Left shoulder is sore

Table Tennis Serving

Last updated 4 years ago

Steve Billmire

Steve Billmire Asked 5 years ago

Hello Alois and Jeff,

Gotta question for you guys. Now that I bought my ball collection net I have been practicing my serves as much as possible. The first day I received it I must have served 1000 balls, but today I noticed that my left shoulder is sore. Yes I'm a lefty, but I'm I doing something wrong or should I expect this for my first time using the collection net?

I think after my shoulder starts feeling better I am going to take a video of myself while serving. That way I will be able to see if I am doing something wrong. But just from the amount of time I have used the collection net I can see a lot of improvement in my FH backspin serve and my BH reverse pendulum serve. Which the BH reverse pendulum serve has always been kind of natural to me and very easy to executive. But my FH backspin serves are not as easy to executive for some reason and that might be the reason I am experiencing my shoulder pain.

Any thoughts would be appreciated,

Thanks


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 4 years ago

Hi Steve,

Firstly well done on taking the initiative and practicing you serves so diligently.

The soreness is probably just due to the repetitive serving and is of the shoulder muscles.  If the pain remains you may want to see a professional.

Try to keep the shoulder relaxed more.  This may help you not on;y with the soreness but also to make the serve more effective.


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Steve Billmire

Steve Billmire Posted 4 years ago

Thank you Alois,

I took a couple of days off to let my shoulder get better. Now I'm back at it, lol But yea, I made a short video of myself the other day so I could see if I was doing something wrong. Man, watching that really is a good idea and showed me what I was doing wrong and what I was doing right. I would suggest this to anyone who wants to see how they are playing. It doesn't take much, all you need is a smart phone and either someone holding it. Or you can place the smart phone up against the net pointing at yourself.

Depending on what you use for recording, you might not get the best playback. I used my IPhone 6 and was very surprised how well it came out. But all you are trying to do is see yourself play, so you don't need some expensive camera.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 4 years ago

Thanks Steve for sharing your experience.


Steve Billmire

Steve Billmire Posted 4 years ago

Hello Alois and Jeff,

To top it off I went ahead and bought me and my boys a robot for practicing our drills and foot work. Should be here in the next couple of days. So I'll let you guys and the Pingskills members know what I think of it after I receive it. Can't wait for it to arrive!!! :-) 


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 4 years ago

OK Steve, you are really getting into it.  Should we call the doctor now??


Steve Billmire

Steve Billmire Posted 4 years ago

LoL, yeah I guess I am really getting into it. Custom paddles, ball collection net, and now the robot!!! Both of my boys are working now so I don't always have a practice partner like I would like. When they are home we play for about 3 to 4 hours during the week and more on the weekends. But me being retired, I have a lot of time on my hands. So one of the things I like to do is to get out setup the collection net and practice my serves. With the robot I'll have more time to practice returns with backspin, topspin and heavy topspin.

Like I said, I'll let you guys know what I think about the robot after I receive it tmrw!!!;-) 

Oh yea, what I wanted to say before is. My shoulder is fine now, I think it because it was the first time using my new ball collection net. And I was so excited to use it I kind of went overboard and played longer than I should have. (Get that "Edit" button I was talking to you about).



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