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Rhythm and Timing: Oscar Wegner Got It Right

Stalk the ball. Find the ball. Rip the ball. Oscar Wegner is absolutely correct about the rhythm and timing of top hitters and I think his insight is still not well understood. Hopefully my site can confirm what Oscar brilliantly discovered, perhaps 30 years ago.

Watch how Coria and Hewitt don't "take the racket back" right away. Instead they are "stalking" the ball. Getting a feel for the incoming ball. And delaying so that they can meet the ball at just the right time - not too late...or too early.

Instead of "swinging fast" into the ball, these players work first on alignmnet - or what Oscar calls "finding the ball". They get hand, arm, body and racket properly positioned behind the ball first. Then they accelerate with the force of the hand and shoulder in a windshield wiper motion.

Traditional tennis concepts can really screw up your timing of. Take the racket back right away. Long stroke from back to front. Finish out in front of the body. These traditional concepts separate the forceful power of your body from the ball, and they really screw up the natural spring and timing that top players tap into on every ball.

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The Rhythm of Top Hitters is the Same:
Stalk the ball.  Find the ball.  Rip the ball.

The Rhythm of Top Hitters is the Same:
Stalk the ball.  Find the ball.  Rip the ball.