<%@LANGUAGE="VBSCRIPT"%> The Wegner Method of Modern Tennis Instruction


  Sampras                        Agassi                           Chang    

  Tennis in the USA today

Why hasn't been America producing abundant top players, like Spain, following in the footsteps of Sampras, Agassi, Courier, Chang...?  

Why is tennis participation so stagnant in the United States, while other sports are flourishing and growing fast, like golf and soccer?

Why do the USTA*, the USPTA* and the USPTR* fail to attract  a larger number of participants to the game?  *United States Tennis Association, United States Professional Tennis Association, United States Professional Tennis Registry.

Under the direction of these associations, tennis throughout the US continues to be taught in a conventional, rote, antiquated way, with few exceptions. Students are given unworkable concepts such as "take the racket back as soon as you see the ball coming," "hit through the ball," "stay down through your stroke," "point your racket to the target on the follow-through of your forehand."

Conventional books on the subject reinforce these points and disseminate an unnatural way to play tennis.

Even though some of the great players of all time, like Tilden, Budge, Kramer, Laver, Borg, Lendl, King, Navratilova, Evert on her backhand, Graf, Sampras and Agassi "stalked" the ball with the racket instead of taking it back right away, and stroked the ball brushing it rather than square on, it was assumed that these players were just "different" or "geniuses" and that they shouldn't be copied.

To top off the confusion, many top players wrote books about the game in which they were unable or unwilling to confront the conventional system head on and to transfer into print what they actually felt when they stroked the ball. Some, like Rod Laver**, went to the extent of changing his strokes when posing for photographs for his book, trying to conform to conventional teaching. Others, like Kramer**, coached stroking for years that was radically different from what made him world champion.

However, there were notable exceptions. Ivan Lendl in his book "Power Tennis" talks of "vicious topspin" and correctly describes the role of topspin in the modern game. Bjorn Borg, one of the great geniuses of the modern game, describes in his book "Borg by Borg," how he refused to bow to pressure to change his heavy topspin strokes when he was a youngster.

Students of the game and players can also be confused when they listen to coverage of major tournaments on television and hear false (conventional) instructional data. Even the great John McEnroe, as marvelously gifted and colorful as a commentator as he was as a player, speaks frequently of early preparation, racquet back, etc. He may not be taking into account that at the height of his game he "stalked" the ball, rather than preparing early, moved very naturally with no attention to the position of his feet, and that he "brushed" the ball with tremendous feel.

** Wegner was practicing with Rod Laver in Hollywood, Florida, in 1971 when photographs for Laver's book were taken. He also discussed with Jack Kramer in the early 90's the difference between the conventional tennis teaching system and the way Jack played when he was world champion.

  Truth revealed

Wegner reveals a totally new way to analyze the game of the top pros and how to apply the principles learned to teach and coach the game. These techniques work quickly and like magic.

Although embraced by individual tennis teachers who have become familiar with Wegner's work, his system is considered heresy in the United States by the governors of the tennis teaching profession, which are abundantly informed of these new techniques.

The establishment does not want to mend their approach in this critical technical area, knowing such change would be an indication of a waste of more than 20 years of failed development programs costing tens of millions of dollars, of hundreds of thousands of misguided teaching hours, of heading in the wrong direction the educational process and of protecting and encouraging tennis instruction that ruins hand-eye coordination from the first minute you take up the game.

Oscar's influence, two very talented girls and an intelligent father/coach create superb success.

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