What does it mean and what does it feel like?
I started thinking about it today when I noticed something about my shoes that I have been wearing for a few months now. The main wear and tear comes from tennis, second from running and third from normal use. Now running and normal use are about symmetric as they get, what happens to one shoe happens to the other. Equally. I don't go around hopping on one leg or stepping one foot harder than the other ro things like that. But I noticed my shoes don't wear out evenly. My right wears out a little more in some areas than my left. So when I walk evenly briskly, my left shoe actually goes 'tap' like a dress shoe would and my right doesn't. I have a little sorta OCD when it comes to symmetry and balance and even-ness in most aspects of my life. So this bothered me.
So I went back to my tennis and actually thought about it and realized something a little discomforting. When I do play at what I would call my peak intensity when I am focused on playing perfectly and I play crisply, I move a lot more. When I hit the ball I am always in what I feel and think is good balance. I hit how I want to hit and that's that.
I don't think I am creating any extra pressure on one leg or the other at all.
But am I? I do more often than not feel the soreness in my right knee and right leg mroe than the left one. That's a fact that I have always simply tried to overlook. Obviously the serve and some shots give uneven forces on each leg. But is it enough to actually make me feel more sore in my right leg and wear out my right shoe faster?
Is this normal? Or am I subconsciously putting more on my right leg than my left? What I think is a even split step, is it really not that even? When I think I am back in the center and ready for the ball to come either way, am I unconsciously leaning or ready to spring off my right leg?
Do you feel like you put more pressure on one leg or another? I am a righty and my right leg is almost surely I think under more pressure, now that I think about it. I don't know why and its not something I like or try to do.