Coach Masaaki Tajima answers the following question:
My wrist hurts occasionally when I play my backhand
topspin and sometimes it hurts during the forehand topspin. How can I improve
this and also improve my technique?
Coach Tajima replies:
"First about your wrist; of course the pain can be
caused by variety of problems; Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, pinched nerve, ligament
fracture, etc. The most common problem are pinched nerve and ligament fracture
caused by snapping the wrist too often and too hard. Try not snapping the
wrist for a while and see if the pain persists. If it does, see the doc."
"I define technique as smoothness of stroke and
efficiency. Players who generate speed, spin and power primarily by snapping
of the wrist tend to be less consistent even at the higher levels due to less
contact time with the ball and the precision required. They also tend to use
shorter strokes to make up for their lack of foot work which makes them look
jerky and awkward. "
"You can attain both improved technique and alleviate
your pain by improving your foot work, to be in better leveraged position
utilizing your full body to generate speed, spin and power and not relying so
much on your wrist. And think about following through with your stroke more
than you are now after you struck the ball. As in life, stability and balance
is the key to longevity."