Played last Tuesday with my 'work' group (mixed doubles). Was serving pretty well (mostly a flat serve and not much pace), and doing some good net play. Ground strokes often have little preparation and no follow-through. Sometimes I hit one that is formed pretty well, and, to my amazement, it goes in!
Right calf is fine. Right arm is not. And, the arm is not healing as well as it did the first time I injured it. I had a brace on the upper arm, but it seemed that I didn't have it on right. Next scheduled outing is next Wednesday.
I'm a bit concerned about the right arm. I'm thinking of becoming a two-hander at the net and possibly on the ground strokes. Need to find what will keep my arm from continual injury. I'm doing some strength training (haven't since Tuesday), and am using an arm brace (velco-supported wrap). I believe I need to pull it tighter around my arm. I don't have a big serve, and my ground strokes are nothing to write home about. Other than general arm weakness, I'm not sure what else could be aggravating the arm (aside from power strokes that I wack back at the net).
Regarding the arm, any suggestions as to what I can do more of, less of, do instead of, add to what I'm doing,....?
I've begun to analyze a spin serve and what I need to do to hit it. It seems like the racquet face should be pointed to where I want the ball to go, and the path of the racquet head should be moving slightly to the right of the path of the ball (yes, I'm a rightie). If I can add a slice serve to my arsenal, I'll begin to work on the speed of the first serve, both with a flat serve and that slice serve.
Thanks for any suggestions on the slice serve as well.
The return of serve is fairly good -- the biggest downfall is that I don't do much preparation (even for a serve return), and don't do any follow-through. It's a poke or a punch. When I return to the court next Wednesday, my goal is to begin to hit those ground-strokes and returns of serve with the proper form. We'll see how that goes.
In terms of quality of the players, we were partnered 1/4 against 2/3. It's probably obvious (and it's tough to admit) -- I'm the '4'. We lost 7-5, 6-3. I think I won one or two of my service games -- mostly on the strength of my partner, and some mobility issues that exist in the opponents. So, if I can improve my ground strokes, it should be the other way around next week.