THE TENNIS BOOK

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Read on to find out if The Tennis Book is for you.


What is #TheTennisBook, exactly?

#TheTennisBook translates in-depth tennis technique and world class tennis strokes into an entertaining cocktail of words, pictures and enhanced artwork.

The `Tennis Book is a top-quality educational resource, for anyone who wants to develop tennis strokes, based on many of the all-time best tennis players.
It’s also a labour of love … and I’m not talking about Gabriela 🙂 (well, maybe just a little).

Why isn’t it free?

Because the ‘free’ model is usually paid for by adverts – or some other form of selling – and the advertising model can compromise writers and quality writing.
But it’s affordable to everyone who can afford racket and balls.

Why should potential players be interested in your take on tennis strokes?

The first 5 STAGES of THE FOREHAND are free to access and there will be more to come.

As well as teaching the game for almost two decades, I’ve been studying tennis technique for over 30 years, I’ve written about tennis strokes for tennis magazines in Europe, the USA and Britain and I’ve been shooting instructional sequence photos at tennis tournaments since 1988.

I have also started my ‘Stroke Library’, so independently minded members can study animated player strokes and reach their own technical conclusions – if they differ from mine, we have grounds for healthy debate.

What’s already inside?

There’s currently a stage-by-stage, fully animated tennis book on how to develop ground strokes – the forehand, one-handed and two-handed backhands, the serve (THE NET GAME is still to come) and I’ve just started the ADVANCED section.

I’ve prepared (individually) over 2000 tennis images, from which I can furnish these first pages, and I’ve started on the next batch.

Is it for beginners?

The Foundation Pages (the ones accessed from the main menu, above) have been written to favour those who know nothing of tennis technique, though they should be an entertaining read for everyone.
Think of this site as high altitude tennis technique, made accessible to a non-techie audience, by relevant writing and artwork.

What about advanced players?

As a sports communicator, Technical Tennis as Art is my strong point, and the in-depth and advanced stuff is where I’m most at home.

So yes, I hope to stimulate the minds of even the very best.

And I’ve never been shy of a debate, so members are welcome to pitch in.

So what’s with the stroke animations?

They’re made from my still tournament photos – I realised I could make them in 1999 and have been doing so ever since.

Turning them into animations is very labour intensive (some animations take days and I’ve made hundreds: – do the math!), though as an educational aid they are hard to beat, because each miniature artwork is designed specifically to highlight relevant elements of each tennis stroke.

Is it finished?

#TheTennisBook is an ever-developing project, which has the potential to become an encyclopaedia of tennis strokes – I certainly have enough tennis images to fill one.

Health and circumstances permitting, these pages are the cornerstone on which I hope to keep building until I turn my toes up.


LINKS TO THE VARIOUS FOUNDATION PAGES BELOW


THE FOREHAND


FOREHAND – THE GOOD SHAPE

We’re building forehands that are (both past and) future proof, and this is a required shape..


FOREHAND – GETTING A GRIP

…the shape… determines the grip… which determines the game… which equips the individual


FOREHAND – THE PALM PRINCIPLE

The palm is a key to developing the right forehand for the job


THE FOREHAND – A GOOD TURN

Turn and let’s get this stroke on the court


FOREHAND – SWING FOR IT

The ‘swing’ doesn’t quite cut it as a description of the modern forehand, but it’s a measured start.


FOREHAND – CONNECT 3

Three things determine the perfect contact on every stroke.


FOREHAND – TOPSPIN

Topspin demands the primary shape.


FOREHAND – HUNTERS OF THE FALL

Learning to move… with a clearly defined purpose.


FOREHAND – READ & REACT

Learning to read is the foundation of a good forehand.


FOREHAND – MAGNETIC CONTACT

Create magnetism in your groundstroke.


FOREHAND – FRONT-FOOTING

Front foot aggression – or not.


FOREHAND – – BACK-FOOTING

Back foot forehands, as a stroke ‘choice’.


FOREHAND – OPEN AND CLOSED CASE

‘Stance’ ? – An open and closed case.


FOREHAND – LOOP = THE POWER CYCLE

Looping up a force to be reckoned with.


FOREHAND – SPUN

Add some spin.


FOREHAND – THE RIGHT DIRECTION

Give direction to your efforts.


FOREHAND – AGGRESSIVE BACK-FOOTING

Attacking off the back foot.


THE ONE HANDED BACKHAND


ONE-HANDED BACKHAND – GET A GRIP

Pick a grip to start with.


ONE-HANDED BACKHAND – THUMB THEORY

The thumb is the path to power and topspin.


ONE-HANDED BACKHAND – CONNECT 3

…. but it’s all pointless without a Connct 3.


ONE-HANDED BACKHAND – TURN IT

No turn, no stroke.


ONE-HANDED BACKHAND – TRIGGER BACK 1

Pulling the trigger back


ONE-HANDED BACKHAND – TRIGGER BACK 2

… and load up the head to load up the shot.


ONE-HANDED BACKHAND – TWO SHAPES

Swing high, swing low.


ONE-HANDED BACKHAND – UNFORGIVEN

The Achiles Elbow.


ONE-HANDED BACKHAND -THEATRICAL ELABORATION

If you’re going to dress a game in someone else’s strokes, look to the best for your inspiration.


ONE-HANDED BACKHAND – STEADY HEADY

The (wo)man who stands still sees everything ?


ONE-HANDED BACKHAND – THE TRAVEL LINE

The ball’s on course… but which course?


ONE-HANDED BACKHAND – THE FOOT LINE

Delivering a payload.


ONE-HANDED BACKHAND – THE SHOULDER LINE

Keeping things square….


ONE-HANDED BACKHAND – ANCHOR

…is helped by having a fleeting anchor.


THE TWO HANDED BACKHAND


TWO-HANDED BACKHAND – GET A GRIP

A first look at the duality of two-handed backhand grips.


TWO-HANDED BACKHAND – READ & REACT

Reading what the ball is doing is the foundation of good movement (which is the foundation of good tennis).


TWO-HANDED BACKHAND – ROUTE ONE BACKSWING

Keeping it simple on the two-handed take-back.


TWO-HANDED BACKHAND – PERFECT CONNECTION

3 x 1 = perfection.

TWO-HANDED BACKHAND – THREE LINES

Revisiting the three lines and applying them to a two-hander.


TWO-HANDED BACKHAND – HITTING ON THE RISE

Hitting the ball on the rise two-hand stylee.


TWO-HANDED BACKHAND – MAGNETISM

Jack up the power by creating your own magnetism.


TWO-HANDED BACKHAND – RESOURCES

Additional power sources to stick to your stroke.


TWO-HANDED BACKHAND – THE LOOP

Crank up extra racket head speed with a two-handed loop.


TWO-HANDED BACKHAND – UNLOCKED

Unlocked for moving away from the scene, and getting quickly to the next job.


TWO-HANDED BACKHAND – SMILES AND FROWNS

Two shapes for a two-handed backhand.


TWO-HANDED BACKHAND – TOPSPIN HILL

Extra hand, extra whip? – two handed topspin.


TWO-HANDED BACKHAND – ANCHORING THE STROKE

Keep those lines pure with a temporary anchor.


THE SERVICE


THE SERVE – CONNECT 3 PRINCIPLE

Connecting racket to ball.


THE SERVE – UNNATURAL

The most unnatural element of a tennis serve is…


THE SERVE – ANGLE GRIP

A serious angle for serious power and spin (potentially…)


THE SERVE – THUMB ROLL

Rolling with the thumb to make full use of ‘the unnatural’.


THE SERVE – SETTING UP

How to set it all in motion.


THE SERVE – JOB ONE

‘JOB VACANCY – WANTED: – RACKET HAND TO THROW RACKET HEAD’


THE SERVE – JOB TWO

‘JOB VACANCY – WANTED: – EXTRA HAND TO ASSIST RACKET HEAD THROWER’


THE SERVE – PRECISION

Almost right is not yet good enough, especially when setting up a serve.


THE SERVE – COORDINATION ‘W’

Coordinating your efforts with a wonky ‘W’.


THE SERVE – THE SURGE

A sudden surge of thrown racket.


THE SERVE – TUCK IN

‘Where else is there for me to go?’


THE SERVE – UN-TURNING

Stay sideways and the serve goes nowhere.