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PLAY BETTER TENNIS IN TWO HOURS: Simplify the Game and Play Like the Pros [Kindle Edition]

Oscar Wegner , Steven Ferry
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Can tennis really be this simple?

Just ask the dozens of world-class players who have made it to the top using Oscar Wegner’s groundbreaking approach. But if playing tennis isn’t so easy for you, if you never seem to play up to your potential, don’t blame yourself—blame the coach who taught you a lot of uselessly complex techniques. Play Better Tennis in 2 Hours is your guide to tennis as the pros play it—more intuitive, more fluid, and more fun. World-renowned tennis coach and ESPN commentator Oscar Wegner shows you how to focus your efforts on one thing—hitting the ball correctly. Your own natural athleticism will take care of everything else. Follow the simple drills in this power-packed handbook, and you’ll learn how to:

  • Move to the ball efficiently and fluidly
  • Stop worrying about foot position and stance
  • Hit every stroke harder and more accurately
  • Put a wicked topspin on your forehand
  • Master both one- and two-handed backhands
  • Combine control and power on your volleys
  • Put more speed and spin into your serve and more punch in your return

"Known and respected all around the world, Oscar has given us another great contribution to tennis with this book."—Gustavo Kuerten, three-time French Open champion

"Oscar has broken the mold, demystifying the modern tennis stroke. There's genius in his analysis of pro techniques—the dynamics of what the racquet does to the ball, how power and spin are added. He understands how top pros really stroke the ball, and always have, all the way back to Tilden."—Andy Rosenberg, Director for NBC Sports Wimbledon and French Open



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"Oscar is a great coach. In a few days he helped me regain my strokes and my feel for the ball."-Bjorn Borg, 5 time Wimbledon Champion, 6 time French Open Champion."

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Can tennis really be this simple?

Just ask the dozens of world-class players who have made it to the top using Oscar Wegner’s groundbreaking approach. But if playing tennis isn’t so easy for you, if you never seem to play up to your potential, don’t blame yourself―blame the coach who taught you a lot of uselessly complex techniques. Play Better Tennis in 2 Hours is your guide to tennis as the pros play it―more intuitive, more fluid, and more fun. World-renowned tennis coach and ESPN commentator Oscar Wegner shows you how to focus your efforts on one thing―hitting the ball correctly. Your own natural athleticism will take care of everything else. Follow the simple drills in this power-packed handbook, and you’ll learn how to:

  • Move to the ball efficiently and fluidly
  • Stop worrying about foot position and stance
  • Hit every stroke harder and more accurately
  • Put a wicked topspin on your forehand
  • Master both one- and two-handed backhands
  • Combine control and power on your volleys
  • Put more speed and spin into your serve and more punch in your return

"Known and respected all around the world, Oscar has given us another great contribution to tennis with this book."―Gustavo Kuerten, three-time French Open champion

"Oscar has broken the mold, demystifying the modern tennis stroke. There's genius in his analysis of pro techniques―the dynamics of what the racquet does to the ball, how power and spin are added. He understands how top pros really stroke the ball, and always have, all the way back to Tilden."―Andy Rosenberg, Director for NBC Sports Wimbledon and the French Open

Oscar Wegner is an internationally known professional tennis coach, ESPN commentator, and former tour player. He was the first tennis coach to identify and document the staggering disparities between the simple, fluid game played by the pros and the rigid, overchoreographed techniques taught to new players. Oscar has dedicated himself for more than twenty years to sharing his proven techniques both with new players and with those whose natural abilities have been hobbled by poor instruction. He can be reached at www.tennisteacher.com.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 8265 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press; 1 edition (15 Dec. 2004)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0058MGWHA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #169,383 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.9 out of 5 stars
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50 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book changed my game beyond belief! 13 July 2005
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I just wanted to let people know that along with 'Winning Ugly' by Brad Gilbert which is a great book for the mental side of tennis, this book has to be one of the best Tennis books ever written.
Unlike Winning Ugly, this book is more focused on the technique of play rather than the mental and tactical game, and WOW does this book improve your game quickly.
I was a little dubious about whether my game could be improved in just 2 hours as suggested by the title of the book, but how wrong I was.
The techniques in this book throw a lot of conventional tennis coaching out of the window and instead focus on the way the pro's play and why they do what they do. Your stroke and body movement will improve quickly and if you are anything like me then within just a couple of days I was hitting more consistently and with more power than I have ever done previously, in fact just days after reading the book I played probably my most controlled game ever in an inter-club league match.
This book doesn't just come up with unfounded new ideas, but instead explains why you should play the way it suggests and then demonstrates how the top pro's already do what the book suggests, and best of all at the time of writing, this book isn't one written years ago and talking about old techniques but is based around the current game and talks about such greats as Federer, Safin, Roddick and Agassi.
If you never buy another Tennis Book then do yourself a huge favour and get this one because you won't regret it, loads of photos and written in a very easy to read style, oh yes and if you ever wondered why Tennis is scored in such a strange way (i.e 15,30,40, deuce, advantage etc.) then its worth buying the book just for the explanation, it seems so obvious once you know!
Enjoy...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book kept its promise 29 May 2010
Format:Paperback
I played quite a bit of (not very proficient) tennis as a kid and again in my late 20's and early 30's, but I never really had any meaningful coaching and I was always rather frustrated by the game. It always seemed too easy to hit the ball out and too difficult to keep it in! I took up squash in my late 20's and it became my racquet sport of preference for 15 years. Then, around 9 months ago, after recovering from a nagging leg injury, my wife suggested that I drop squash (which she didn't play) and take up tennis (which she did play and thought we could enjoy together). I duly did so, and (being an avid reader) purchased this book to remind me how to play. I can honestly say it has revolutionised my enjoyment of the game. His concepts of "finding the ball and accelerating only after feeling the ball on the strings" and "the windscreen wiper motion" have transformed me from an inveterate defensive slicer into a far more confident and aggressive topspin player in no time at all. His "topspin first and foremost" philosophy quickly inspired me to try the two-handed backhand (something I hadn't even thought to try before) and, understanding the key swing plane concepts for the first time, it all came to me rather easily to the extent that my backhand is now at least as powerful, effective and consistent (if not more so) than my forehand! Oscar's teachings have also helped me better control my first serve and (more crucially) has absolutely transformed my second serve into a confident and attacking kick serve, rather than just the "bunny" second serve I had at my disposal before. Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely worth a read 22 Mar. 2011
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I was initially disappointed as it looked like a novice's guide to tennis with instructions on the point scoring system, where to stand and serve, how high the net should be, etc, but after revisiting it and looking in more detail it does have some useful tips and insights. For example, Wegner at least knows about the windshield wiper forehand and the hook forehand (using the biceps and pecs as opposed to triceps and back muscles as demonstrated by Nadal and Gasquet for almost every shot) which only advanced tennis players know about.

He also talks about "the wrap finish" which is discouraged by other coaches, and he says it's ok to copy the pros. If you love tennis you will like reading this stuff but the book suffers from a identity crisis - I could condense the useful stuff into 10 pages, but those 10 pages could help your game.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Oscar Wegner has been marketing his "Modern Tennis Methodology" for many years now. Wegner's main hypothesis is that tennis has traditionally been taught in a too complicated way, that the heavy focus on footwork has made it difficult for beginners to improve their hand-eye coordination, that the focus should be on swinging across the body rather than towards the target. He has been disseminating his ideas, which are often, as he freely admits, based on other people's ideas, but most of the time on his observations of professional tennis players, with religious fervor and intense marketing.

Today, many of the things that he is preaching are taught by virtually every tennis coach (such as swinging across the body), others are done by virtually every tennis coach, even though often not explicitly mentioned (such as brushing down and across on volleys), others are more or less exclusive to Wegner (such as his focus on "natural" footwork - surprisingly, as he mentions on his Master Strokes DVD, he does see some value in a split step for advanced players, which somewhat contradicts his usual statement that beginners should learn the same way as the pros). It is clear that Wegner doesn't know very much about physics or about biomechanics, and many of the things that he says should be interpreted figuratively rather than taken literally (for instance when he says that you should start your stroke as soon as you can almost touch the ball - as you can see in his videos he himself starts his strokes earlier than that). I can see many useful things in what he is saying, but sometimes a more balance view would be more conducive than his sermons which at times are rather cult-like.

The main problem that I see with this book is that it is very brief and really aimed at beginners.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Totally Brilliant.
Totally brilliant.
I'm a keen club player and my game has been transformed by the information in this book. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dannyboyboy
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this and change your tennis life
This is certainly the best tennis coaching book I've ever come across. And as a coach and player for many years I've come across a few. Read more
Published 7 months ago by whytey
5.0 out of 5 stars a bible for tennis technique
if you want to pick up tennis, or you are a developed player with technical faults, this is the best and most important book for you!
...how to hit that tennis ball? Read more
Published on 25 Jan. 2012 by emptysea
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for start ups
I agree with the other reviews that best for beginners - which is what I am. Have read certain chapters a couple of times and already my worst shot (singlehand backhand topsin)has... Read more
Published on 30 April 2010 by S. Brittain
2.0 out of 5 stars just not great
I ended up returning the book.

The main problems I had were that the tips you are given are commonly available on the Internet and sometimes in much nicer format than... Read more
Published on 17 May 2009 by Olivier Choquet
2.0 out of 5 stars Good for Beginners
This book is aimed at beginners. Using a different style of teaching from traditional methods, this book would be an enlightening read for many new players to the game of... Read more
Published on 18 Nov. 2006 by Darren
4.0 out of 5 stars Get in FLOW
Revolutionary ideas that will wreck your game (initially) if you follow them!
Bear with them the drils and practices do work.
Thoughtprovoking~ beyond tennis. Read more
Published on 20 Aug. 2005 by John Power
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