Book review: Technical Tennis: Racquets, Strings, Balls, Courts, Spin, and Bounce, by Rod Cross and Crawford Lindsey

Technical but accessible (September 8, 2005)


The previous version of this book — The Physics and Technology of Tennis — is a daunting read for all but a few. In Technical Tennis, the authors cover many of the most important technical aspects relating to the interactions among racquets, strings, balls, and court surfaces, but the information is much more accessible (and portable). The writing style is smoother, too, than Physics, so one could actually read through this entire volume in an evening.

This book represents a great effort to render a complex subject in such a way that the concepts and principles are within the grasp of the interested lay-person, without being condescending or patronizing.

Full disclosure: I provided some minor assistance in the editing of this book, and am mentioned in the Preface.