Book Reviews

 

[blockquote author= “- By Zacon November 6, 2016″ ] She said it was a great help. [/blockquote]

[blockquote author=”- By Dany Coutureon June 12, 2016″] My girlfriend coached junior high tennis so I got this book for her. She said it was a great help. [/blockquote]

[blockquote author=”- Dany Couture, National player development coach, Canada “] A great book for any serious coaches. [/blockquote]

[blockquote author=”- By Charlie Tunaon October 19, 2013″] A *serious* tennis book for teachers and coaches[/blockquote]

[blockquote author=”- By Douglas M Dwyeron September 10, 2014″] Here is a book jam-packed with solid content for a tennis instructor who wants to know all the little details about good tennis teaching and coaching. You will not be disappointed. If you want to help a young person develop….. [/blockquote]

[blockquote] Excellent!! For a parent or Grandparent who wants to help a child develop into a serious player. [/blockquote]

[blockquote author=”- Manus Norman (Coach Wawrinka and director Academy Good to Great)”] Teaching Tennis Volume 2 will assist many coaches in developing their players to the next level and bring more pleasure and satisfaction to their game. [/blockquote]

[blockquote author=”- Lynne Rolley (Director of tennis, La Quinta Resort, Indian Wells)
“] His clear process shows you how to become a better player, regardless of your level”. [/blockquote]

[blockquote author=”- Rodney Harmon (Head coach Georgia Tech women’s team)”] Martin van Daalen is, without doubt, one of the best developmental coaches in thetennis world [/blockquote]

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KIRKUS REVIEW

– TEACHING TENNIS Volume 1: The Fundamentals of the Game (for Coaches, Players, and Parents)

” Got a tennis wunderkind—or just a casual player—to train up? This clear, systematic instructor’s manual will help.

In this first of three volumes, Van Daalen puts his experience as a USTA national coach at the service of coaches and parents looking to nurture kids’ talents through the intermediate level. (Adult beginners will find much useful information, but the book is aimed at readers who already know the sport and want to teach it to children as young as 6.) He starts by laying out an organized pedagogical framework, with recommendations on the progression of topics, templates for structuring lesson plans, tips on how to supervise student matches and tournaments and stern reminders about deportment. (“When you see your child excelling, try to remain calm.”) [25] Van Daalen then settles down to a step-by-step introduction to the basics of grip, stroke form, stance and footwork, all presented at a nuts-and-bolts level complete with diagrams and photos of players frozen in mid-backhand to illustrate proper positioning. He moves on to the elementary tactical repertoire of service, ground shots, volley and net play, and explains the logic of integrating them into a game strategy. Higher-order topics are also covered, including advice on how to recognize and nurture students’ individual styles of play and rituals that help preserve mental focus. (Staring at the racket’s strings between points, he contends, helps keep a player’s head in the game.) Along with lesson content, Van Daalen presents detailed methods for conveying the concepts to young minds, covering everything from practice drills to specific scripted lines that help students intuit and remedy mistakes; diagnostic “error detection” segments highlight telltales that help coaches spot and troubleshoot developing problems in a student’s play. Novice instructors will find in the author’s comprehensive, common-sense approach and lucid prose a reassuring support for their own efforts.

An excellent practical guide that shows coaches what to teach and how to teach it. “