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Winning Ugly: Mental Warfare in Tennis--Lessons from a Master

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Publisher Comments:

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
x Six reasons why you should never serve first
x How to beat a Lefty, a Retriever, a Serve-Volley player, and other troublesome opponents
x How to keep a lead, or stop a match from slipping away
x How to handle psyching and gamesmanship

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.

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

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

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"

Product Details

ISBN:
9780671884000
With:
Jamison, Steve
Author:
Jamison, Steve
Author:
Gilbert, Brad
Author:
Gilbert
Publisher:
Fireside Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Sports
Subject:
Tennis
Subject:
Psychological aspects
Subject:
Spcrts
Subject:
Tennis -- Psychological aspects.
Subject:
General Sports & Recreation
Subject:
Sports and Fitness-Tennis
Subject:
Tennis; Tennis Lessons; Tennis Pro; US Open; Mental Warfare; Ugly Game; Brad Gelbert; Inner Tennis; Coaching; Improvement; Winning; Matches; Grip; Racket; Roger Federer
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Fireside ed.
Edition Description:
B102
Series:
A Fireside book
Series Volume:
106-8
Publication Date:
January 1994
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in 7.7 oz

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"Synopsis" by , 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.
"Synopsis" by , 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.

"Synopsis" by , 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.
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