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:
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.
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…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.
Gilbert defines the multiple ways you can alter your game to find an opponents weakness and fibre yourself the best chance to beat them... even if they are "Better" than you (Better skills, better fitness, more power). Preparation and game analyzing strategy are key, and Gilbert also stresses how to deal with bad sportsmanship and when something is good strategy vs. crossing the line into poor sportsmanship. This is about shot choices, crafting a point, exploring all shot options, etc. Find your opponents Achilles heel.
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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