I’ve finally got some semblance of proficiency with regards to one of my most problematic shots in tennis. I’ve been toiling with practicing that shot since time immemorial but it seems to always have escaped me. Many matches have I played, with good results mind you as the percentage of wins I got way outnumber the losses, and it would have been much higher if I manage to be truly adept with my backhand returns.
All of my friends and several people who I played with regularly, know of this particular problem of mine, and in between teasing me and generally making me do that shot, they always beat me with it. I know I should have already gotten better with it, what with it being thrown at me every chance they get, but it remains as my sort of Achilles heel in tennis, the one thing that separates me from the club trophy that I have always longed for.
It was not always this way with my backhand as I was pretty good with it way back when my daddy used to teach me the sport. He sort of passed his passion for tennis to me and I gladly embraced it. We played and played every chance we got, all the while teaching me the basics of the sport, and it truly felt blissful for me to get inside the court, be it grass or clay and even hard paved courts never escaped my attention.
I think it’s really all on my mind this thing with my backhand shot. Maybe a couple of misses here and there sort of solidified in my mind that it was actually a hard shot, something I would miss eventually, and so I always did. I figured that out during one practice game with my best friend a couple of days ago. We were joking around the court while we were playing and kept talking about stuffs. It was only after the game when I realized that I have been doing my backhand returns quite nicely and haven’t missed a single one. Keeping my mind busy about other things seems to do wonders and not really thinking about missing it sort of did a lot of good. So it must really be the mind that is at work here.
Anyways, I’ve got the services of a local coach to teach me more about the shot and also the proper form and positioning for it, to give me the best chance of a successful return. All day we worked on nothing but the backhand shot. He gave me several drills to perform repeatedly so that I would familiarize myself to every nuance of the shot. He told me that repeatedly doing it will develop muscle memory and enable me to do it without thinking too much.
I was dog tired after our session that I even forgot to drink in between routines. I also have this middle back pain that sort of announced itself before we ended our practice. I can’t point out exactly where the pain was coming from as it felt like it keeps changing its location. Generally it’s lower left back pain and must have been the result of too much twisting I did in performing my drills. Maybe it’s some form of cramp or a muscle strain, didn’t know muscle memory included that much muscle pain lol, so much for that, anyways it’s all worth it.