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The Art and Science of Ball Watching

The Art and Science of Ball Watching takes the reader through the scientific principles involved in tennis ball watching, with a focus on those aspects of Physical and Biologic science that facilitate the ability to see ball contact.

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Editorial Review

The gift of vision: Bill Simons of  Inside Tennis reviews The Art and Science of Ball  Watching By Dr. Paul Hamori

 

In life we often take for granted the simplest things–like sight.  It is a vastly underrated aspect of tennis.  Ash Barty says that basically the key to every point is, "see ball, hit ball."  Dr. Paul Hamori has written a revealing, groundbreaking book: The Art and Science of Ball Watching–Learning to see contact. The book teaches us the neuroscience of hearing, vision and touch–and how to apply it to playing better.  Hamori offers an intriguing study of the greatest of all ball watchers, Roger Federer, and gives us a bounty of brain exercises.

 

Even though light travels faster than sound, our brains process sound faster.  We do not actually see the ball[contact the strings in real time].  The process is too fast.  So technically we cannot see contact[In real time].  We perceive it "in delayed perceptual time."  Rather than keeping your on the ball, Hamori suggest taking your eye off the ball at certain points in the hitting cycle.  He gives us fascinating specifics on turning your head to your racquet side, narrowing your eyes, focusing and resisting the urge to follow your shot.  Hamori reflects on the plasticity of the human brain.  In many ways an instructional manual, the book contains a compelling collection of tips, a 50 minute power drill, workouts with ball machines, suggestions for match play and comments on linepersons.  Filled with fabulous facts (in a 2 hour match, we're blind for 19 minutes), the Art and Science of Ball Watching is a deep dive surprise and a fascinating read.

 

Bill Simons, editor and publisher of Inside Tennis(insidetennis.com)

The Art and Science of Ball Watching takes the reader through the scientific principles involved in tennis ball watching, with a focus on those aspects of Physical and Biologic science that facilitate the ability to see ball contact.

It then analyzes the techniques used by the greatest ball watcher of all time.  Subsequently it demonstrates simple exercises that can be done by any player to develop these same techniques.  It contains interesting diagrams and pictures that will facilitate the reader’s understanding of these principles and techniques.

While the focus of the book is on tennis, it’s concepts are applicable to other racquet sports including pickle ball, and squash.

Weight 0.5 lbs
Dimensions 7 × 1 × 10 in
Author

Paul Hamori