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Thanks for the post and for joining TennisCompanion!
As far as timing go I think it’s super challenging to pinpoint right now. As a country I think we have some major obstacles to overcome before we find ourselves back where we were in the 1990s.
There are some solid articles on the topic out there that I’ve pulled together, which I think you might enjoy:
- Can US Men’s Tennis Rise Again? NY Times
- Why Have the American Men’s Tennis Stars Disappeared?
- US Tennis Seems Unable to Man Up
Here are a few of my personal thoughts on the issue:
- We Need Great Leadership: I’ll reserve judgement for where we stand today, but as a general concept I believe the USTA needs to take a hard look at how we’re bringing up and investing in American talent. Top tier leaders breed top tier talent and I believe we need the same from the organization who today has the responsibility for making that happen.
- Bigger Investment: Today there is a massive gap in the pay between professional sports – check out this graph by the WSJ. Not that this is a surprise to anyone and clearly this is highly influenced by demand, but today if you’re talented kid in multiple sports the likelihood that you choose tennis as a career path is slim to none. It would appear that changing this could certainly help influence decision making for America’s talented athletes, but the ATP also needs to continue to evaluate the pay gap within the sport itself.
- Grassroots Push: As tennis fans, players, instructors, coaches, etc… I believe it’s our role as much as any other to support the sport that we all love so much. From attending tournaments, watching tournaments on TV, pushing for wider and increased public access to tennis courts, encouraging our kids to get involved in the sport, etc… we hold quite a bit of power to drive the demand which ultimately can help influence investment.
You could probably write a book (or two) on the topic and I’m far from an expert, but I think as a community conversations like these are important to have so thanks again for your post :)
All the best,
Thanks for your reply! Babolat Addiction is a solid string. Have you restrung with it already? I’d be interested to see how you like it. As far as multifilaments go it’s a bit more stiff (offering more control and a bit less power) than some that are available, but that might be a good compromise for you coming from using Prince Lightning XX as you should notice a difference in feel.
The more expensive brother to Babolat Addiction is Babolat Xcel, which is another great mulifilatment. It’s just a bit pricy at $20 a pop, but another option to add to the mix.
Have a great day!
All the best,
Thank you for your post and question! Unfortunately without getting to work with you personally or seeing a video of you hitting with an eastern grip it can be challenging to provide you with specific guidance. I would rather avoid trying to provide specific guidance without knowing the source of the problems your experiencing.
Recognizing this I wanted to provide you with some general advice and feedback for changing your grip.
- Question the change. Many players will assume that to bring about great change in their game they need to make big changes to their strokes, such as a grip change. In some cases this may be true, however often times the desired result can be achieved through adjustments to an existing stroke. Make sure your clear on why you want to change, if possible work with an instructor to see if there are modifications you can make to your existing stroke and then work from there.
- Set goals. If you decide that a grip change is the route you’d like to take set a few goals for why you want to make the decision and write them down. It’s important to be clear about your intentions and writing your goals down is a powerful step that helps set the mind in motion towards achieving the desired result.
- Make a commitment. Once you’ve decided to change your grip don’t look back. Grip changes can be challenging, especially if you’ve been using the same grip for years. Generally speaking it’s not an easy process to transition from one grip to another, but if you’re doing it for the right reasons it can be very rewarding. Stay committed to the change and resist the temptation to revert back to the old grip.
- Practice, practice, practice. The truth is you’re going to have to practice, a lot. The more you can practice the quicker you’ll likely be able to bring about the change you desire.
- Hire an instructor. This would be a great opportunity to take advantage of an experienced instructor. Not only can they help you through the transition they can also help evaluate whether the transition is a good idea in the first place. If you’re looking to speed up the transition then hiring a tennis instructor is a great way to do so.
- Be patient. Successfully changing from one grip to another will take time so don’t expect results overnight. The more you realize this before you try to switch the better of you’ll be. Again, as long as you’re changing your grip for the right reasons the payoff will be well worth it, so be patient.
- Have fun with it. You’re going to hit more than your fair share of ugly shots and things will likely feel pretty awkward for a while. Recognize that it’s all part of the process and do your best to enjoy the challenge vs getting caught up in the difficulty of it. After all, it’s tennis!!
Hopefully this helps point you in the right direction.
If you have any other questions please don’t hesitate to ask.
All the best,
- This reply was modified 5 years, 6 months ago by TennisCompanion.
Thanks for stopping by! I’m sorry to hear about the pinched nerve in your neck, but excited to hear you’re getting back out on the court again :)
Which type of nylon string have you been using in the crosses?
Generally multifilaments can be great tennis strings for players looking for a softer feel and to your point “less wear and tear on the arm and shoulders.” Here’s a few I’d recommend you check out:
Check em’ out and let me know if you have any questions!
All the best,