Tennis is among the most played sports in the world. Everyone can play tennis, from beginners to the pros. There are two primary types of tennis players. They are classified based on their ability to hit the ball more than a backhand or forehand. Most times, tennis players struggle with their forehands as they aren’t aware of how to properly engage the correct muscles for their forehands and in what order to hit strong forehands. Tennis players also struggle with their backhands due to lack of understanding about how to position themselves to hit a strong backhand down the court. This is why these two essential areas of the game must to be addressed by those who wish to excel at the game.
A successful tennis swing depends on the grip you use. Many beginners make the mistake of gripping the racket too tightly or loosely, and end up either hitting the ball too far or making an incorrect contact or having the racket fall off when they swing at the ball. Holding the racket the right way will give you the best opportunity to hit the ball accurately every time.
Another important thing to keep in mind is that your forehand swing path should begin straight and then curve toward the top of your body as you reach the top of your follow through. This is called cut or high arc shot. A low arc or hook will begin with an easier wrist hinge and wrist extension. These factors will determine the kind of shots you need to be practicing. If you are practicing the bank shot technique the forehand swing is likely to curve towards the top as it gets closer to the ball.
Remember to always swing with your shoulders squared with the ball. This helps keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball as your arms move freely. Be aware that your shoulders should never move away from the socket or the racquet while you are swinging. This can make it extremely difficult to take the ball back if this occurs.
When you are approaching the ball, ensure that your arm is pointed towards your side, and not your backside. Rotating your arms towards your side can decrease your power and ability to generate power. You must have a strong grip to control your arm’s rotation. A weak grip could cause injury. It can cause you lose the ball or cause you overextend your arms. This could result in injury.
The angle of your stance is an important factor in ensuring a good grip. Most tennis players are right handed and carry their right arm across their bodies. 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 similar to a baseball posture. A neutral grip will prevent you from hitting with an arm that is not dominant.
Open stance forehand tennis players tend to have issues with their forearms. Forehands with an open stance tend to have problems with their grip. This issue can be fixed by using neutral grip. Tennis players who have open stance forehand should attempt to have a closed grip. This can be done by placing the racket on your head, while your knees are bent and your elbows are locked.
Tennis players who have a non-dominant hand should hold the racket over their head and over their shoulders. If you’re a right handed player the racket should point towards your crotch. If you’re a lefthanded player, the racket should be pointing towards your waist. This will prevent the over-the head swing and the under-the shoulder swing from happening. Keep your wrists straight while you swing. Also, make sure you don’t allow any side of your body too much space.