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Winning Ugly: Mental Warfare in Tennis--Lessons from a Masterby Brad Gilbert
Synopses & Reviews
He's been called the best in the world at the mental game of tennis. Brad Gilbert's strokes may not be pretty, but looks aren't everything. He has beaten the Tour's biggest names — all by playing his "ugly" game.
Now, in Winning Ugly Gilbert teaches recreational players how to win more often without necessarily even changing their strokes. The key to success, he says, is to become a better thinking player — to recognize, analyze, and capitalize. That means outthinking opponents before, during, and after a match; forcing him or her to play your game. Gilbert's unconventional advice includes:
x How to identify the seven "Hidden Ad Points," and what to do when they come up
Winning Ugly is an invaluable combat manual for the court, and its tips include "some real gems," according to Tennis magazine. Ultimately, Winning Ugly will help you beat players who have been beating you.
Advice from a pro on how to improve your tennis game lists the six reasons never to serve first and covers psychological aspects of the game.
The tennis classic from Olympic gold medalist and ESPN analyst Brad Gilbert, now featuring a new introduction with tips drawn from the strategies of Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams, Andy Murray, and more, to help you outthink and outplay your toughest opponents
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.
Brad Gilbert has become one of the world's greatest tennis players by "winning ugly"--analyzing and capitalizing on an opponent's weakness. Now Gilbert shows how to think better--and win more often--on the court. "Winning Ugly is great. These are pro tactics that will improve a recreational player's game fast".--Pete Sampras.
About the Author
Brad Gilbert is considered by most experts to be the world's foremost tennis strategist and tactician. He became Andre Agassi's coach in 1994, and twelve and a half months later Agassi had rocketed from number thirty-two to number one in the world and won two Grand Slam titles. Recently Gilbert was voted America's number one tennis coach. He lives in San Rafael, California, with his wife and two children.
Table of Contents
Preface: Winning Ugly?
McEnroe: A Master Loses Ugly
I THE EARLY EDGE:
The Match Begins Before the Match Begins
1. Mental Preparation: The Pre-Match Advantage
2. Tools of the Trade: How Equipment Can Help You Win
3. Stretching for Success
4. The Microwave Warm-up: Defrost Your Strokes Quick
5. Four "Nervebusters": Overcoming Pre-Match Nervousness
6. Start Smart: Grabbing the Early Lead
II PLAYING SMART:
Finding a Way to Win
7. The Key to Victory
8. Destroying Your Opponent's Game Plan
9. The Seven Hidden Ad Points
10. The Player's Pit Stop: Stroke Repair
11. Learning From the Legends
III MIND GAMES, PSYCHING, AND GAMESMANSHIP: Tales From the Tour
12. The Masters of Rage: Connors and McEnroe
13. Lendl's Lethal Weapon
14. Agassi: Breaking the Speed Limit
15. How to Handle Hooking
16. A Million-Dollar Match: War With Wheaton
17. Tournament Tough All the Time
18. The Road to Number One
19. Andre Agassi on "Winning Ugly"
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