Along with the advent of various breakthroughs in racquet and string technology,tennis players have enjoyed the benefits of more power, spin, and control. The modern game has seen all kinds of changes with extreme grips, two-handed backhands, stroke technique,and even footwork. The downside of all this…the unforgiving and ultra-light graphite frames and stiff strings will inevitably take their toll on your arm. The good news – there are at least three simple ways to alleviate the chance of wrist, elbow, and shoulder injuries.
# 1 Use soft strings
# 2 Go down on tension
# 3 Improved technique
A soft, multi-filament string (try Tecnifibre or Wilson NXT ) will decrease the shock of impact on your arm. Reducing string tension by 3-5 lbs below the recommended mid-range provides a more forgiving string bed, and further reduces vibration. Thirdly, and possibly most important, visit your local teaching pro (or me when you visit here!). A little tweak of the grip, a slight adjustment on your backhand or forehand, or even an astute observation that your serve has more hitches than a horse ranch might save you many days of pain and suffering.
Hopefully, with these tips all you old dogs out there can quit whining and spend more time on the court. And yes, you CAN teach an old dog new tricks!!
Enchantment Resort is the perfect home base when you decide to explore Northern Arizona’s Verde Valley Wine Trail. Visit the great wineries and tasting rooms nestled in the red rock countryside and lush canyons surrounding Cottonwood, Jerome, Sedona, Clarkdale and Cornville. Wine enthusiasts can experience a destination rich in history, beauty, and the production of exquisite wines.
Four wineries and four different tasting rooms on the Verde Valley Wine Trail offer a variety of skillfully crafted wines to satisfy any taster’s palate. Choices include Syrah, Petite Sirah, Viognier, Roussanne, Zinfandel, Merlot and Chardonnay. For more information, please contact the concierge at 928.282.2900 or visit www.vvwinetrail.com to plan your adventure.