How to compensate for permanent injury.....

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Boneman
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So not sure where to post this... figured "General" pretty much a catch all.

Since nobody in my new area (SW FL) swings a hardbat.... I've gone back over to the dark side and glued up some sponge rubber on my olde bat....  Now, here's the dicey part.  Sponge, relatively speaking... is HEAVY.  MUCH heavier than hardbat rubber.  So here's where the "injury" part comes in....

 

A couple years ago I went all in on an inside-out high forehand... I mean I put everything I had into the stroke and BANG!  At precisely the same moment I contacted the ball, I get that explosion in my right ear.....  A searing pain down the inside of the arm pretty much puts me on the floor for a good 5 or so minutes.... it was extremely painful.....

Push comes to shove and we won't get in to the inefficiencies of delaing with insurances... etc., I finally get the verdict... completely ruptured the long head biceps tendon... and thanks to the aforementioned, by the time this was discovered, it was well beyond the 5 day window where it could have been surgically re-attached.

So.... you can only imagine how that affects my game.... well.... actually, maybe not.  I had to completely re-learn forehand strokes as only half the bicep is connected and the arm works differently.  Secondly.... MUCH less power in the forehand.....  and now that I'm back to swinging a seemingly lead-filled sponge bat again... my forehand seems utterly pusillanimous.

The backhand seems unchanged and still very strong.  A particular stroke that I can fire off amazingly well is a snap of sorts that is extremely deceptive as to it's nature and direction.  OK, fine.  After many years of playing in a backhand oriented stance, I finally discovered the error of my ways and re-trained myself for the forehand oriented stance.... much to my improvement to be sure.  Then the injury....

So... now what?  I have a weak, somewhat un-coordinated forehand that is nothing compared to what it once was..... it has recovered somewhat over time... but it's quite apparant with the sponge how much weaker it now is.  would it make sense to change the stance a bit?  Not back to what it was originally.... but something in between....as now, it's more the backhand that will do the sneak attacking... and the forehand will be aggressive not nearly as much.

And dammit... doesn't anyone make sponge that have cells filled with helium to lighten them up????

Later!

 

Larry "Boneman" Bone
Cape Coral, FL

Boneman
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Re: How to compensate for permanent injury.....

Thanks Larry... yeah, I recall a particular rubber that Zeropong sells that is actually advertised as being the lightest out there.  We shall see.... I did contact them pursuant to what they would recommend that is comparable to Yasaka MKV and that's what I have on the blade now and it's a very nice rubber.

I am seeing modicums of improvement to the forehand... though the gains seem very hard won at times and I do notice that the forehand fatigues much earlier than the balance of the game.

LOL... you would think having been a full time hardbat player that opting to be a chopper would almost be a natural transition... but I've never really been into that style.  For one, I like to hit the ball... man to man (or woman as the case may preseng) and to me chopping is a pusillanimous form of the game.  Mind you... that's just my OPINION.  I know there are many extremely talented and successful choppers out there.  It's just not my thing.

I think for now... I will continue to see if things improve... but keeping it in the back of my mind that the forehand may not be my "go to" stroke for success.  Very much may give the lighter rubber a shot too.  Dunno why I had not thought of that earlier... Why is it that the blatantly obvious often seems to elude us?  :-)

 

Thanks Larry,

Will post up any and all results as they present.

Later!

 

Larry (the other one) "Boneman" Bone

Cape Coral, FL

Larry Hodges
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Re: How to compensate for permanent injury.....

Hi Larry B,

I don't know about medical options, but perhaps you should develop your game with your backhand as your strength. There's nothing wrong with a steady forehand. As to the weight of the sponge, there are lighter ones - I think I remember some ultra-light ones, though you or someone else will have to research that. I believe softer sponge (such as the various FX ones) are a bit lighter. You should also get thinner sponge as thicker sponge weights a lot more.

Have you considered becoming a chopper? I've seen lots of older players develop this when they find themselves slowing down. I've even considered it, and often do fall back on chopping when I'm tired or to mix things up.