Tennis Science for Tennis Players

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University of Pennsylvania Press, 1987 - Sports & Recreation - 152 pages
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How does your opponent put that tricky spin on the ball? Why are some serves easier to return than others? The mysteries behind the winning strokes, equipment, and surfaces of the game of tennis are accessibly explained by Howard Brody through the laws of physics. And he gives practical pointers to ways players can use this understanding to advantage in the game.

Through extensive laboratory testing and computer modeling, Brody has investigated the physics behind the shape of the tennis racket, the string pattern, the bounce of the tennis ball, the ways a particular court surface can determine the speed of the game, and the many other physical factors involved in tennis.

 

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A physics professor explains how the laws of physics work in the game of tennis. Included are studies of string tension, the size, shape, and weight of a racket, ball trajectories, court surfaces, and ... Read full review

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This book is amazing!!!. Warning !!! Only for tennis players with high level of curiosity!.
Everytime I had to put new strings in my racquet several questions would arise. Do I increase the tansion
or decrease it?. Do I go with Gut or Nylon?. Do I chosse gauge 16 or 17?, do I buy an oversize or standar racket, etc.. etc...
I would ask all this questions to other people including coaches, stringers, players, salesmen and they all said something different.
I was very confused !.
Well, after reading just the first chapter of this book dedicated to strings I finally understood what I really needed to customize my racquet and now I know how the science work and use to my advantage.
I could write a lot more about this book but I think you get the idea, it is all about science, statistics, lab tests, etc, but very well explained!.
 

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Contents

The Importance of the Strings
5
12 Power from the Strings
8
13 Loose versus Tight Strings and Dwell Time
11
14 Stringing Material
13
15 String Thickness
16
16 Frequency or Ping of the Strings
18
18 The Density of the Stringing Pattern
19
19 Summary
22
Understanding the Motion of the Ball Ball Trajectories
72
51 The Spin of the Ball in the Air
73
52 Margin for Allowable Error
76
53 The Groundstroke
79
54 Summary
92
Getting the Ball In With Position
94
62 The Volley
101
63 The Half Volley
105

The Sweet Spots of a Tennis Racket
23
Minimum Initial Shock to Your Hand The Center of Percussion
25
Minimum Uncomfortable Vibration of the Racket and its Effect on Your Hand and Arm The Node
29
Maximum Rebound Speed of the Ball
34
25 Summary
36
The Size Shape and Weight of the Racket
39
32 Head Length
44
34 Weight Balance and Moment of Inertia
46
35 Racket Flex or Stiffness
53
36 Material and Composition
54
37 Grip and Handle
57
38 Summary
60
Understanding the Motion of the Ball The Bounce
61
42 Adjusting to the Surface
66
43 The Bounce of the Ball with Initial Spin
68
44 Summary
71
64 The Serve
106
65 Summary
113
Getting the Ball In Using Your Strokes
115
72 Errors in the Horizontal Direction Because You Do Not Know Which Way to Aim the Ball
121
73 Error in the Vertical Angle Because You Do Not Know Which Way to Aim the Ball
125
75 The Ball Angle Off the Racket with Spin
130
76 The Serve
133
77 Summary
135
Using Mathematics to Plot Game Strategies
136
82 Serving Strategies
140
Reflex or Reaction Time
145
92 The Real World
146
Advice from a Tennis Scientist
148
Index
151
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About the author (1987)

Howard Brody is Professor of Physics at the University of Pennsylvania and science adviser to the United States Professional Tennis Registry.

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