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Winning Ugly: Mental Warfare in Tennis - Lessons from a Master | [Brad Gilbert, Steve Jamison]

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

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 out-thinking opponents before, during, and after a match - forcing him or her to play your game.
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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 out-thinking opponents before, during, and after a match - forcing him or her to play your game. Gilbert's unconventional advice includes:

  • How to identify the seven "Hidden Ad Points", and what to do when they come up
  • Six reasons why you should never serve first
  • How to beat a lefty, a retriever, a serve-volley player, and other troublesome opponents
  • How to keep a lead or stop a match from slipping away
  • 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.

©1993, 2013 Brad Gilbert and Steve Jamison (P)2013 Tantor

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    Would you try another book from Brad Gilbert and Steve Jamison and/or Charles Constant?

    …you're looking for something on the whole mental aspect of the game. This is not a book of mechanics, it's about mental and physical preparation and strategy.


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    The main content of book is worth reading. However after by the first half of the book it became repetitive. I think Brad could have enriched the book by adding more substance and topics from his playing days

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    The book was great helped me a lot in my game and my fathers game in our matches

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