I’ve been back on the courts for a few months now, and I’m loving every moment — at least in retrospect. At times I’m frustrated with myself on the court, but I still leave with a smile on my face and sweat on my brow. Coming back to the court after my first pregnancy has been challenging both physically and mentally.
My hips still do funny things, such as slipping (I can feel it slide out and back in), and I remind myself that my body is not like it once was. My doctor reminds me that my pregnancy was nine months of my body undergoing drastic change, so it will take at least that long to return to “normal.” Mentally, I crave to move like I once did, and sometimes I wonder how much I’ve distorted my pre-pregnancy abilities. I am getting to more and more shots, and my stamina is much improved. I simply have no complaints and am happy to be back out there.
I’ve also settled into a racquet. It’s a familiar friend on the court, one that I spent at least a year trying to find a replacement for but could not. I’m back playing with the Yonex RDS 003. I tried the RDiS 300, and it was close but not quite the same. The feel was just different. The V Core 100 S is very similar as well, even in paint. The main difference is the V Core 100 S is standard length, while my RDS 003 measures 27.25″ long. I feel like the RDS and V Core are more in sync in terms of feel, and the V Core 100 S is a potential next racquet for me. However, the RDS 003 is giving me free power that I need when I catch balls late, and it’s always been a comfortable hit for me. Before the baby, I played nearly exclusively with the Dunlop 4D 300 Tour. However, at this moment, I’m needing more power, and the RDS 003 delivers.
The RDS 003 helped me improve my game when I first picked it up in 2008. Now three years and one baby later, I’m hoping it can do the same for me again.