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Winning Ugly: Mental Warfare in Tennis--Lessons from a Master Kindle Edition
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A former Olympic medalist and now one of ESPN’s most respected analysts, Brad Gilbert shares his timeless tricks and tips, including “some real gems” (Tennis magazine) to help both recreational and professional players improve their game.
In the new introduction to this third edition, Gilbert uses his inside access to analyze current stars such as Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal, showing readers how to beat better players without playing better tennis.
Written with clarity and wit, this classic combat manual for the tennis court has become the bible of tennis instruction books for countless players worldwide.
"Priceless for tennis players of all levels." (Chris Fowler, ESPN )
"Winning Ugly is great. These are pro tactics that will improve a recreational player's game fast. Winning Ugly teaches how to play better tennis and is very entertaining." (Pete Sampras )
"Winning Ugly is a totally new approach to getting more out of your tennis game. I wish it had been around when I was learning how to play." (Jim Courier )
About the Author
Steve Jamison collaborated with legendary UCLA coach John Wooden on the national bestseller Wooden on Leadership. He lives in San Francisco, California. Visit his website at SteveJamison.com.
- ASIN : B009K5DOTA
- Publisher : Touchstone (May 28, 2013)
- Publication date : May 28, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 1691 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 242 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #91,089 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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"Develop your powers of observation and analyse and then use the information, and your chances of winning will go up by 20 percent or more."
"The Game Plan: This process of review will lead me right into the equally important process of planning my strategy; 1. What do I want to make happen? 2. What do I want to prevent from happening?"
"Most recreational players watch a match like they're looking at somebody play Nintendo at a video arcade. They just stare. I'd watch a match like I was studying for a history test."
About John McEnroe: "He was a very smart and observant tennis player. He was always aware of the dynamics of the match and was looking for ways to exploit your weaknesses."
I started browsing the Internet for a book that could teach me strategy. I found "Winning Ugly", read the reviews and bought it! Even tough I am only in the 3rd chapter I felt results already. Yesterday I played a neighbor I had played two times in the past and lost with scores of 0-6, 1-6 / 1-6, 3-6, as I learned from this book I started preparing for the game early in my way driving back home. I analyzed last two games and set an strategy. The result was me winning by score of 6-1, 7-6 (5). I felt like a million bucks after the game!!!
The interesting part of it is that my game is exactly the same, so as my opponent's game, but yesterday we played my way! I was able to impose my rhythm, my pace, and my shots... And it was all thanks to "Winning Ugly". I totally recommend it to starters, or recreational players that do not see their game level reflected in the court when they have a match.
It is an easy reading by the way.
Top reviews from other countries
This book provides a really good balance. Perhaps winning doesn't really matter to you either, and you play just for fun. If so, Brad asks "Why do you keep the score then?"
One of his key points is that you need to hate making unforced errors. But the reason I make unforced errors is that I don't practise/play enough, and don't want to lob the ball over the net all the time.
All in all, a very enjoyable read. But I still prefer Gallwey!
It took me a long time to decide to buy it because of the title which put me off, but the title is not about winning ugly, it is about putting all the chances on your side to win.
My favourite tip: chosing to receive on the first game in most cases against standard players. Works all the time for me since my serve takes 1 set to really warm up but not my return, meaning, I win most of my first game when I use to lose them most of the time.
It is a fun book too especially if you read the biography of J. McEnroe after and cross reference the events...
Aimed at the recreational player...if you only own 1 tennis book this is it