How does your opponent put that tricky spin on the ball? Why are some serves easier to return than others? The mysteries behind the winning strokes, equipment, and surfaces of the game of tennis are accessibly explained by Howard Brody through the laws of physics. And he gives practical pointers to ways players can use this understanding to advantage in the game.
Through extensive laboratory testing and computer modeling, Brody has investigated the physics behind the shape of the tennis racket, the string pattern, the bounce of the tennis ball, the ways a particular court surface can determine the speed of the game, and the many other physical factors involved in tennis.
|Publisher:||University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.45(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Howard Brody is Professor of Physics at the University of Pennsylvania and science adviser to the United States Professional Tennis Registry.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is an extremely scientific exploration of the physics of tennis. It dispels some of the myths that still persist today, but it's a bit dated now for two reasons. First, having been written in 1987, the rackets used in the examples are now obsolete. Second, the technology used to model ball trajectories and string tension have surely advanced since then. The entire chapters on position and spin could be re-worked using empirical evidence from the Hawkeye and other tracking systems used today. Overall, I still found it interesting and the bullet point conclusions in each chapter are worth any player's attention.