The Ultimate Tennis Paradox

The time lapse between your command to a muscle to be activated and the time it takes to respond is on order of an infinitesimal fraction of a second. Thus, you time the command to be slightly earlier than the action.

In contrast, the decision to fire on all cylinders on a ball could be too early or premature or complicated, as human beings tend to overreact. It’s interesting that, as a human being, you need to hold your tendency to being early to compensate for that tendency to overreact. You want to act in unison, where all effort is cooperative and as natural as possible.

Prime example of this is Martial Arts. The beauty of slowing down time is not only effective but a training tool as well.

In tennis, that is the basis of getting into the Zone, where you see the ball being much slower that normally anticipated.

Thus, what is called the Yin (relaxed state) and Yang (forceful state) works better in tennis when you purposely slow down your forceful action until you almost touch the ball. There you hit forcefully, accelerating, across the line of the ball for maximum contact time, more feel, more topspin, and more control.

Oscar Wegner

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Tennis Into the Future is a series of DVDs (2010)

addressing each stroke in a revolutionary way.

It is a practical study of the best stroke mechanics

ever seen in top pros and how to integrate them

with the most efficient use of:

The Human Body,

The Forces of Nature,

And the application of the latest discoveries of the

operation of the Human Spirit and Human Mind,

Including The Zone and The Slow Down of Time.


Oscar Wegner, author, former touring pro.

For more information:

For most people, tennis being easy is a difficult concept to agree with. So let me ask you a few questions:

1) Do you like applying your own physical makeup, slow, fast, strong or delicate, easily when you play? Or do you adjust to strict ideas as to how to perform (i.e. conventional)?

2) Do you like ease and naturalness on your footwork? Or should there be a lot of detail and structure in your moves?

3) Would you want power without too much effort? Or do you think more power is necessarily dependent on force and effort?

4) Would you want to carry on your decisions with ease? Or do you shun simplicity fearing you would lose control?

5) Would you want your moves to naturally help your shots? Or do you feel you need body “positions” to succeed?

6) Would you want to have extra time for your shots? Or do you feel tennis is too fast and you need to prepare “early”?

Here is where you can test your answers: Modern Tennis Methodology loves the simplicity, ease and naturalness of techniques that will work for your body’s preference, your particular physique, your beingness (rather than “thinkingness”), your feel rather than “mind”, and much more.

Smoothness and ease are some of the most notable results from these techniques. Control, ball placement, touch and power are some other results.

If these align with your goals, you need to inspect them at a low price but high results. The four Tennis Into the Future DVDs (about six hours comprising all strokes), are only $40.



Your well being, love for the game and confidence will benefit or your money back, guaranteed.

For the best example of ease and simplicity look at Roger Federer. He cleaned up and simplified his game lately to what it was when he was number one, and he is again in command on the tour at 33.

Join the revolution and evolution. Tennis is really a much easier sport to learn than what has been portrayed!

Oscar Wegner

Modern tennis is very easy. You just focus on finding the ball really well, with no pace yet on your racquet, and then, while touching the ball with the racquet, pull and turn your hand to feel the ball across the strings.

Even though the racquet may be fairly loose, you are actually forcefully accelerating with an inward force (towards oneself), rotating and bending the arm up to the finish, with the butt of the racquet ending pointing to the direction you just created on the ball.

One caution note: this is much easier done open stance, where the playing hand is closer to the ball and the help of the body occurs more naturally.

This is an interesting and barely recognized way of playing with an extended feel and a pronounced topspin on the ball that increases its power, both linearly and rotationally.

While widely accepted in the best tennis centers in Europe, plus some in Asia and South America as well, most USA “experts” have fought this knowledge for years, contending the stroke goes forward through the ball and coming across only when it leaves the strings. The “experts” most likely don’t realize that increasing contact time increases confidence, control and also power effectively, and that this is the main reason for success at the top level of the modern game.

Top pros do something with the hand on contact with the ball that they can’t explain themselves other that showing the particular motion, although they are aware that this is one of the biggest secrets of their success. Why? Probably because they focus on feel, rather than thinking.

How do you apply that yourself to your own game? Aware that you don’t devote as much time to the practice of this sport as the top performers, just exaggerate this torquing movement not with force, which could hurt your arm, but with a decisive change of direction of effort when you strike the ball. Pull, rather than push.

In a funny way, you could think of stroking forward to find the ball, backwards when you are in contact with the ball. Meanwhile, the racquet that started under the ball, and now moving upwards to impart topspin, will accelerate very markedly up and across derived from the change of direction with little effort on your part.

 With my best wishes,

Oscar Wegner

Why is USA tennis in the doldrums?

On the surface, we have three, four or five superb tennis coaching organizations, under the USTA, USPTA, PTR, ITA, USHSTA, and more.

What is the problem? Basically, these above follow unnatural, faulty science and not follow some of the most elementary kinetics laws.

The most damaging concept promoted in US tennis is stepping into the ball, which helps the linear effort (linear kinetic energy) but destroys the circular effort (rotational kinetic energy).

Those organizations above, promoting the “similarities” of tennis with baseball and golf, favor the close and/or the semi-open (or semi-closed) stance.

They don’t realize that the open stance helps the linear and circular aspects at the same time! The best top players do it!

Open stance also puts the hand closer to the ball, helping control.

Read this 1992 book for free and decide for yourself what could be wrong. Or the latest Tennis Into the Future DVDs, at

With my best wishes, Oscar Wegner

The professional modern stance

The open stance is the most efficient for tennis forehands and two-handed backhands.

It could also be called the natural stance, or power stance.

Why? Because it is the easiest and most natural way for anyone to hit with.

It avoids undue stress and torque in lower back and knees. The body gets anchored on the outside foot, while the inside foot lifts off the ground, rather than torquing stuck to the ground, and allows the player to apply the power of a natural turn to the stroke.

You can see much more of these details in my videos, books, free YouTube videos, and tips.

And much more. For an extended sample of how these techniques were learned and applied around the world, starting with little kids that are today champions, go to my 1989/92 book:

This chapter alone will blow your errors and your mind as well.

And click on the left links on that chapter to read other chapters as well.

Oscar Wegner

I’ll be in Miami this coming week from the 24th to the 30th or 31st of August for clinics and lessons. If you are interested in getting together, please e mail me at or call me at (727) 735 3293.

I’ll be in Miami in Homestead at 27500 SW 153rd Ave. in a house with two courts.

Conventional errors that affect players

Closed or semi-open stance on forehands and two-handed backhands.

Stepping into the ball. Pushing forward.

Following through towards the target first.

Preparing “early”.

Not tracking the ball studiously AFTER the bounce.

Hitting the ball too flat.

And much more. Go to:

This chapter will blow your errors and your mind as well.

And click on the left links on that chapter to read other chapters as well.

Oscar Wegner

I will be doing a presentation on Saturday August 16th in Los Angeles, California State University Northridge. Coaches and public invited. $15 per person + free DVD (The Best of Oscar, a value of $25) for each attendee,

More info and registration at (or you can pay at event):

How to allow the body to play modern tennis

Modern tennis is based on the ability to place the ball within a target area with not only enough speed but also with enough rotation, especially topspin.

Topspin is usually generated by a windshield-wiper stroke.


Because human beings tend to use their bodies’ natural strength and ability in the most simple and natural manner, and the windshield-wiper motion is the most instinctive natural stroke to perform for the combination of ball speed and rotation to occur. It uses major muscle groups to combine in producing the effort, so the person feels abundant strength to perform an action that keeps the ball in the court while troubling the opponent.

In physics, the kinetic energy of an object is defined as the energy that it possesses due to its motion. That is the power that you want the ball to have in your shot. A strong shot is also called a “powerful” shot.

Another definition of kinetic energy is the work needed to accelerate a body of a given mass from rest to its stated velocity. That could be applied at the body work you need to “strike” that ball to its intended velocity and spin.

So far, simple. Except that in the great majority of the studies in the USA most attention and importance is given to the linear velocity of the ball (also recommending a mostly linear body effort like in baseball). Little importance is given to the rotational aspects of both the resulting shot and also the body work needed to achieve it.

Here is the aspect that has not been addressed: The total kinetic energy of an object in motion can be expressed as the sum of the translational kinetic energy of the center of mass and the rotational kinetic energy about the center of mass. So your shot has a power combination of the linear velocity plus the force of the rotational element. You feel this second part as an added weight on the ball: it seems much heavier when you receive your opponent’s topspin shot into your racquet than on a flatter one.

These considerations are at the foundation of the Modern Tennis Methodology studies. Much has been found, including:

Why the open stance “allows” or “facilitates” the windshield-wiper to occur.

Why a body has more power when charged with an energy from torquing the upper body than from being in more balanced positions (as in “sideways” or “neutral stance”).

Why a human being operates best when seemingly in emergencies where he has to be in present time continuously (The Zone).

How where the ball impacts on your string affects your creative power.

And much more. This will be covered in detail in the above seminar, and in future Newsletters and writings. It is also covered in all of my DVDs, books and works, with the exception that these basics were never emphasized so directly as to provide the extreme difference between modern tennis and conventional, and the factors that impede conventional tennis to succeed to greater heights in this modern age.

Oscar Wegner

I will be having a presentation on Saturday August 16th in Los Angeles, California.

More info and registration at

Revolutionary book:

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Finding the ball

One of the most common things to forget is to find the ball really when playing competitively. A good way to reinforce it is of thinking of touching the ball and then hitting it.
It seems like a very simple technique, but it works like a charm even for pros.
Oscar Wegner, Modern Tennis Methodology
I am in New York (Cypress Hills, Queens) through next Monday July 14th giving private clinics and private lessons. I will be available for lessons here in Queens this Friday, Saturday  after 12 noon, Sunday and Monday all day.
You can reach me at 727 735 3293
With my best regards,

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