Can you 'unlearn' a stroke?

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by Inken, May 9, 2012.

  1. Inken

    Inken New User

    Jan 26, 2011
    I had a shoulder injury last year and could not play tennis for a while. After that I had to go back from the two handed backhand to a one handed slice backhand for more than four months.
    My shoulder is much better now and I started with the two handed backhand again in February. But: I seem to have sort of 'unlearned' it. I just cannot play it anymore. I lost the feeling for the hitting point completely, although I tried for three months now to get the feeling back. And due to this I can't direct the ball or bring power to it. There is something wrong with the motion, but I can't correct it.

    So I am not sure what to do: shall I try to get my two handed backhand back? And how should I do this???
    Or shall I stay with the one handed slice, which is not as good as my two handed backhand used to be. And it is a little bit inconvenient, because I play a two handed forehand.
    What would others suggest?
  2. salsainglesa

    salsainglesa Semi-Pro

    Dec 20, 2005
    You learned it once, learn it again, Don't put yourself pressure so, be patient.
  3. Kevo

    Kevo Hall of Fame

    Feb 3, 2005
    Which shoulder did you injure? Was it your non-dominant shoulder?
  4. fuzz nation

    fuzz nation Legend

    Oct 20, 2006
    Think of your brain as a great big switchboard with different wires constantly plugging into different connections. The more you practice your tennis habits, the more your connections align to reinforce those movements. If you stop practicing, those signal paths will slowly begin to reconfigure - but you can probably remember what it at least feels like to correctly perform those old habits. To get back to them, you need to start practicing them again.

    Regardless of what you decide to use in terms of a topspin stroke though, I'd offer that you (and me and everyone else, too) also need a slice backhand among your essentials. In the spirit of taking lemons and making lemonade, that shoulder injury forced you to expand your skill set. A year from now, you may not even think of that injury as a setback if you turn out to be a more complete player.
  5. boramiNYC

    boramiNYC Hall of Fame

    Jun 29, 2011
    It's basically fixing a habit. Are you good in identifying bad habits of yours and are you able to usually fix it? And how fast? This ability is directly related to unlearning and learning new technique.
  6. GuyClinch

    GuyClinch Legend

    Aug 12, 2004
    Switch back - watcher a technique video to refresh your memory of it. While you do that mimic the motions with your racquet.

    Then got to a wall and drop hit the ball till you can rally against the wall with it. Start with a forehand - hit at an angle so it comes back to your backhand.

    Then go play with it again..

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