When we hit the ball there are two different stresses present.
- The first and obvious one is the impact with the ball (we all feel that!)
- The second is the stress and tension in the arm as we tighten up, trying to control the ball.
The problem is that the second stress, the stress in the arm is almost totally hidden by the impact with the ball.
This second stress varies hugely from player to player. The great ball strikers experience little stress and the players who appear to put huge effort into the stroke and yet rarely generate power experience a lot of stress at impact. But is the feeling of this stress is hidden, then how can we change, adjust and improve.
A simple but great solution is to take either an old racket, or a racket that requires restringing and remove the strings.
Now have another player or a coach throw you balls. It is a very strange and funny feeling as you try to hit the ball and experince nothing as the ball flies through the strings.