37
Chapter 4 Confidence 49
Chapter 5 Intensity 69
Chapter 6 Focus 89
Chapter 7 Emotions 101
Section IV Prime Tennis Skills 113
Chapter 8 Prime Tennis Training 115
Chapter 9 Prime Tennis Routines 123
Chapter 10 Prime Tennis Imagery 135
Chapter 11 Prime Match 155
Chapter 12 Playing in Prime Time: Lessons from the Pros 161
Section V Prime Tennis Plan 175
Chapter 13 Prime Tennis Goal Setting 177
Chapter 14 Prime Tennis Program 185
Postscript 193
About the Author 195
References 197
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2000

    A very important tennis book

    I've been coaching tennis for 18 years. I've been playing competitively for 30 years. I've been a High School English teacher for 7 years. In 'Prime Tennis', Dr. Jim Taylor offers fresh ways of looking at the many problems I help kids try to overcome. As a player and coach, I have heard and attempted to teach the concepts of motivation, confidence, intensity, and focus without any tangible grasp of how to get the message to the student. I think we hope that the player just sort of understands. In 'Prime Tennis', these big ideas are analyzed and then formatted to offer coaches and players a means of achieving what Dr. Taylor calls 'Prime Tennis'. This 'Prime Tennis' is control and understanding of the mental side of tennis as a means of becoming a better player. Both parts of the process are valuable. In analyzing these big ideas, Dr. Taylor offers meaningful definitions and examples of how these factors effect our tennis abilities. Dr. Taylor goes on to put these big ideas into a format which he offers as a plan for players to improve. Finally, he gives the reader help in utilizing this understanding of the mental game using visualization, training, and match type situations. This last section is especially valuable as we try to bring the big ideas of focus, intensity, motivations, and confidence to the players. Instead of talking at the player about how these ideas play a role in success, we are now prepared to work with kids in understanding these ideas as a means of helping them succeed. 'Prime Tennis' is written with tennis as it's focus. However, as with most high quality instruction books, the process is relevant to career, parenting, relationships, other sports, and teaching. The author offers quotes from some expected sources and some surprises that help the reader to get the point. 'Prime Tennis' is a well written, worthwhile book for educators, coaches and players.

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