I could practice ground strokes with no problem, but serves were definitely out of the question. By December when I was due to shoot our training DVD I was able to hit very easy serves….at least enough to get my video done.
So what is good about this?
The injury really brought to light the fact that I was muscling my serves and that fact probably contributed heavily to my injury. As I very slowly started serving again I was forced to concentrate on a smooth and fluid service motion. I found that by just standing there i.e., no jumping into the serve, I could hit it just as fast as I could when I tensed up and really cranked it.
Also, during that recovery period I was forced to work on placement of the serve. This has also improved greatly.
One other thing I changed just yesterday while I was practicing on Easter Sunday. I changed my grip slightly toward an eastern backhand grip. Since I’m not hitting as hard as I was pre-injury, I figured I need to put some more action on the ball. This slight change of grip helped me do that.
So, you can see. Sometimes an injury can bring to light changes you need to make in your technique. Yes, it’s a shame when you are injured, but if you take the time to evaluate what happened to you, you just might become a better tennis player.
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