this post is really a question. for a while now i’ve been having shoulder pain, sometimes during play. i was playing the other day and my shoulder was bothering me. since my shoulder was kind of painful and tight, it was difficult to maintain a loose arm swing, a key component of my stroke. subsequently, the power of my stroke was reduced to about 50%. i had all these shots in my head, but when i get down to execute, i couldn’t make anything work. i tried different techniques like slowing down my backswing then gently swing my arm forward again, lots of breathing, etc., but i couldn’t get my stroke back consistently. so i was reduced to the rollercoaster cycle of hitting one really good shot then flubbing the next. any meaningful chance of running out was wasted away by my inability to pocket balls consistently.
i completely accepted my performance mentally, knowing i wasn’t playing poorly, but my body was hitting its limits and i physically couldn’t execute the shots. i picked the right shots to run out, i just couldn’t hit the shots correctly. the good thing was that i stayed positive. the inquisitive side of my brain then asked the question: are there techniques that will help you play through pain, aside from the obvious solution of painkillers?
i’m more interested with techniques that can help during the match. preventative measures are great, but for this post i’d like to know techniques you can use on the spot. any insights or tips are appreciated.