Technical Tennis: Racquets, Strings, Balls, Courts, Spin, and Bounce

By Rod Cross and Crawford Lindsey

Table of Contents

FOREWORD

PREFACE

CHAPTER 1: RACQUETS

INTRODUCTION

  • Choosing a Racquet — the Basics
  • Mistakes When Buying a Racquet
  • Three Types of Racquet
  • Racquets and Player Psychology
  • Racquet Features Combine with Strokes
  • Selecting a Racquet Is Art and Science
  • Care of Racquets

RACQUET PROPERTIES

POWER
  • The Components of "Power": Exit Speed, Rebound Speed, Racquet Speed
  • Match Point Box 1.1: Effect of Grip Firmness on Power
  • The Maximum Exit Power Point Changes with Racquet Speed
  • Comparing Racquet Power
  • Racquet Power Defined as Rebound Power
  • Match Point Box 1.2: Maximum Effort Power
  • Rebound Power Is the Sum of All Racquet Properties
  • Power and Energy Loss
  • Match Point Box 1.3: Maximum Theoretical Ball Speed
  • The Bad News: Rebound Power Values Aren't Readily Available
CONTROL
  • Rebound Control
WEIGHT
  • Weight and Apparent Weight
  • The Six "Weights" of a Racquet
  • Racquet Weight
  • Light vs Heavy Racquets
  • Ideal Racquet Weight
  • Balance Point and Pickupweight
  • Swingweight
  • Twistweight
  • Spinweight
  • Hittingweight ("Effective Mass")
STIFFNESS
  • Racquet Stiffness
  • Measuring Racquet Stiffness
  • Match Point Box 1.4: Vibration Comparison between Racquets
  • Racquet Vibrations, Sweetspot, and Feel
  • Vibration Dampening
  • Shock and the Center of Percussion
  • Match Point Box 1.5: The Difference between Shock and Vibration

CUSTOMIZING A RACQUET

  • Match Point Box 1.6: Customizing Weight, Balance, & Swingweight
  • Further Reading

CHAPTER 2 STRINGS

STRINGS AND THE MODERN GAME

STRINGBED STIFFNESS

  • Static and Dynamic Stringbed Stiffness
  • Effect of String Material and Gauge on Stringbed Stiffness
  • Effect of String Tension on Stringbed Stiffness
  • Effect of String Pattern on Stringbed Stiffness
  • Effect of Headsize and Stringbed Suspension System on Stringbed Stiffness
  • Match Point Box 2.1: Rise in String Tension During a Shot
  • Stringbed Stiffness Summary

TENSION AND PERFORMANCE

  • Tension and Power
  • Tension Loss and Going "Dead"
  • Tension Loss and Feel
  • Tension Loss and Control
  • Tension Loss and Sound
  • Tension Loss and Prestreteching
  • Tension and Spin
  • Tension and Player Perceptiveness

DWELL TIME AND PERFORMANCE

  • Dwell Time
  • Dwell Distance
  • Dwell Error
  • Dwell Time and Force
  • General Rules of Dwell Time
  • Further Reading

CHAPTER 3 BALLS AND BOUNCE

BALL BASICS

  • Ball History
  • Rules about Balls
  • Match Point Box 3.1: Ball Testing to Compare New and Old Balls
  • Pressurized and Pressureless Balls

BALL BOUNCE OFF THE COURT

  • Friction
  • Bounce Factors
  • Bounce Factor #1: Angle of Incidence
  • Bounce Factor #2: Incident Speed and Spin
  • Bounce Factor #3: Hardness of Court
  • Bounce Factor #4: Court Smoothness or Roughness
  • Horizontal Bounce Speed
  • Effects of Friction on Ball Spin

BALL BOUNCE OFF THE STRINGS

  • Angle of Impact
  • Tilting the Racquet Head
  • The Bounce Path off the Strings
  • Further Reading

CHAPTER 4 SPIN AND TRAJECTORY

SPIN BASICS

  • Generation of Spin
  • Influence of Incident Angle and Spin on Rebound Spin
  • Match Point Box 4.1: Effects of Spin on Bounce off the Strings
  • Types and Uses of Spin
  • 18 Different Ways to Hit the Ball
  • Spin Before and After Bounce
  • Effect of Grip on Spin
  • Can Racquets and Strings Increase Spin?
  • Match Point Box 4.2: Can Players Feel Spin
  • Increasing Spin with Stroke Technique
  • Simple Topspin Experiment
  • Match Point Box 4.3: Topspin and the Federer Forehand
  • Effect of Racquet Tilt on a Topspin Forehand

SPIN AND THE SERVE

  • Ball Toss
  • Tips on Serving
  • Arching the Back to Serve
  • Slice Serve
  • Serve Actions
  • Forearm Slows Down
  • Match Point Box 4.4: The Sampras Serve
  • Force on Handle

TRAJECTORY

  • Vertical Launch Angle
  • Hitting the Ball Deep
  • Further Reading
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Chapters 4
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Pages 152
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ISBN 0-9722759-3-2