Tennis Strokes and Tactics: Improve Your Game

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A tennis tune-up for players of all skill levels.

From the serve, ground strokes and volleys to the smashes, lobs and drop shots, this unique coaching manual illustrates each stroke from five angles: front, back, left, right and above. In this all-around skills guide, tennis pro John Littleford delivers expert guidance to identify accurate positioning of feet, body and the racquet — just like having a personal pro watching, correcting and ...

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Overview

A tennis tune-up for players of all skill levels.

From the serve, ground strokes and volleys to the smashes, lobs and drop shots, this unique coaching manual illustrates each stroke from five angles: front, back, left, right and above. In this all-around skills guide, tennis pro John Littleford delivers expert guidance to identify accurate positioning of feet, body and the racquet — just like having a personal pro watching, correcting and coaching every swing.

Tennis Strokes and Tactics features step-by-step analysis and multi-angle photography that illustrates how to:

  • Track the ball to the racquet head using hand-eye coordination
  • Maintain correct posture and good footwork
  • Establish correct and comfortable grips
  • Hit a forehand with great topspin
  • Master the secrets of the backhand — one-handed and two-handed
  • Control the ball with power on volleys
  • Serve with more speed, spin and deception
  • Return serve with more punch and accuracy
  • Use the lob and drop shot as devastating offensive weapons
  • Master an accurate and powerful overhead smash
  • Move across the court more fluidly for greater efficiency.

Tennis Strokes and Tactics also includes a comprehensive section on effective tactics and strategies for singles and doubles play. Using this innovative guide, tennis players of any level will improve their game.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554074655
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 781,451
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

John Littleford has over 20 years' experience coaching and playing tennis at the highest level, and he is Lawn Tennis Association and U.S. Professional Tennis Registry qualified. He is a cofounder of Modern Tennis International.

Andrew Magrath is the co-managing director of Modern Tennis International and has been a professional coach for over 15 years.

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Introduction
About this book

The strokes
First steps
Get a grip
Forehand topspin
Two-handed topspin backhand
One-handed topspin backhand
One-handed slice backhand
One-handed backhand drop shot
Sidespin slice serve
Topslice/topspin serve
Slice forehand
Forehand drop shot
High forehand volley
Forehand drop volley
Low forehand volley
Forehand half volley
Medium backhand volley
Backhand drop volley
Low backhand volley
Backhand half volley
Returns of serve
Forehand topspin lob
Backhand topspin lob
Forehand smash
Backhand smash

Forehand drive volley
One-handed backhand drive volley
Two-handed backhand drive volley

Learning the ropes
Getting started
Scoring
Serving and rallying rules
Court etiquette

Tactics
Tactical serving
Tactical returning
Tactical first strikes
Cross court and down the line
Rallying tactics
20 steps to the right mindset
Doubles tactics and formations
The returning player

Glossary
Index
Credits

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Preface

Introduction

Tennis is a fabulous game that seems to bring the best out of people, whatever their background or wherever they come from.

The first time, as toddlers, that our parents threw us a tennis ball, our passion for the sport was born, and watching Wimbledon on television from an early age further fueled our enthusiasm. Witnessing McEnroe's epic encounters with Bjorg, and later the athletic antics of Boris Becker, made many tennis kids dive across the court to reach a volley at no thought of injury to themselves, even those who played on tarmac.

Teaching is in our blood, since we both have parents who taught, and we count ourselves very fortunate to be able to teach others this wonderful sport that we both love. It gives us a real buzz to see the satisfied faces of people enjoying the skills we have imparted. That is why we are so passionate about the simple system we have described in the book. If you follow it thoroughly you will literally be playing tennis in minutes, and the tennis world will be yours.

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