Tennis is Easy      

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 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.

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.

Learn REAL Modern Tennis and enjoy the game! Try these techniques and you be the judge.

Oscar Wegner, TennisTeacher.com




Comments (2)
  1. John Virgin Reply

    I have been developing a teaching regimen designed around biomechanics, neurology, and an understanding of the physics of motion. I teach tennis by this method. I believed I was alone. Doug Neuman mentioned that I sounded like someone he knew, YOU. I bought your book, read it and am elated.
    How could I have been a “student of our game for over 40 years. I started with Tilden’s Match Play and the Spin of the Ball.
    I think I have finally found a kindred soul.
    John Virgin

  2. Lenny Schloss Reply

    Very well stated. The truth is we are born with instincts to play ball sports like tennis. The scanning tracking and focusing skills required to time the ball are used everyday off the court to survive drive cars find lost objects and
    Hit still ones.
    By over coaching these instincts we break down our visual system so that
    Most shots are miss timed and therefore off balance at contact
    The result is improper technique is repeated and most if the time this happens in the last 3 feet before contact. Over instruction is a major cause
    Billie Jean King’s Eye coach http://www.theeyecoach.com is a major step forward for coaches and players to strengthen the eye at contact for improved balance power accuracy and simplify the game. There are 17 shots to be practiced at home and the results are guaranteed in 5 hours
    Tennis is moving towards simplifying and using what is natural to our body and feel
    The eye coach is another major step in this new direction for the players coaches and the future of the sport
    Way to go Oscar!


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