Lost my forehand, some help please!

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  1. Zachol82

    Zachol82 Professional

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    Been hitting for 4-5 years now and I've been playing college tennis for 2 years so far and never once have I completely lost my forehand. Yea, I'm pretty worried.

    I think I know the cause of this, but I just need some help on how to get over it. Please read it all if you have the time since I also describe my condition.

    I was swimming about a week ago and jammed my ring finger as I approached the side wall of the pool without looking. Needless to say it was pretty painful. I literally could NOT move my ring finger for the entirety of that day. However, I woke up in the morning and even though my finger was bruised and swelling, I was able to move it.

    I immediately got worried about my performance in tennis so I went out that morning and to my relief I was still able to hit. Granted, there was definitely pain whenever I made contact with the ball, but I was still able to hit pretty consistently once I dropped my power a little.

    I recently hit JUST yesterday and was playing completely fine, maybe not 100% but a good 85%. Today, however, I completely, and I mean COMPLETELY lost my forehand. I'm so freaked out right now I don't know what to do. My forehand is that of a 1.0 right now; I cannot even tap the ball over on my forehand, there is absolutely no control.

    My ring finger is in less pain but it just feels extremely stiff, could this be the reason for my horrible forehand? I do notice that when I grip a racquet, I put most of the pressure on my pinky, ring finger and middle finger. I also feel as if my body wont let me swing through the ball naturally because of the pain, which isn't much anymore but my body keeps reacting like it is still in a lot of pain.

    What should I do? Keep playing and it'll eventually go away? Completely rest until my finger fully heals? I have to switch to my left hand now? I'm doomed for life? :[
     
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  2. aimr75

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    i think youre over reacting.. just take it easy, let the finger heal, then get back into it.. youre probably thinking too much about the finger and losing focus on the tennis as a result
     
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  3. ManuGinobili

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    Go to your college's trainer or a doctor? This sounds more like a medical problem and you shouldnt seek advice on that on this forum if you have the access to professionals.
     
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  4. user92626

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    So, does that mean ignore this very advice of yours also? So, confusing.

    j/k
     
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  5. LeeD

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    Wait til injury heals, then play tennis.
    Believe it or not, I couldn't play tennis after breaking my tib/fib in 11 places, with 6 screws, wire, one plate, and one pin installed.
    Took 3 years before I could play.
    But of course, I was mature enough to know I can't play when injured.
     
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  6. RogerRacket111

    RogerRacket111 Semi-Pro

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    Just take rest. People lose forehands and backhands even when they don't get injured. I couldn't hit my shbh for about 6 months bcos I had tennis elbow. But it all comes back when your physically well. I think your over thinking this.
     
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  7. Chanto

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    If your finger is holding you back, then you should definitely feel some sort of loss on the serve. If your serve is holding up fine, then I would think that it's just mental.

    Of course, give it some time to heal, I doubt that the injury is tennis impeding, but get it checked for confirmation before you go out and hit.
     
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  8. Blake0

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    I'd say rest up and see a doctor/trainer, your body tends to automatically make adjustments in your stroke to lessen the pain when you hit.
     
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  9. Zachol82

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    Hey guys, thanks for the feedbacks!

    It's been a couple days now and my finger is definitely getting better. I just hit this morning and my forehand is somewhat back. It's kind of hard to put the amount of topspin that I'm used to in my shots but at least I can get it in with decent power now.

    I'll probably just let it rest a couple more days. It still hurts whenever I return a heavy serve. I can literally feel the vibration from contact digging into the index of my ring finger.
     
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  10. LeeD

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    You know, when I broke my tib/fib, I had trouble covering court from alley to alley! Amazing, I just couldn't figure out why.
     
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