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Technical Tennis: Racquets, Strings, Balls, Courts, Spin, and Bounceby Rod Cross
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Tennis players have a love-hate relationship with their racquets. They buy them hoping they are the answer to all their problems, and they curse them when they don't live up to the advertising hype of "ultimate power and perfect control." Then, they purchase another. What should you really expect from your racquet and strings? What do they do, and how do they do it?
Technical Tennis is a nontechnical exploration of the most fascinating and useful facts about tennis equipment and performance. This informative primer answers the most tantalizing and elusive equipment questions that have perennially plagued hackers and experts alike. What kind of racquet, strings, and swing produce the most power? How do you create maximum spin? Why are racquet weight and distribution the single most important variables in racquet performance? Where on your racquet should you hit the ball? What racquet and string features combine for the most control, comfort, and feel? How do you affect the bounce, speed, spin, and trajectory of the ball to your advantage? It's all here.
Physics professor Rod Cross and technology expert Crawford Lindsey summarize, simplify, and illuminate concepts found in their groundbreaking classic work, The Physics and Technology of Tennis. Where that book delves deeply into the scientific how's and why's of tennis performance, Technical Tennis details the "what's" in a comfortable narrative providing all the answers necessary to understanding what equipment can and can't do for you.
What are the single most important variables in racquet performance? What racquet and string features combine to provide the most control, comfort, and feel? How can a player create maximum spin? This informative primer answers these and other elusive equipment and performance-related questions that perennially plague hackers and experts alike. A simplified, layperson's companion to the authors' previous work, The Physics and Technology of Tennis, this conveniently sized guide to selecting racquets and strings includes bite-sized explanations of the possible expectations of equipment choices.
About the Author
Rod Cross is the coauthor of The Physics and Technology of Tennis and has written extensively for the United States Racquet Stringers Association's (USRSA) Racquet Sports Industry and Racquet Tech magazines. He is a former associate professor in physics at the University of Sydney-Australia. Crawford Lindsey is the coauthor of The Physics and Technology of Tennis and the author of The Book of Squash. He is the editor in chief of Racquet Sports Industry magazine and at Racquet Tech Publishing. He lives in San Diego, California.
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