Let the game’s most brilliant players and coaches teach you World-Class Tennis Technique! You’ll find the most up-to-date information, based on solid scientific principles and presented in a practical, easy-to-understand manner. No other book on the market offers the level of world-class instruction and expertise found here.
World-Class Tennis Technique is written by some of the world’s top experts in biomechanics, tennis technique, and coaching, including
• Patrick McEnroe
• Jim Loehr
• Mary Joe Fernandez
• Stan Smith
• Tom Gullikson
• Pam Shriver
• Former world-class players
• National coaches
• Past or current Davis Cup Captains
Together these venerable tennis pros present a detailed, comprehensive look at the optimal biomechanics and technique for playing tennis. Each chapter features an expert with a scientific or technical background matched up with one of the top internationally known coaches. They explain the modern game and share their research, knowledge, and experience. Their explanations are succinct and to the point, making the best techniques easy to learn.
You’ll learn to improve your technique in every aspect of the game, including
• perfecting your strokes,
• improving your footwork and positioning,
• training the appropriate muscle groups,
• choosing the right racquet and equipment for your style of play,
• adjusting to different court surfaces,
• maintaining proper technique under pressure, and
• analyzing your own game.
You’ll find an in-depth analysis of the proper fundamentals of each stroke—forehand, backhand, volley, overhead, serve, return, and specialty shots—presented with an incredible selection of full-color sequence photos.
Learn the science behind the strokes to hit the ball with greater force, accuracy, and consistency. Then master and fine-tune your execution to excel in competition. With World-Class Tennis Technique, you’ll soon play better than ever.
Part I Scientific Foundation
Chapter 1 Finding the Best Learning Style
Ron Woods and Mary Joe Fernandez
Chapter 2 Revolutionary Rackets
Howard Brody and Stan Smith
Chapter 3 Adjusting to Different Surfaces
Andrew Coe and David Miley
Chapter 4 Training Stronger and Faster Muscles
Todd Ellenbecker and Craig Tiley
Chapter 5 Improving Footwork and Positioning
Donald Chu and Lynne Rolley
Chapter 6 Mastering the Kinetic Chain
Ben Kibler and Dennis van der Meer
Chapter 7 The Interplay of Tactics and Technique
Patrick McEnroe and Richard Herbst
Chapter 8 Maintaining Technique Under Pressure
Jim Loehr and Tom Gullikson
Part II Perfecting Your Strokes
Chapter 9 Forehands
Miguel Crespo and Jose Higueras
Chapter 10 Backhands
Vic Braden and Jack Kramer
Chapter 11 Volleys and Overheads
Frank van Fraayenhoven and Michiel Schapers
Chapter 12 Serves and Returns
Bruce Elliott and Nick Saviano
Chapter 13 Specialty Shots
Paul Dent and Patrice Hagelauer
Chapter 14 Self-Analysis
Duane Knudson and Pam Shriver
Paul Roetert, Ph.D., is the Managing Director of the United States Tennis Association's Player Development Program. In addition, he serves as Tournament Director of the U.S. Open Junior Tennis Championships. Before re-joining the USTA in November, 2001, Roetert spent two years as the Executive Director of the American Sport Education Program. Prior to that position he spent eleven years as the Administrator of Sport Science for the USTA where he developed the sport science program. He also served as Vice Chairman of the sport science committee.
Roetert has published extensively in the field of tennis, including two books, 16 book chapters and well over 100 articles. He is a Fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), a Master Professional with the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) and an Honorary Member of the Professional Registry (PTR). In 1998 he received the PTR's Plagenhoef Award for sport science; in 1999 the Editorial Excellence Award from the National Strength and Conditioning Association for his work on the Journal of Strength and Conditioning and Research; and in 2000 the Outstanding Alumni award from the University of Connecticut. He is also the 2002 Educational Merit Award recipient from the International Tennis Hall of Fame for outstanding service to the game of tennis.
Roetert holds a Ph.D. in biomechanics from the University of Connecticut. Originally from the Netherlands, he and his wife Barbara reside in Miami, Florida.
Jack Groppel is a cofounder and partner in the highly regarded LGE Performance Systems, Inc., which helps athletes train both mentally and physically to perform at the highest levels of sport. Groppel is an instruction editor for Tennis magazine and is in his 13th year as chairman of the sports science committee at the USTA.
Like Roetert, Groppel is a Fellow in the ACSM. He is also a USPTA Master Professional and one of only eight Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) International Master Professionals worldwide. In 1987 the USPTA named him National Pro of the Year. Groppel has also been named to the Midwest USPTA Hall of Fame and has received the International Tennis Hall of Fame Educational Merit Award. He has traveled to more than 45 countries training tennis coaches to teach the game more effectively.
Groppel holds a PhD in exercise physiology from Florida State University. He and his wife Jodie live in Algonquin, Illinois.