Coaches philosophies....

Discussion in 'General Pro Player Discussion' started by JohnThomas1, Apr 19, 2004.

  1. JohnThomas1

    JohnThomas1 Professional

    Apr 13, 2004
    Hi guys, what do you think of some various coaches and their ideals?

    Oscar Wegner - I got some good stuff from his book and video's, but found some of his teachings hard to take. His ideals are very enigmatic at times of course. Got great milage out of the "catching the ball with the non hitting hand on the overhead concept" but found his volleying and half volleying tips difficult. The slice backhand tip (Let the ball pass the hand into the raquet) also didn't really hit the spot. I must say at he did me an awesome deal on the discs tho :)

    NB - There's a lot of sifting to do at times but i have nabbed some great tips out of some of his books and tapes. This guy really knows his stuff on the forehand when he gets serious.

    Vic Braden - I learnt to play tennis from Vic's first book "Tennis For The Future" and never looked back. His pro topspin ideals had me playing decent tennis almost overnight. Some of his teaching now may have dated, but his stuff remains superb for the common player.

    Tom Avery - I find the vast majority of Tom's teaching to be exact carbon copies of Vic's, it is easy to see he has copied him. Not necessarily bad that.

    Joseph Jennings - I found his productions basic at times but solid as a rock. The man knows how to teach and is full of enthusiasm. Looks to hit an ok ball too. Good solid instruction tho not that much there for the advanced player i felt.

    Anyone got any others to plug or comments to add?
  2. JohnThomas1

    JohnThomas1 Professional

    Apr 13, 2004
    I guess everyone in this board only watches tennis :p
  3. predrag

    predrag Professional

    Feb 18, 2004
    Ann Arbor, MI
    Probable reason why nobody responded to your post is that this post should be
    in the Tennis Tips.

    However, I have not read any book, except that I skimmed V.B. Tennis For the Future.
    I went trough the PTR certification material and attended the Workshop. Not tested yet.
    I have started tennis 20 years ago when I took 10 lessons from the instructor back in Serbia.
    What he told me then (I still remember every single word, the guy was terrific) is very much
    in sinc with Braden's preaching. Except volleying for the beginners :)
    Since then, keeping an open mind and ears I progressed a LOT, but I would say
    that Braden's method is quite solid, for me.

    Regards, Predrag

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