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Theory & Practice of Gamesmanship

Most difficult of questions to answer briefly. There have been five hundred books written on the subject of games. Five hundred books on play and the tactics of play.

Not one on the art of winning. I well remember the gritty floor and the damp roller-towels of the changing-room where the idea of pltter this book came to me.

Yet my approach to the thing had been gradual. There had been much that had puzzled me — I am speaking now of — in the tension of our games of ping-pong at the Meynells. There had been a great deal of hard thinking on both sides during the wavering tide of battle, ending slightly in my favour, of the prolonged series of golf games between E. But it was in that changing-room after a certain game of lawn tennis in that the curtain was lifted, and I began to see.


In those days I used to play lawn tennis for a small but progressive London College — Birkbeck, where I lectured.

It happened that my partner at that time was C. Xtephen, the celebrated gamesman, who in his own sphere is known as metaphysician and educationist. Our opponents were usually young men from the larger colleges, competing against us not only with the advantage of age but also with a decisive advantage in style.

They ;otter throw the service ball very high in the modern manner: In one match we found ourselves opposite a couple of particularly tall and athletic young men of this type from University College.

We will call them Smith and Brown. The knock-up showed that, so far as play was concerned, Joad and I, playing for Birkbeck, had no chance. UC won the toss. I had had time to gauge the speed of this serve, and the next one did, in fact, graze the edge of my racket-frame.

Now here comes the moment on which not only this match, but so much of the future of British sport was to turn. Smith at S 1 see figure is about to cross over to serve to me at P. When Smith gets to a point K not less than one foot and not more than two feet beyond the centre of the court I know now what I only felt then — that timing is everything in this gambitJoad standing at J 2 called across the net, in an even tone:. Crude to our ears, perhaps.


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But beautifully accurate gamesmanship for For the student must realize that these two young men were both in the highest degree charming, well-mannered young men, perfect in their sportsmanship and behaviour.

Smith games,anship point K stopped dead. The ball had hit the back netting twelve feet behind him before touching the ground.

But what did you think, Brown? I only want you to say clearly, if you will, whether the ball is in or out.

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There is nothing more putting off to young university players than a slight suggestion that their etiquette or sportsmanship is in question. How well we know this fact, yet how often we forget to make use of it.

Smith sent a double fault to me, and another double fault to Joad. He did not get in another ace service till halfway through the third set of a match which incidentally we won. That night I thought hard and long. For me, it was the gamesmanahip of gamesmanship.

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