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The open stance forehand has been maligned for quite some time, in favor of stepping into the ball.

This is an illusion, contrary to the best of human performance.

The most powerful, efficient and most effective kinetic chain starts rotation on the same side foot as your hitting hand, like in Martial Arts.

Rather than pushing forward, the hand pulls from the racquet, which accentuates its acceleration, as in a whip.

The left foot, for a right hander, leaves the ground during this forehand, helping pull across and backwards in an arc.

Instead of hitting on the line of the ball, as predominantly taught, realize that the best strokes are rotational.

One intends not only to apply rotation to the ball, as in topspin, but also to apply rotation to the body, maximizing its most efficient effort to power the ball and to have it land in the court.

Two-handed backhands are similarly pulling from the racquet, most efficiently loading on the left foot and open-stance. Serena and Venus Williams are a prime example of this technique.

The one-hander, slightly different, pulls across and backwards with your back.

Try this technique and you’ll see great improvement, not only to your power and topspin, but also in your ability to get your shot, no matter how hard, to land within the court.

The top pros, in their best days, do it easily. Roger Federer, who has my book and Master Strokes videos since April 2005, is back to his old days of success on groundstrokes, supplemented with a persistent attack.

One word of wisdom, here, track the ball closely with your hand/hands, then pull across, to avoid mishits.

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Conventional tennis is DEAD! Learn WHY closed or semi-open stances and stepping into the ball can kill your game!

WHY linear tennis and hitting through the ball can kill your feel!

WHY brushing and pulling across on a circular motion is far superior and will help your feel, power and control and your body’s HEALTH!

No more tennis elbow, no more lower back, hip and knee pain!

The top pros do it easily! So should YOU! or

The Zone

Focusing (and the Zone) is basically shutting off the mind and just plainly looking, observing, feeling.

You may think it’s like “meditation”, but actually is a shut-off of the mind. In other words, a different kind of operation than what we get used to by thinking.

Very young kids are very good at it, until they are “schooled” or taught that thinking is very important. It may be, but in tennis the key is observation (looking) and staying in present time. I usually have players count to five, one exactly at the bounce, then two, three, four and five, five is your stroke.

There is so much time in tennis that sometimes you have to make a pause between 4 and 5. This is not immediately grasped, as the mind makes tennis look fast, but the ball, from baseline to baseline, actually loses 60% of the speed, measured on hard courts at the US Open!

Serves, coming from higher, lose 55% of the speed.

You can count silently. Once you get used to counting, you gradually develop this awareness that time is slower, that time expands.

That’s how you get in the Zone, as described by so many great athletes and top tennis players! (and my students)

Give counting a try!

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Reinforcing Instinct and Independence

A very simple but important drill is to have the student walk slowly backwards while stroking several balls fed gently and sequentially by the teacher.

I have done this drill even with pro level students.

Why? To reinforce the independence of the arm, hand and racquet from footwork, to track the ball well into its arrival into the hitting zone, and to maximize the simplicity of instinct.

Players are subject to many emergencies during match play. There is no point in adjusting your feet, your position, your distance to the ball and more, complicating the process, rather than getting to the ball and striking in the most natural way possible. This includes adjusting the hand to achieve your goal, your aim. The rest of the body, as you’ll observe, will help the hand.

Coaches need to pay heed to the player’s feel and instinct by slowing down the action in drills and practicing simplicity and minimizing the instruction as well, so the same tracking and computation can be used in any emergency and any speed of the ball.

Trust you instinct, trust your feel, trust YOURSELF!

Oscar Wegner

I will be in Atlanta, Geogia, for a series of clinics and presentations, including those of several prominent Modern Tennis Methodology coaches, next September Friday 11th, Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th.

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I saw in a discussion that there was a question whether instinct can be taught.

I would define instinct as the computation of the real being within the person, the soul, the spirit.

This instinct has been influenced by billions of year of evolution, and it affects the general survival efforts of the person, family, groups, humanity as a whole, living things, the physical universe, the spiritual world, and infinity or God. *

The desire of a person to excel on any action, including tennis, is based on that. So the tennis teacher is bringing awareness in this area to the student, who adds good information to his instinctual repertoire. The trouble would come if the student (and teacher) is mislead by wrong, false data. Then the student gets derailed, and instead of causing good effects to his liking, he usually fails. So not only instinct can be taught (improved, make more precise) but can also be modified.

The problem lays on so many complications that seem to be the tendency in human nature: too much data, too many misconceptions, too many unnatural and added moves.

Kids learn to walk best on their own. They don’t need to be taught. And those who are being taught how to walk and “tennis footwork” usually don’t become the best athletes. Especially in tennis, why? Because they think of their feet, when the hand is the major cause of angles, speeds, feel, and the like, and the feet move instinctively as they discovered as a one, two or three year old.

As a teacher, I would become first an observer. See what the student likes. Few directions, show him how some top pros play and see if he likes it, and accept the student’s likes and likes-not. Everyone has a different reality, sometimes slight differences, sometimes huge. Like them how they are, make them right, gently, avoid labeling the student “wrong”!

Oscar Wegner

* Based on the Eight Dynamics in life, discovered by L. Ron Hubbard. Also: Freedom Magazine 

Oscar Wegner shows how the body likes rotational moves more than hitting with linear efforts. All the top pros use mostly Oscar’s type of moves and strokes, simpler, more efficient, more natural and more powerful when wanted.

Serena an Venus Williams learned with Oscar’s techniques and both were number one in the world. Roger Federer has Oscar 2005 book and the Master Strokes I and II videos since April 1st 2005. Learn it yourself!

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Learn what changed tennis around the world, exemplified by:

Serena Williams, who learned with this system as a very young child and is still #1 and the best female player ever, and her sister Venus, top player as well.

Roger Federer, who has Oscar’s book and the Master Strokes videos since 2005.

Spain as a country: Oscar changed the coaching in the National School in Barcelona, resulting in a multitude of top players from Spain.

Coaches in Moscow and Belgrade, influenced by Oscar’s 1989 book, started little girls with these techniques. Russia, in 2003, had five players who started in the same academy in the top ten women in the world. Belgrade had three top players as well.

Oscar’s ESPN International commentary for Latin America from 1994 to 2000 revolutionized coaching there, producing more top ranked players. But ESPN domestic passed on it, deeming Oscar’s “Play Like the Pros” tips too controversial, limiting the technical advances in this country.

Tennis Magazine criticized the first book as too simplistic in a 1990 editorial and never mentioned Oscar’s advances again, favoring their old advisors, also keeping the USA in the dark!

Oscar Wegner

Oscar Wegner has reformed tennis for Europe, Asia and Latin America. Now it’s the turn for the USA to surpass everyone else!

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Tennis is easy to learn, to play, to teach and to enjoy. The shocking truth is that tennis has been made difficult. So ingrained is the false data accepted as truth about a century ago that it has affected, to this day, coaches, commentators, sports writers, even pros.

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Something fateful happened to tennis in the birth of the 1900s. The Doherty brothers, one of them a former Wimbledon champion, published a book in 1903 in which they described tennis as a game of circular motions, well adapted to the body, natural moves and positions, hitting across the ball, and a game of feel. In 1904 P. A. Vaile, an attorney, wrote a “classic” book called Modern Lawn Tennis in which he described tennis as linear, similar to cricket, where the body is sideways and the stroking effort is forward, practically defacing what the Doherty brothers had published. This 1904 so-called “Modern Tennis” book became the worldwide mantra for learning tennis for the more than 100 years that followed. In America, for a century, tennis has been taught as similar to baseball, again sideways and with a forward effort when hitting the ball.

Even some of the greatest players of all time fell for these misconceptions and wrote book after book that did not reflect the way they played themselves. And this saga continues, perhaps somewhat modified, through present time.

What changed in the 1990’s in Europe, Asia and South America, shown by a plethora of new stars thereof? Simply, my 1989 and 1992 books, widely accepted in those continents, and my 1997, 1998, 1999 ESPN International tips across more than 150 countries, with billions of impressions, shattered those misconceptions and created a new generation of coaches and youth who rose to their personal best. What happened in the USA? Tennis Magazine derided my 1989 book. Their editorial staff called it simplistic, ineffective and unrealistic, forewarning their readers without even trying the techniques. The coaches associations’ educational staff shunned it as well, ridiculing it, misleading their 30,000 plus members and the public those coaches served. Why? Their educational resources and know-how would have been shown to be faulty and their reputation compromised.

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This long-time misrepresentation in the USA has had a negative impact on both the business of tennis as well as competitive performance toward national excellence. Based on this single false datum, instructors and the organizations dictating how tennis should be coached have created unnecessary complications, resulting in non-optimal performance and a resultant failure to succeed. Worse still, it perpetuated an atmosphere of strain on coaches and their players, imposing excessive effort and force in both teaching and playing techniques, including pain to elbows, lower backs and knees. Failure to recognize, as already proven, and implement that tennis is easy constitutes an abuse of the privilege and responsibility within the tennis teaching profession, and is an affront to the public seeking expertise and guidance in being introduced to and coached to the highest possible levels of competence in this wonderful sport.

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Oscar Wegner

Have you ever realized how easy tennis can be?

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With my best wishes,

Oscar Wegner and

Tennis Can Be Natural

There are two main type of forces in nature: linear and rotational.

You can see that with planet Earth, which seems to travel linearly in space around the Sun while rotating daily unto itself.

Even atoms, which are considered the smallest indivisible pieces of matter behave similarly. Nature is savviest. We humans have nature within ourselves.

There is a plain secret, though. Linear travel is usually rotational, a curve on itself.

Some tennis players try to defy nature. They try to hit linearly. Impossible. Why? It’s only the imagination that makes you see it as such. It’s also the imagination that makes you see your targeted tennis court as two-dimensional when in reality height is a staple entity you have to deal with.

Tennis is curves. The sooner you see it as such, the faster you’ll progress. Play with nature. Add to nature’s natural attraction in the form of gravity your own spin.

When? From the beginning, my friend! Brush up and across the ball! Sometimes spin it under! It’s a different feel!

Oscar Wegner