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I thought this might be fun. I ask my students to come up with a few questions for Oscar. Remember Oscar, there kids!!! Q- from Jade- If the pros play the same way, why are Federer and Nadal so much better than everybody else? Q- from Travis- How did you discover finding the ball with your hand? Q- from Hannah- On groundstrokes, Real high balls, i'm afraid to push up, how do I get over that? Finally, Q from Kota- On approach shots, my coach says it's better to approach down the middle or down the line, when your opponant is crosscourt from you, 2 reasons, you would have to be a world class spinter to get in position to cover if you did go crosscourt, it's easier to cover the angles if you do what he says, what do you say? Oscar, good luck!!!

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Oscar, thank you so much! Jade is a serve and vollyer who has a big serve and wanders why every pro is a baseliner. Travis solved his forehand woes with the find it with your hand method. Hannah is a power baseliner who forces a lot of shortballs in rallies. Kota, she's the thinker, an all court player who also excels in doubles with Jade. Maybe the reasons for the certain questions!! Again, thanks so much!!!
Answers in order:

Q- from Jade- If the pros play the same way, why are Federer and Nadal so much better than everybody else? Because they have less misconceptions, or they focus more on their feel more than the others. Even Federer had a low point because he tried new coaches and they did not have the right answers.

Q- from Travis- How did you discover finding the ball with your hand? Wouldn't you havediscovered it if you had so much exposure to the game and to the top players as I did? Read the Real History of Tennis Instruction, by John Carpenter at http://www.moderntenniscoaches.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=20&t=1... You'll see what a maze of misconceptions the field has been.

Q- from Hannah- On groundstrokes, Real high balls, i'm afraid to push up, how do I get over that? In practice, hit them hard and with a lot of topspin, you'll see them curve down. You'll get used to it and it should be fun.

Finally, Q from Kota- On approach shots, my coach says it's better to approach down the middle or down the line, when your opponant is crosscourt from you, Your coach is good, it is to give less angle to your opponent's passing shot. But there is a third option, that Federer has perfected, a short slice crosscourt, very low. Federer either comes forward, and the opponent doesn't have an angle to pass him, from a very low position, or he moves in a little bit and passes the opponent easily. 2 reasons, you would have to be a world class srpinter to get in position to cover if you did go crosscourt, it's easier to cover the angles if you do what he says, what do you say? I agree, but it all depends on the other player. If he has a weak backhand, wouldn't you be better off approaching low to that side? So the game is filled with options, some are better than others, you just have to be in present time and perceive your opponents weaknesses, strengths, and his patterns.

Best wishes, and say hello for me to your coach.

PS. If you have trouble going to the Real History ot Tennis of Tennis Instruction, go to www.tennisteacher.com and scroll down to Carpenter's article near the bottom of the home page.
I thought you all might like to get in on this topic - it's a good one:

http://www.tennisopolis.com/group/pros/forum/topic/show?id=1869403%...
Oscar this is Kota, I have tried to go to weak backhand crosscourt on the approach, they just stick the racquet out an d get awinner by me. I like the slice idea, i can slice low, short and soft and they would have to hit up to me. Pretty good idea, Thanks.... Kota.

Oscar Wegner said:
Answers in order:

Q- from Jade- If the pros play the same way, why are Federer and Nadal so much better than everybody else? Because they have less misconceptions, or they focus more on their feel more than the others. Even Federer had a low point because he tried new coaches and they did not have the right answers.

Q- from Travis- How did you discover finding the ball with your hand? Wouldn't you havediscovered it if you had so much exposure to the game and to the top players as I did? Read the Real History of Tennis Instruction, by John Carpenter at http://www.moderntenniscoaches.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=20&t=1... You'll see what a maze of misconceptions the field has been.

Q- from Hannah- On groundstrokes, Real high balls, i'm afraid to push up, how do I get over that? In practice, hit them hard and with a lot of topspin, you'll see them curve down. You'll get used to it and it should be fun.

Finally, Q from Kota- On approach shots, my coach says it's better to approach down the middle or down the line, when your opponant is crosscourt from you, Your coach is good, it is to give less angle to your opponent's passing shot. But there is a third option, that Federer has perfected, a short slice crosscourt, very low. Federer either comes forward, and the opponent doesn't have an angle to pass him, from a very low position, or he moves in a little bit and passes the opponent easily. 2 reasons, you would have to be a world class srpinter to get in position to cover if you did go crosscourt, it's easier to cover the angles if you do what he says, what do you say? I agree, but it all depends on the other player. If he has a weak backhand, wouldn't you be better off approaching low to that side? So the game is filled with options, some are better than others, you just have to be in present time and perceive your opponents weaknesses, strengths, and his patterns.

Best wishes, and say hello for me to your coach.

PS. If you have trouble going to the Real History ot Tennis of Tennis Instruction, go to www.tennisteacher.com and scroll down to Carpenter's article near the bottom of the home page.

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