Tennis is among the most popular sports played in the world. Tennis is a sport that anyone can play from beginners to pros. Tennis players can be classified into two broad categories based on their ability level to hit the ball farther and higher than a backhand or forehand. Tennis players are often unable to hit forehands due the lack of knowledge on how to properly engage their muscles in order to hit strong forehands. Likewise, tennis players also struggle with backhands because they aren’t aware about the proper way to set themselves up to hit a perfect backhand on the court. These two areas are essential to the sport and must be addressed.
The grip is the most crucial aspect of the successful tennis swing. Many beginners make the error of gripping the racket to tightly or loosely and end up hitting the ball too far or making a poor contact or having the racket break off when they swing at the ball. The best way to strike the ball correctly is to hold the racket in the correct position.
Another thing to keep in mind is that your forehand’s path should be straight. When you reach the top of your follow-through, your forehand swing path should be curved towards your top. This is known as cut or high arc shot. A low arc or hook starts with an easier wrist hinge and wrist extension. These aspects will affect the type of shots you should be learning. For instance, if, for example, you are practicing a technique referred to as the bank shot, your forehand swing path will naturally turn toward the top as you get closer to the ball.
Keep your shoulders in line with the ball as you swing. This helps keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball as your arms move freely. While you move your arms, your shoulders should not move away from the socket of your racquet. If this happens, it could be very difficult to take the ball back.
When you approach the ball, make sure that your arm is directed towards your side, and not your backside. Rotating your arms to your side can actually reduce your power and your ability to generate power. To allow your arm to rotate correctly it is essential to be able to grip the club. A weak grip can result in injury. It can cause you lose the ball, or cause you to overextend your arms. This could result in injuries.
Another key factor in the correct grip is the angle you stand at. Tennis beginners tend to be right-handed and wear their right hand draped across their body. The left arm of beginner players is usually slung over their body. Most coaches advise that you hold the club with the neutral grip or like a baseball position. A neutral grip will prevent you from hitting with an arm that isn’t dominant.
Forehand tennis players who have an open stance are more likely to have issues with their forearms. If a player has an open stance forehand they tend to twist their wrists, and they do not have a proper grip. A great way to solve this problem is to hold the racket using an even grip. Closed grips are ideal for tennis players who have an open forehand. This can be done by putting the racket behind your head while your knees are bent and your elbows are locked.
Tennis players who have a hand that is not dominant should swing the racket over their heads and over their shoulders. The racket should point towards your crotch if left handed and the racket should be pointing towards your waist if you are a left handed player. This will prevent the over the head swing and the under-the shoulder swing from occurring. Keep your wrists straight while you swing. Also, ensure you don’t give any side of your body too much space.