Outing Volume 41

Outing Volume 41

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1903 edition. Excerpt: ...of the base-line and then passes short across the court. In our play the short cross-court is the vital stroke, whether it scores a kill at once or opens the way for the coup de grace on the next return. This kind of attack, even when it does not win outright, forces the opponent to get over much more ground. To the full width of the court that he must cover is added the forward and backward running required of him, and this is harder work than the other. The shorter drives also open new possibilities in angles, and it was at this most vital point at which the home players outplayed their British challengers. Whitman's attack was always crosscourting in the effort to draw his opponent out of position, to embarrass him so that he should have a clear opening for n winning stroke, while Larned aimed for clean aces by crosscourt strokes; both went up to the net to volley more often after short crosses than long, straight drives. To watch the visitors at practice together demonstrated to the student of the game how their attack was limited. All three--Pim perhaps the most of all--showed such fine length in all their drives that against each other the ball shot back and forth, from end to end, with wonderful precision and skill. It was beautiful tennis to watch, but it was not the winning style, for little running was required of the opponent to keep within reach of the ball. Opposed by American methods, however, the visitors found that they could not simply "sway back and forth on the base-line," as some one described their movements, and a more strenuous game was involved which constantly drew them out of position. To keep the opponent pinned at the baseline makes it extremely difficult for him to run in for a volley, but at the...show more

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  • Paperback | 394 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 21mm | 703g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123680080X
  • 9781236800800