Tennis Book Review
Learn Your Game
A Workbook For Being A Better Tennis Player
By Rocky Lang
Reviewed by Rich Neher

Rocky Lang has been involved in the motion picture and television business all his life and recently Executive Produced, “Girl Fight” for Lifetime Television. He has produced, written and directed motion pictures, documentaries, television shows, MOW’s and mini-series including White Squall, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Jeff Bridges.

He is the author of seven published books including, How I Broke Into Hollywood, (Regan Books, Harper/ Collins), Confessions of Emergency Room Doctors, (Andrews McMeel), The Big Nasty, (Cable Publishing), Lara Takes Charge, (HLPI Books), Differences, Differences, (HLPI Books) and most recently, Growing Up Hollywood, Tales From The Son of a Hollywood Mogul, (HLPI Books) and If You Thought Your Divorce Was Bad, Wait Until You Read This Book, (HLPI Books)

Filmmaker, author, tennis player
Rocky Lang lives in Toluca Lake, California and plays tennis at the beautiful Braemar Country Club in Tarzana, about 13 miles further west. Playing competitive tennis matches there he noticed seeing the same players over and over again, causing him to start taking notes about the matches against them.

Rocky immediately saw the benefits of recording his opponents' weaknesses and strenghts and other notes about the matches and discussed his findings with Braemar tennis staff. Encouraged by their response he talked to baseball player Reggie Smith and UCLA Men's Tennis Coach Billy Martin. He learned that in professional baseball as well as in college tennis, coaches and players take notes about games and opponents.

So, Rocky created the booklet Learn Your Game and designed it to be customizeable, allowing clubs like Braemar to buy quantities to sell to their members. The book basically consists of 145 pages with the same worksheet, all in a neat 7.5x5" format. Those 145 pages seem to be more than enough for many years of charting tennis match opponents.

Why Charting Weaknesses and Strengths?
Venus Williams famously said, "Tennis is mostly mental. You win or lose a match before you go out there." Tennis takes concentration and thought, paired with practice and talent, in order to achieve great results. Charting the strengths and weaknesses of an opponent you just played allows you to reflect on that match, learn about the opponent and your own game, and plan what you need to do in the next match against the same opponent. This is a method used by many different athletes in all ball sports. Referring to those notes often is the key to remembering and improving, especially when facing that same opponent again.

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"Love this book! Instead of me telling them what they did, it is now on them to think about what happened in the match. I love when I see them start to reflect, and I know they are starting to understand the game. This book is a huge tool to get your player there."

Sue Pendo
Director of Tennis
Braemar Country Club
Tarzana, California

"I love this workbook and like many things in life the simple, functional ideas are often the best! We will be ordering many more and look forward to a continued relationship."

Dave Anderson
Director of Tennis
Brookhaven Tennis Academy
Dallas Texas



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 Bill Patton "The Art of Coaching High School Tennis"

Joe Parent / Bill Scanlon "ZEN Tennis" 

Sidney Wood "The Wimbledon Final That Never Was"

Rocky Lang "Learn Your Game"

Pat Cunningham Devoto "The Team"

JR Thornton "Beautiful Country"

Ara Grigorian "Game of Love"

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