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Today I just for fun practised with inverted rubber bat,which I normally do not use, and I tried a backhand loop,which I normally do not use. I was surprised that I was able to play on par with an offensive player as a both wings looper and blocker of Samsonov-like type. I was able to fire off seven backhand loops off blocks and loops in row. Also,I was able to react to strong loops from a close range and block the opponent out. And with the backhand loop,I was nto even using a full swing.
Then I tried to play with my normal bat,which is longpimpled. But when I twiddled the inverted rubber to my backhand,I was not able to replicate nor the loop technique,nor the blocking consistency,nor the reaction speed.
Do you have any idea why this happened?
Why I could perform a backhand loop which my opponent described as better than his own,despite that he trains it for 8 years and I train it sporadically with a bat which I am not used to,yet I was not able to replicate anything with the inverted side of my normal bat?
This is a phenomenon that I see often. Though I don't have a detailed explanation for it I will try to explain my thoughts.
When you try something new whether it be a new racket or a new stroke you have no expectations and therefore your body goes into the action in a completely relaxed state that allows yourself to produce what it knows. It can feel really easy for this reason. It is actually your true potential at the time because of the lack of expectations and therefore tension in your swing.
It is actually a great lesson for us all and something to try to tune into when we are learning anything and then trying to execute skills.
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