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  • Paperback: 164 pages
  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press (1 Mar. 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081221238X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812212389
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,183,349 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Get right to the good stuff: how to use the laws of nature to win points and enjoy the game more. You'll find some interesting things here."-Tennis

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Howard Brody is Professor of Physics at the University of Pennsylvania and science adviser to the United States Professional Tennis Registry.

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There is a famous advertisement in many tennis magazines that points out that the ball never touches that very expensive, high-tech tennis racket. Read the first page
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Jun. 1998
Format: Paperback
I did not read the entire book, but quickly reviewed it upon receiving it so please consider that my review is based on a quick glance. I anticipated the book would center on the lighter side of science and be aimed at helping the weekend tennis player make better on court decisions. It apperared to focus on tennis equipment with less information on science based strategy...although it did have some useful insights into the physical aspects of the game. It would have been a much better book if the information was presented from a tennis player's viewpoint with a little humor to lighten it up. Far too many graphs and charts when a good cartoon would have made the point much stand out much better.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A classic tennis book on tennis physics 9 Jun. 2000
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This is a very readable book which will appeal to tennis aficionados who want to understand the "why's" of tennis. It is not really a "how to do it" sort of book.
Sections in the book explain the physics of tennis strings and the tennis racket frame itself, as well as the physics of tennis strokes (e.g., why certain types of shots are more likely to go out or into the net).
Some of the subject matter has since been explored in greater detail by the online tennis community, but this book nevertheless remains very informative and relevant to tennis players and coaches who like to tinker with their equipment and their game.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Finally, tennis facts. 13 Sept. 2001
By Marc Halley - Published on
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There is so much misinformation in tennis! This book sorts through all the hype and confusion and gives true information on what makes a tennis ball go. From rackets to strings to strokes, this book shows what is important and what is not. For instance, why is it so hard to hit a hard shot from mid-court? Why do shots down the line go out so much? Should I serve hard or slow? How can I become more consistent at serving and groundstrokes? Should I crowd the net or stay back and get ready for a lob?
This book finally gives answers to these perplexing questions.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A good resource 14 Dec. 2000
By christian miller - Published on
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This book covers just about anything a budding physicist could wish to know. Although it came across as a bit technical, I enjoyed discovering the whys and hows of a sport that I've always loved. Basically, this is the only good source on such a specific subject that exists in any library.
mad tennis scientist 29 Aug. 2010
By N. J. Mayer - Published on
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This book is very interesting for tennis players who have a scientific background. It may be a tad complicated for the average Joe tennis player. It explains the why hows and what to do's to give you the best chance of winning in tennis based on physics. The book however is quite dated and talks about the oversized Prince racket as a new design and Borg as a current player. The new racket designs and strings have changed the modern game of tennis. I would have liked a more up to date version or at least a new chapter.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Interesting Read - Basic Tennis Advice 3 Mar. 2002
By Brian Ignaczak - Published on
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This book is fun to read if you can appreciate a scientific approach (graphs & formulae). This book takes some basic tennis advice used by instructors and scientifically proves them. It changed my perspecctive on certain aspects of the game. The advice that results from Brody's analysis is similar to what you'd get from a beginner's tennis class. However, the approach is interesting and insightful.
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