Thursday, February 18, 2016

Returning to tennis


After a somewhat lengthy layoff, I returned to resume my weekly blind tennis sessions in late 2015 and I must say that it was not as difficult as I had first thought.

I had to reacquaint myself with the sound of the ball, how it bounced as it came towards me, and I had to readjust my swing and timing.

I cannot see the ball so I have to depend solely on sound.  This means that I have to give all of my attention to the sound of the ball as it is coming towards me and then I have to use my skill to know when to swing and how hard.

Blind tennis is a lot of fun for me.  It all comes down to me facing off against the person tossing the ball to me and I have to make sure that when I swing that it is enough to send the ball back over the net to the person tossing to me.

The balls are made of sponge and they are filled with bells so that they jingle as they move.  They are very light in weight, of course, so this is another thing that I have to get used to.

For whereas the sighted person depends mostly on their vision to get them through their game, a blind person needs to use their sense of hearing to do the same.

We use junior-sized rackets to hit the balls and the nets are at the regular heights.  We play our tennis in a huge basement of a church.

Lots of fun and great exercise for me.

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