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…Continue
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I hope you had the chance to watch both the WTA Championships in Istambul two weeks ago and the ATP World Tour Finals in London last week.
Although it looked like a superb mastery of the game, all performances showed brilliance interspersed with unforced errors galore.
Why is it that champions can make such astounding shots but err so often when the…Continue
Added by Oscar Wegner on November 13, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments
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…Continue
IT IS NOT!
Let me explain.
From baseline to baseline, a groundstroke loses more than half its speed. A forehand hit at 100 MPH at one baseline gets to the other baseline at around 40 MPH. One hit at 50 MPH gets to you at 20 MPH.
A serve hit at 100 MPH gets…Continue
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If you are losing, and you see your opponent is better than you on groundstrokes, there is something you can try. Volley aggressively, do it constantly, and commit to it.…Continue
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It is usually thought that to control the ball you need to slow down your game.
That is, if you lack topspin.
With topspin, you can exert your power without any doubts of your shot landing on the court.
You may hit some balls short, but they are still uncomfortable for your opponent due to the spin.
It is also thought…
Added by Oscar Wegner on October 9, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments
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.
Something fateful happened to tennis in the birth of the 1900s. The Doherty…Continue
Added by Oscar Wegner on October 2, 2013 at 3:00pm — No Comments
In modern tennis you approach the ball with the racquet’s frame, the upper edge, starting from below the ball for topspin, the lower edge, starting…Continue
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Tennis is usually a reflection of the emotional tone level and the technical knowledge or “feel” of the individual. Learning from the emotional “tone scale” research by L. Ron Hubbard, we can see where the individual places himself to play tennis. Anger or fear, apathy, interest, enthusiasm, anxiety; some people are ingrained in an emotional tone level, while others…Continue
Added by Oscar Wegner on September 21, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments
Have you ever used a sponge ball (those oversized orange/yellow now sold for kids) and played it back and forth over the net with your hand?
This is perhaps the most basic and most helpful drill of all.
If you don't have a partner, you can do this drill against a wall or your garage door. Once you are proficient with your hand, then do it with a racquet,…Continue
They succeed unless there is a difficult situation.…
I have tested, for decades, an interesting experiment that has proven helpful to a lot of players, from amateurs to pros. Rather than trying to position your body at a certain distance from the ball, track the ball with your playing hand or hands as if you were trying to catch…Continue