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Humans have an inborn desire to know themselves.

Sports have become not only a discharger of accumulated energy but also a vehicle to show one’s mastery over a simple task, in most cases, of controlling and placing a ball, and a tool to learn controlling one’s body as well.

Whether baseball, basketball, tennis, football, soccer, golf, cricket, squash, badminton, handball, bowling, hockey, lacrosse, ping-pong or croquet, pool or billiards, mastery is, or isn’t a simple thing.

Humans are very special beings, in essence more spiritual that we ever thought we are. There are many philosophies about that, the majority complicating one’s search with misconceptions, other obscuring who we really are.

The real science is that which clarifies not only who we really are, but that one that provides a path to rid of one’s barriers through the dead-ends and labyrinths of one’s life.

While that science makes full appearance, tennis, the way I teach it, tending, trending and threading to an extreme simplicity can lead to great joy. It permits you to feel and strive in that spirit-body connection which is the essence of all great performances in sports.

Thought and mechanics can either be aligned or fight each other. Alignment and simplicity brings you more feel, more calmness, closer to your essence, while added data can make you more solid and complicate the task.

It seems a conundrum, a complicated matter, but the opposite is truth, a simplicity to honor and behold: we are humans, body and spirit, lovely souls in which the spirit is King!

And what is a spirit? Well, JUST FEEL IT!

Feel your hands, feel your racquet, feel the ball, feel your body and feel the simplicity. Feel yourself!

Oscar Wegner

tennisiseasy.com

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The ideal kinetic chain for tennis for a human body is rotational, not linear as commonly taught. Simple changes of motion and direction transform into force. Bruce Lee found that out for Martial Arts.

Oscar Wegner did that for tennis. Open stance and topspin are becoming the major basics of the modern game.

Furthermore, ideal footwork is noiseless gliding, not stepping hard. It is faster and you cover more ground.

Mostly overseas coaches and Richard Williams, father of Venus and Serena, applied Oscar’s teachings to then children, and history has proven Oscar right. Many of those students are the top players of today.

Go to: tennisiseasy.com

(Oscar has new programs in Clearwater, Florida, starting in June 2016)

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With my best wishes,

Oscar Wegner

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In the history of tennis instruction, researched by John Carpenter, 2 champion brothers from England, R.F. Doherty and his younger sibling, 1897 Wimbledon Champion H.L. Doherty, described in a 1903 book how they played, recommending the open stance. In 1904, a self-appointed “expert”, an attorney by the name P.A. Vaile, wrote a book called “Modern Lawn Tennis” in which he contended that tennis was played closed-stance, as in cricket and golf. This notion was then exported to the USA, and cricket replaced by baseball, which fortified also the theory that a tennis groundstroke is a linear, forward effort. To this day, these two erroneous concepts, closed-stance and hit forward through the ball are still thought to be the most acceptable way of starting a child in tennis. Compound this with the idea that you have to prepare early, and you have three immediate barriers to the ease and naturalness of your game.

Because the USA has been regarded as the leader and model in many facets in life, celebrated American coaches and associations who promoted the linear follow-through concept, early preparation and closed stance made a wide impact, which was, in effect, exported back to Europe and spread throughout the world. This was regardless of the fact that most major champions played the forehand topspin across the body and mostly from an open stance, including Bill Tilden, Fred Perry, Jack Kramer, Rod Laver and almost everyone else who has made a mark in the game.

In sports most players copy the best performers in the field. Why was tennis the only sport in which the amateur player should not?

I successfully argued in working with Pancho Segura at the Beverly Hills Tennis Club in 1968 and 1969, after my retirement from the international tour, that we should teach everyone to play like the pros. Pancho saw the results I was achieving and let me experiment with his student body, which included the likes of Charlton Heston, Dinah Shore, the Kirk Douglas family, Ava Gardner, the Robert Taylor kids, and other stars, including the charming Dean Martin Jr., who looked outstanding in his Wimbledon final against Guillermo Vilas in the movie “Players”.

In the span of a decade I had the chance to compete against and practice with players spanning 3 generations, including Rod Laver, Pancho Gonzales, Lew Hoad, Pancho Segura, John Newcombe, Tony Roche, Manuel Santana, Martin Mulligan, Roger Taylor, the Flying Dutchman Tom Okker, Niki Pilic, Boro Jovanovic, Ronnie Barnes, etc, etc. It was then when I was able to observe the huge difference between the way the top pros play and the way tennis was being taught.

Unable to convince USA coaches, I then went to Spain. In 1973 the Spanish Tennis Federation appointed me Junior Davis Cup Captain and one of 3 national coaches in charge of the Federation’s Spanish Tennis School in Barcelona. We had the 28 best Spanish Juniors assembled in Barcelona and I put my ideas to the test. I immediately noticed that these kids were the best in the country because they played like the pros. First opposed by the 2 other coaches, who wanted to enforce the universal linear concept and closed stance on these marvelous “exceptions” to the rule, I insisted that their open-stance forehands and topspin should be maximized. The youngsters loved it, helped me convince the associated coaches, and the results within 2 months were spectacular: our trip to the 1973 Monte Carlo Open resulted in 4 Spanish juniors (and the winner, of course) in the semi-finals of one of the major tournaments in Europe, eliminating from the competition the representatives from the rest of the world. Spain, which had had just a handful of top players, including Manuel Santana (one of my favorite players and a model for the modern forehand) and at the time the buddying Manuel Orantes, would within decades become a major tennis force within the world.

It was at the Orange Bowl in 1973 that I first caught the attention of Bud Collins, the famous tennis historian who would notice the marvels of the Spanish team juniors hitting with such pronounced topspin and open stance. He would later document this in my second book.

I returned to the USA and Florida in 1974 determined to convince the USTA and USPTA to adopt these outstanding techniques. I coached, supported by great results, at Aventura Country Club, The Tennis Club International and Laver’s Racquet Club, but my attempts to reform coaching from the grassroots to the upper level were being scorned by the major US entities in the game. But a former #10 player in the world player I met at Laver’s Racquet Club, Jurgen Fassbender from Germany, invited me for the spring/summer season to Weiden (Cologme) to coach both the juniors and to help him with the main team. My juniors went undefeated that year and I helped Jorgen get the main team up to the Bundesliga.

An invitation to Brazil in 1982 gave me new testing grounds. Working with a small 4-hard-court club owned by the local telephone company, and backed up by a great coach and supporter, Carlos Alves, we created, out of 60 kids, 40 nationally-ranked Juniors, some of them top-10 ranked in the world. Two of them, Gustavo Kuerten and Marcio Carlsson, went on to win the Sunshine Cup for Brazil (the Davis Cup for Juniors). Gustavo, “Guga” Kuerten, by then in the hands of another coach, won 3 French Opens and was #1 in the world in 2000, in a campaign culminating with wins over Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi in winning the World Cup.

What happened in Russia and Eastern Europe?  My donation of my first book,Tennis in 2 Hours, to the Russian Tennis Federation in December 1989 was enthusiastically received. Moscow coaches became immediately aware that their classical coaching style needed to be revamped. Bud Collins, the famous media dean and tennis historian, coming to his Florida winter retreat after his 1990 December first visit to Moscow’s Kremlin Cup, told me local Russian coaches had approached him asking if he knew me and for more of my books. Bud asked me to show proof of my techniques that winter with his family and I obliged, leading to his agreement to write the foreword to my 1992 sequel and on the front cover picture with me. Bud arranged, as well, a wonderful dinner event presentation to the international press in March 1992 at the Miami Lipton tournament, in which he was the MC, where my new book was formally introduced.

Interestingly, Manuel Santana was present at that venue and I presented him with a copy of the book in which I acknowledged, with a personal note and my signature, that he had been an extraordinary influence and inspiration in my coaching in years past.

Kids at Spartak, Moscow’s renown tennis factory of champions and other Russian venues were started, as verified years later by participants, hitting forehands up and across the body and with an open stance from day one. The Real History of Tennis Instruction has pictures of the kids at Spartak in an open stance and translations of Russian coaches emphasizing more feel and more finish, basic tenets I had in my first book. Four and five year olds are seen with Western grips. Daniel Coyle visited Spartak as part of his best seller book  The Talent Code and documented that this academy, with one indoor court in a cold Moscow climate, produced more tennis champions and top tennis players by the first decade of this century from that local area than the entire United States. Furthermore, some of my teachings regarding stalking the ball and accelerating from close to the contact point to the finish over the shoulder were aptly applied and became precept and the norm.

The results were outstanding. Having the combined influence of my techniques and the dedication and focus for which Soviet athletes were famous, it was no wonder that 5 Russian women were in the top 10 in the world by 2004, conquering the French, Wimbledon and US Open titles that year.

In the USA an American father got hold of my techniques via a weekly tennis television show (first called The New Tennis Magazine Show and then The Tennis Television Show, hosted by Brad Holbrook, in which Brad included me exclusively as the Instruction Editor for close to 4 years, and broadcast on Prime Network (now Fox Sports). Richard Williams, using my techniques, built two champions – Serena Williams, with over a dozen Grand Slam titles, and Venus Williams, with 7 more. A big hug and acknowledgement from Richard Williams in 1999 was one of the biggest emotional thrills of my life.

Tennis In 2 Hours” and its 1992 sequel spread across the globe, with 10,000 copies sold by 1993.  Belgrade coaches have reported having the first book in 1991.  Chan Srichaphan, father/coach of Thailand’s Paradorn Srichaphan, had my 1992 book and videos in the late 1990’s and a group of Chinese coaches had asked for my permission to translate the book in 1999.

The influence of these materials, coupled with the 1997-1999 broadcast of the 40 Play Like the Pros, with Oscar Wegner tennis tips on ESPN International, viewed in more than 150 countries and with over 10 billion impressions* (including 2 billion impressions between the 1997, 1998 and 1999 NBA finals with Michael Jordan) stripped conventional tennis lore from its authoritarian grip overseas. Unfortunately, these tips were never seen in the USA .
(*an impression is each time a viewer sees a tip)

The balance of power in tennis would shift. How much of that was due to the adoption of  my techniques by the old world, and how much is due to equipment changes is subject to debate.  Technical advances in rackets and strings would mandate a technical change of course.  Graphite and other materials made tennis rackets much more powerful. The new equipment required more control, which amateur players could not handle with conventional techniques. The way to control this new power was not understood, as illustrated by an initial plan from the industry to introduce stiffer rackets, tighter strings and heavier balls. On the contrary, balls are now slightly bigger and on the lighter side, meaning more air resistance and, as the noted 60% baseline to baseline researched figure indicates, more loss of speed.

Racquet manufacturing is now tending to make rackets more flexible than ever, most likely by demand of top professional players who already thrive on spin and precision with the newer techniques and usually choose rackets with smaller grips, which altogether adds to their ability to maximize the feel of the contact with the ball without losing ball speed nor control. Modern racquets are also lighter, to which professional players respond by adding lead tape where needed, according to their preference of balance, power and control. Racquet custom design is also another custom for top pros.

Racquet strings have developed brilliantly as well, developing additional spin capabilities and response.

More technical discoveries are now at hand. Great players, freer than ever from the chains of conventional misconceptions, are instinctively experimenting with techniques that make tennis more of an art, a powerful but delicate art, emphasizing, within the speed of the game, ease, feel, naturalness and simplicity of movement and operation. The next changes in tennis will not only be in the technical arena but in the mental and spiritual realms as well.

Oscar Wegner

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By Oscar Wegner, tennisteacher.com

Tennis has changed and is bound to change even further.

I was the leader of these changes in Barcelona (1973), Florianopolis (1980s), Moscow (1989), Belgrade (1991), South America (ESPN Latin America, 1990s), Beijing (1999) and more. The USA was exposed to these techniques in the early 1990s (Prime Network, now Fox Sports) but rejected them, fought by the USPTA and PTR.

The conventional, mostly forward concept of a tennis stroke is rapidly disappearing overseas, taking the top tennis rankings by storm. Not in the USA, where coaches still love the conventional, mostly forward way.

Today’s top tennis has components of Martial Arts. Top Martial Arts artists are keenly aware that the instantaneous change of force direction has some powerful and devastating effects on the object so contacted.

In tennis, this discovery has application in very definite ways, paralleling the effects of a whip, where the tip cracks by exceeding the speed of sound.

Roger Federer’s forehand, at its best, is a parallel of a master of Martial Arts.  So are Djokovic, Nadal, Serena and other top stars in many aspects of their game. When they are on, they are magnificent.

So pronounced is the racket-head acceleration that to control the stroke’s power it needs to be deflected opposite the ball’s path, creating spins. Many top players have felt this aspect for years, but very few coaches allow to exert it purely offensively, thus an exaggerated windshield-wiper swing, taming the ball’s velocity, was born instead. One of the most talented players of all time, Lew Hoad, in the 1950s, whom I got to play by chance in a Bilbao, Spain, tournament after his career had waned, had devastating groundstroke ball speed accompanied by direction control.

You approach the ball slowly and suddenly you pull your hand towards you, withdrawing that forward momentum, your body rotating and your hand ending backwards and across your body. The racquet head may accelerate to speeds above 75 MPH. An open stance enhances this move, as it facilitates the body’s rotation.

The ball rotation achieved therein is also a weapon that impairs the facility and accuracy of an opponent’s stroke. Rafael Nadal’s forehand is an example of extreme whip and extreme topspin combined. In shot percentages, Roger Federer’s is the most pure example of achieving ball speed. Nadal’s is oriented to attaining damaging topspin. Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray are geared towards a conservative combination of both until the opportunity to be lethal presents itself.

There is another aspect in tennis that can also be borrowed from the masters of Martial Arts.  It is the ability to slow down time. Although innate to the human spirit, this ability has been buried. The constant pounding of material sciences leads in a different direction than the delicate, ethereal abilities and perceptions of the soul.

Conventional tennis teaching focuses on thinking of not being late, on hurrying to prepare.

Martial Arts demonstrates that not-thinking and waiting, delaying action, actually slows down time. This state of awareness, which tennis players of all levels experience at times and in different degrees and pros call “The Zone”, befits our innate simplicity and makes the game feel like in slow-motion or at least in slower motion, increasing perception, feel and control.

Moreover, intending to use parts of the string bed other than the center helps stabilize the racquet angle, allows you to play loose, and furthers your control. The lower half of the racquet is optimum for groundstrokes, and Serena Williams is an extreme proponent of such in her best performing days.

I played with these innate abilities in 1956. I had a world-class forehand, my own, and embarked on a breakthrough path in no time. My one-handed backhand, which I had copied from Tony Trabert, was a beauty to behold. My backhand slice, copied from Ken Rosewall, one of the best ever in this department, had uncanny accuracy and effect. My serve and overhead smash, both copied from Pancho Gonzalez, were trusted weapons of choice. My volleys, hit across and copied from Lew Hoad and other best examples, were clean and effective.

There is no limit if you copy success in a way that blends with your own nature. I seemed primed for a high future. Then I was offered “help” from “experts”. I listened to conventional lore and changed my forehand, my best stroke. It became erratic. The supreme, unconstrained confidence I had in that stroke was lost. I played the world’s best players in the 1960s in 38 countries, with limited results.

It took me nearly a quarter of a century to come full circle. The result is MTM (Modern Tennis Methodology), a system that rebels against conventional tenets and where all the natural wisdom, feel and instinct of a player falls into place. These techniques, since my first publication in 1989 and consequent TV exposure starting in 1991, have influenced a good part of planet Earth. The latest DVDs, published circa 2009/2010, are very clear in what the future of tennis will be.

Even the William sisters learned, with their father, these techniques.

You owe it to yourself to inspect such far reaching intimacy with the best in this world!

Oscar Wegner – Go to: tennisteacher.com

The Best of Times    

This may be one of the best times to review Modern Tennis Methodology: topspin, open stance, tracking the ball in front, and much more.

The Australian Open showcases the players who have moved onto these techniques and dropped most of the classical tennis methodology.

Open your eyes to these revolutionary techniques, and visit tennisteacher.com and oscarwegner.com

Watch and learn what the top pros are really doing, and you too may improve to a level which is easier, more fun, more natural, and more powerful as well.

Dear Friend,

Welcome to 2014, the year of ultimate evolution. Follow my latest techniques and you’ll be at the top of your game.

I wish you a very happy and prosperous New Year.

The streaming of all my 11 DVD has been completed.

Please check the options and choose which is the best for your needs. The options include several packages, including the Pro Package, with all 11 DVDs streamed,  at $47.

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With my best regards and wishes,

Oscar

Oscar Wegner
oscarwegner.com, tennisteacher.com

 

Tennis and Life

Life seems sometimes difficult. So may tennis.

But neither one is truly difficult, provided you know the tech to handle it.

Study my tapes, discover the simplicity behind tennis, and correlate those teachings and their simplicity to the handling of life.

You can e mail me and ask me any questions you like. I will direct you to some of my videos on tennis, or, if the question is about life and where to learn more about it and its handling, to other areas.

Everything will become easier or simpler.

With my best wishes of a wonderful 2014 and a happy and ever growing prosperity in tennis and in life,

Oscar

tennisoscar@aol.com

Play Like the Pros    

What is wrong with the idea, on the forehand, of turning the body and the feet sideways, taking the racquet back early, stepping into the shot, and following the line of the ball?

Simply, everything.

The reason why the modern forehand is naturally open-stance is two-fold:  1) the open stance keeps the hand closer to the ball, making it easier to find it. Imagine turning sideways similarly to shake hands with another person. You would be unbalanced and reaching uncomfortably across your body for his hand.

2) The modern forehand is circular, across the body, not in the direction of your shot. This makes the contact more of a brush, where you spin the ball and feel it longer, thus having more control than on the straight through-the-ball stroke. 

Beyond that, there is a lot less stress on the lower back, hip, knee and ankle.

Tracking the ball with the racquet in front, just like the pros, has definite advantages as well. The ball slows down appreciably, 60% from baseline to baseline. When you track the ball with the racquet in front and wait till the ball is near to take a complete swing, you observe and adjust to this slow-down and trajectory of the ball a lot better. Early preparation leads to an early swing decision where you still don’t know your contact point.

Unfortunately, tennis is mainly taught sideways, preparing early, stepping forward and hitting through the ball.

You could call this conventional tennis or baseball tennis, and it will derail your progress.

Give a try to the new techniques and decide for yourself what works best. 

And watch my DVDs. Knowledge is power and you could improve beyond what anyone let you believe you could.

Oscar Wegner, TennisTeacher.com

The Riddle     

Misconceptions, false data, even minuscule at times, affect both focus and mechanics, leading to a riddle seemingly profound.

Top pros have found operating ways that they trust by instinct. In general, they are so simple that they defy the norm.

The problem is that what seems so easy from the player’s instinctual viewpoint is generally not fully acceptable for someone else involved.

Players, including top ones, want to improve day in and day out. They seek new ways. More data. Rather than fiercely protecting and improving what they already have, they seek masters for a new viewpoint.

Therefore, change is called upon.

Fortunately, tour pros, rather than trust prevalent lore, are more aware of what works and what does not. Thus, more carefully protect their own beliefs. But are not impervious when they trust someone knows more.

Their only problem is that the pertinent information may be so delicate that any misaligned influence can easily throw the player off.

If they, and you as well, only knew how simple answers are and that the riddles were not natural but self-created within the sport itself, trust in oneself and one’s creations would only grow. Confidence is the result of knowing the precise relationship between cause and effect.

For amateurs, false data, overflowing, is confusing and faults show up abundantly. They may also trust change too much.

But is there change for the better? Look for it, and when you find it, it may be so easy that you’d be surprised.

And that, my friends, is the simplest answer, to the riddle, of all.

Oscar Wegner, TennisTeacher.com

The Best of The Best    

Roger Federer is still full of promise. His recent performances reveal that he is in great shape and playing close with Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal.

All he needs to do is fix a few mishaps on his forehand and regain the confidence in what was at one time the best forehand in the world.

Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Juan Martin del Potro are superb performers, but Roger, technically, is still the best player that ever lived, while Serena is his female counterpart.

I had the privilege to practice or compete with several generation players, from Pancho Gonzalez, Rod Laver, to John Newcombe and more, and coach Guga Kuerten and Bjorn Borg for his second comeback. None were as complete and as gifted as Roger. He has a new dimension of efficiency and natural use of the body for every tennis task.

I would venture that if he can get rid of a few misconceptions that have impaired his timing and strokes, he could be, in 2014, on the driver’s seat once more.

And for yourself, keep this in mind:

How does the body work best through any stroke? Actually, it is with a lift, not by staying down like the fables of old. Even on modern volleys, the body goes up while the arm strikes down and across with a stop. Conventional coaching differs: “Stay down“, “Follow the ball“. It has many misconceptions, in fact more than 20 trite ideas that make tennis a much more difficult sport than it actually is.

More at: http://tennisteacher.com/Secrets.html
and http://tennisteacher.com/eBook.html

Oscar Wegner, TennisTeacher.com