Our teachings, Modern Tennis Methodology, MTM for short, are totally natural, efficient, and non intrusive.
After all, it is you, the being, the spirit, who plays tennis, not the mind (read THINKING) with a bunch of ideas that complicate the process and your performance in the game.
The hands and the feel of the ball are all you need to focus on. You learned how to walk and run when you were two or three years old. Your feet will take you anywhere you want to go without even a thought.
Look, don’t think, and as you do that, LOOK how the ball changes speed. Tennis is a SLOW GAME. What makes it FAST? Using your MIND, THINKING.
Relax, move, execute and FEEL above all. Forget the power. You have it within.
Touch and feel the ball!
What’s the secret?
It is the extreme simplicity of a NO-THOUGHT-ALL-FEEL STATE, so intense but so focused that time expands.
If at times you’ve had such an experience you would know how serene, how all-feeling you can connect to action yourself!
For Martial Arts, Bruce Lee said “Be Like Water”!
For Tennis, Oscar says, “Be Like Air”. It’s everywhere!
I wish you the happiest of holidays and a wonderful 2017.
We reinstated the Holiday 50% discount on all products until midnight January 2nd. Use the discount code “2016”.
With my best wishes and regards,
Roger is back on track for his comeback in 2017.
Two things will be the clue to his success, provided he regains his speed of foot:
FIRST, his extreme technical simplicity, which most observers call his incredible fluidity.
SECOND, his forehand open stance, which was compromised by an unfortunate one year stint, an intense training scenario from a very known coach he highly respected.
The miscue? “Step into the ball”, repeated over and over! Federer questioned why he was asked to do that (he had the best forehand in the world at the time this started) and he was told he needed such important fundamental.
Sadly, he complied, and the extreme accuracy (and confidence) in his forehand was gone. It was one year that cost him several Grand Slams he could have won on his own. Plus a deviation from the extreme fluidity he had had!
Beware of such specious and damaging ideas that can make you think of your feet and take away from the ultimate truth: tennis is a game of hand-eye coordination exclusively, not hand-eye-foot! You learned to move naturally when you were two or three years old!
Step into the ball and close stance are perhaps the biggest barriers to tennis prowess, although insisted by 90% or more of coaches today!
From today December 10 through Sunday December 18 all products on oscarwegner.com, including streaming of all DVDs, are discounted 50%. Use this opportunity to become familiar with all the revolutionary techniques that will propel your game to new heights. The code for the 50% discount is “2016”.
With my best regards and wishes for a very Happy Holiday Season,
Why Great Players Are Not (Necessarily) Great Coaches
In 1968 Oscar Wegner took a position at the Beverly Hills Tennis Club as Assistant Coach to Pancho Segura. Wegner had spent five years on the international tour playing and practicing with many of the greatest names in tennis, and when he made the transition to coaching the first thing he noticed was that tennis was not being taught the way it was played by the pros. When he asked Pancho why this was so, the masterful Segura had no answer and gave Oscar permission to find one with many of his celebrity clients. During this period Wegner tested and developed a revolutionary new way of teaching tennis that he would later name Modern Tennis Methodology (MTM). Over the next two decades Wegner worked successfully with countless players…
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In the video below Jim McLennan notes that “Swivel Discs will truly unlock your feeling for balance and rhythm – where your strokes flow from the center – and the most useful analogy is whether the tail is wagging the dog (this is bad) or you are wagging (so to speak) your arm and racquet.”
However, there are some data contained therein which could lead even the most dogged tennis enthusiast “a-stray”.
In the above demonstration a few things go against natural movement and the modern tennis techniques of the pros :
- Although it may be fun and useful for overall balance and coordination to twist the body on swiveling discs, this motion bears no relationship to actual movement of the feet in tennis. The player will pivot on the balls of his feet when loading for a groundstroke or when turning on the run, but in no case would he…
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