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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