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sore top of thumb on forehand?

Published: 12 Jun 2012 - 03:44 by spikeithard

Updated: 13 Jul 2012 - 21:00

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Hey fella's. This is my first post on here but not my last.

I have been playing a few years now and am playing well at a low A level. (10 years of open level racquetball play helped me transition into squash very easily)

but within the last few weeks I have had a sore top of thumb right were the thumb connects into the wrist area. (if you flex your thumb up towards your face you see a little shallow valley between the tendons)...the pain is in that tendon area but is only sore during warm ups and only on forehand. once I get about 10 minutes into warm up/play it subsides and I dont feel it anymore. I dont feel it also during the day. Only in warm up. I just today increased my grip size a bit and it might help. think its grip size? my form is more than likely not the issue here. I have very good mechanics (although still slightly a racquetball swing but its almost gone)

 

thanks for any insight and feel free to ask me any follow up questions.

C.

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From Nick Hunter - 13 Jul 2012 - 21:00   -   Updated: 13 Jul 2012 - 21:00

Or it may be you are just gripping the racket too tightly. You should have a nice loose grip apart from the moment you strike the ball. I remember seeing Del Harris play and you could see his grip loosening and his fingers coming completely off the grip while he was on the T. The most stark example of keeping a loose grip I have ever seen. And what a great player he was (probably still is).

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From spikeithard - 12 Jun 2012 - 23:35   -   Updated: 12 Jun 2012 - 23:35

no, my grip is perfectly fine. I slightly change grip from forehand to backhand to 'release' wrist stress and to shoot better. I swing very well also. I used the new slightly larger grip last night and it wasnt as bad. 

 

just have to do some more stretching and such.

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From rippa rit - 12 Jun 2012 - 20:07

well, it sounds like it is something to do with cocking your srist, or trying to keep your wrist up. My first thought was you have the thumb up the side of the grip instead of wrapping your fingers around the grip?  Have a look at our Squashbame Library and photos of the grip.  The other thing is if you cock your wrist too much you will then let the grip move and the heel of your hand will move off the grip making you use your thumb and forefinger to grip the racket.

I would really need to see a video to comment any further.

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