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Essential Tennis

By: Ian Westermann,Joel Chasnoff - contributor
Narrated by: Ian Westermann
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Summary

The essential audiobook from online tennis coaching sensation Ian Westermann, founder of EssentialTennis.com. This program is read by the Ian Westermann.

What’s the number one thing stopping you from playing your best tennis?

Ian Westermann, founder of the world’s #1 online tennis instruction portal, Essentialtennis.com, will confidently say it’s an obstacle you probably never thought of: The ball. You might think this sounds ridiculous. The whole point of tennis is to hit the ball over the net and in, so how can the ball be the thing that’s standing in the way? In fact, this is why the ball is such an impediment: your desire to hit a good shot, with the right mix of power and spin, to a specific spot on the court, prevents you from striking the ball the way you should.

In Essential Tennis, listeners - players and coaches, alike - will learn how improving at tennis actually happens and how to easily implement these lessons and integrate them into better play on the court. Players will hit stronger shots, make fewer errors, and beat players who are currently beating them. Coaches will look differently at what it means to provide a student with a holistic learning experience.

Essential Tennis contains technique-based instruction for executing groundstrokes, volleys, and serves, as well as progressions, drills, and mindsets players should incorporate. Westermann illuminates strokes, movement, strategy, and mental toughness - all proven to be successful over 20 years with clients of all ages and skill levels.

A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin's Griffin

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2022 Ian Westermann (P)2022 Macmillan Audio

Critic reviews

"This is a must-read. A 'how to' regarding tennis for all ages & all skill levels. For too long we’ve been waiting for something like this to come along. Now, tennis players everywhere have terrific guidance and information to continue to improve their games.” —Paul Annacone, long-time coach of Pete Sampras and Roger Federer

"Great read. Something for all ages and levels. This can move the needle in your game! I really enjoyed the book." —Rick Macci, USPTA Hall of Fame Master Professional and former coach of Venus and Serena Williams, Andy Roddick, and Maria Sharapova 

“Not just highly entertaining, but more importantly, totally relevant. There is so much to learn from this book, even for me! I have always been a believer in what Ian teaches and I’m glad to see that he put his ideas into a book. I highly recommend it.” —Gigi Fernandez, seventeen-time Grand Slam Champion, two-time Olympic Gold medalist, former number one world doubles player, and member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame 

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Worth Spending the Time

A really good book that breaks down strokes, play, mental processes and approach that are well worth spending the time going through. If you’ve been playing for a long time it’s always tempting to rush to your weaknesses or specific points of interest. But Ian covers so much in depth here, that there’s a take away in every chapter.
The additional material and links to videos are excellent, giving you the ability to follow along and get a true understanding of what to do.
I actually came away with trying to do less with my game and that has started working straight away. Less about technique and more about approach. And I think that sums up the whole book. There are resources that are far more detailed on specific technique but they are no good if they don’t stick in your mind or you don’t know when to use them. This book provides a more holistic approach that enables to better understand your game all round along with some insights into yourself.

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Best Online Tennis Coach

Really great to have Ian's knowledge put down in an easy digestible book (with QR codes for video instruction no less!) it's honest and super helpful. Ian thinks of everything and I love the way he teaches. If you haven't come across him before then get the book, watch YouTube, buy the courses, listen to his podcasts. They are all useful in their own way. my tennis has gotten so much better after listening to him (doing the online courses and watching the instructional videos). So much so, I've stopped paying for coaching. Got myself a ball machine instead and follow everything that Ian teaches.
He's the best.

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  • Isaac Patton
  • 07-06-22

Must Read for Competitive Tennis Players

Ian does an amazing job of breaking down the game of tennis and providing an incredibly strong framework to build one's game and practice around. He does a great job narrating as well. The book is full of great resources and links to video lessons, so it's a fantastic choice for all learners and paying styles!

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  • Brad Harper
  • 18-01-23

Great book

I questioned a “book” helping my tennis versus a video. It’s great.

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  • AJQ
  • 16-12-22

By far the best tennis book

So much common sense! By far the most applicable tennis book I’ve read. Loved it

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-12-22

On point!

Brings what matters most to the point which makes this book a very helpful tool to elevate your game!

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  • Scott
  • 13-12-22

Amazing mountain of great information

As a tennis player and a mindset coach this compilation of lessons is so powerful. Can’t wait to consistently apply them.

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  • 01-12-22

Great information, clearly presented.

This book was a great way to expand the podcast. I’d definitely recommend it to anyone hoping to learn more about the game.

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  • Mark McMurtry
  • 07-11-22

Outstanding Tennis Book For All Levels

This book is simply outstanding. This falls in the category of one of the best 3 tennis books. The other two are: Winning Ugly and The Inner Game of Tennis. I’ve purchased most tennis books and this is one I will listen to multiple times.

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  • Alejandro Maldonado
  • 14-06-22

A tennis player must have!

I’m a huge fan of Ian and his content. As a 4.5 NTPR 8.3 UTR and 14.3 ITF player, this book has been extremely beneficial to my game, specially mentally. Ian explains things so easily and gives you practical ways to improve your game. Excellent book!