Unlearning muscle memory

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by zaph, Aug 17, 2014.

  1. zaph

    zaph Rookie

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    I have been playing for a long time, and I have some bad technique that have to unlearn. The biggest problem is the serve, I use to serve with a western grip, now switched to continental.

    The problem is my racket face is at the wrong angle durring the serve, it is too open. I know it is a problem, I know it needs fixing, but I am finding it very difficult to fight against muscle memory. The ghost of the old stroke is still there, and it is difficult to get rid of.
     
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  2. Lukhas

    Lukhas Legend

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    Well it's kind of generic advice given that it's tough to reply when we don't know exactly what you're doing, but try pitching. Or throwing a football. It's the same basic motion as a tennis serve. That also should take your head away from the court and the pressure/frustration/ect. you may have when it comes to actually serving or practising your serve. Then try it again without using your legs until you master the motion. If you think you're not doing it correctly, pitch even more until the repetition starts imprinting the new memory in your body. Film yourself, even if you don't want to share it so you can yourself see what you're exactly doing. Shadow swing the new memory. And be patient of course.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6EFWB18kPWY&list=UU2LThnGnWbhJk1a-gqvJhSA

    You could also take a coach for a few lessons.
     
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