Tennis is one of the most loved sports played in the world. Everyone can play tennis, from beginners to professionals. Tennis players can be grouped into two broad categories based on their skill level to hit the ball further and higher than a backhand or forehand. Most times, tennis players struggle when they hit forehands due to the fact that they aren’t aware of how to engage the correct muscles for their forehands and in the right order to hit powerful forehands. Also, tennis players struggle with backhands due to the fact that they do not know enough about the proper way to set themselves up to hit a perfect backhand on the court. So, these two crucial areas of the game must to be addressed by those who wish to excel at the sport.
The grip is the most important element of an effective tennis swing. Many new players make the mistake of holding the racket too loose or tight and end up missing the ball, making poor contact or letting their racket slide when they swing at the ball. The best method to hit the ball correctly is to hold the racket in the correct position.
The other important factor to be aware of is that your forehand swing should begin straight and then curve upwards towards the top of your body as you reach the top of your follow through. This is referred to as cut shots or high arc. A hook with a low arc starts with an easier wrist hinge and wrist extension. These factors will influence the kind of shots you need to master. For example, if you are practicing a technique that is known as the bank shot your forehand’s swing path will naturally move towards the top as you move closer to the ball.
Be sure to keep your shoulders squared with the ball. This helps keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball as your arms are free to move. When you swing, your shoulders must not move away from the socket of your racquet. If this happens, it will be extremely difficult to catch the ball.
When approaching the ball, ensure that your arm is pointed towards your side, and not to your backside. Rotating your arm towards your side can reduce your power and ability generate power. You need to have a strong grip to control your arm’s movement. A weak grip could be extremely dangerous as it can cause you be unable to catch the ball, or it could cause you to overextend your arm. This could lead to injury.
The angle of your stance is also an important aspect to ensure a good grip. Tennis beginners tend to be right-handed and wear their right hand spread across their body. The left arm of beginner players is often carried over their body. Most coaches recommend that you hold the club with the neutral grip or similar to a baseball posture. A neutral grip will prevent you from hitting with an arm that isn’t dominant.
Tennis players with open stance forehand tend to have issues with their forearms. If a player has an open-stance forehand, they tend to twist their wrists and do not have a good grip. A great way to solve this issue is to hold the racket using a neutral grip. Tennis players with an open stance forehands should try to hold the racket with a closed grip. This can be achieved by placing the racket behind your skull, with your knees bent, and keeping your elbows locked.
Tennis players who have a non-dominant hand should hold the racket over their head and above their shoulders. The racket should face your crotch if a right handed player and should be facing your waist if left handed. This will prevent the over-the head swing as well as the under-the-shoulder swing from occurring. When you swing keep your wrists straight and lower your hips to ensure that you do not give either side of your body any space to swing.