Tennis is among the most played sports in the world. Anyone can play tennis, from beginners to the pros. Tennis players can be classified into two broad categories based on their skill to hit the ball more and higher than a backhand or forehand. Most often, tennis players struggle with hitting forehands because they aren’t aware of how to use the right muscles for their forehands, and in which order to hit powerful forehands. Tennis players also struggle with their backhands due to lack of knowledge on how to position themselves in order to hit a good backhand down the court. These two areas are vital to the game and need to be addressed.
A successful tennis swing depends on the grip you use. Many beginners make the error of gripping the racket to tight or loose and end up not hitting the ball, making improper contact, or having the racket break off when they are swinging at the ball. The best way to strike the ball correctly is to keep the racket correctly in the right position.
The other important factor to remember is that your forehand’s swing path should begin straight and then curve upwards towards the top of your body as you reach the top of your follow-through. This is called cut shot or high arc. A hook with a low arc will have a natural 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, your forehand swing is likely to curve towards the top as you get closer to the ball.
Always keep your shoulders in line with the ball as you swing. This helps to keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball even as your arms move freely. Remember that your shoulders should never leave the socket or your racquet when you swing. This can make it extremely difficult to catch the ball in the event that this happens.
When you get close to the ball, ensure to move your arm to your side, not from your backside. Rotating your arms to the side could reduce your power and your ability to generate power. To get your arm to rotate correctly it is essential to hold a firm grip on the club. A weak grip can be dangerous since it could cause you to miss the ball or it could cause you to overextend your arm. This could cause injury.
The angle of your stance is an important aspect to ensure the grip you have. The majority of tennis players are right-handed and wear their right hand slung across the body. The left arm of beginner players is usually slung over their body. Most coaches advise that you hold the club in a neutral grip or similar to a baseball position. A neutral grip will stop you from swinging with an arm that isn’t dominant.
Forehand tennis players with open stances tend to have problems with their forearms. When players with an open-stance forehand, they are more likely to turn their wrists, and they do not have a proper grip. This issue can be resolved by holding the racket with neutral grip. Closed grips are ideal for tennis players who have an open forehand. This can be accomplished by putting the racket behind your head while your knees are bent and your elbows are locked.
Tennis players who are non-dominant handed should swing the racket over their head and above their shoulders. If you’re a left handed player the racket should be facing your crotch. If you’re a left-handed player, it should face towards your waist. This will stop the head-over-head swing or the under-the-shoulder swing from occurring. When you swing keep your wrists straight, and keep them down your hips so that you don’t give either side of your body a chance to swing.