Tennis is among the most loved sports in the world. Tennis is a game that everyone can play, from beginners to professionals. There are two primary categories of tennis players. They are classified based on their ability to hit the ball further than a forehand or backhand. Most times, tennis players struggle with hitting forehands because they aren’t aware of how to engage the correct muscles for their forehands or in which order to hit powerful forehands. In the same way, tennis players struggle with backhands because they aren’t aware about how to position themselves to hit a nice backhand down the court. This is why these two essential areas of the game need to be addressed by those who want to be successful in the game.
The grip is the most important element of the successful tennis swing. Many beginners make the error of holding their racket too tight or loosely and end up missing the ball, making poor contact or letting their racket slide when they swing at the ball. The best way to hit the ball correctly is to hold the racket in the proper position.
Another thing to keep in mind is that your forehand swing path should be straight. As you approach the top of your follow-through, your forehand’s swing path should curve towards your top. This is called cut shot or high arc. A hook with a low arc starts with the more natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These factors will influence the kind of shots you should be learning. For example, if you are practicing a technique referred to as the bank shot your forehand swing path will naturally move towards the top as you get closer to the ball.
Remember to always swing with your shoulders aligned with the ball. This will ensure that your shoulders are in constant contact with the ball which allows your arms to move freely. Keep in mind that the shoulders should never leave the socket or your racquet while you are swinging. This can make it extremely difficult to take the ball back in the event that this happens.
When you approach the ball, make sure that your arm is pointing towards your side, and not your backside. Rotating your arm towards your side can reduce your power and your ability to generate power. You need a solid grip to control the rotation of your arm. A weak grip can be very dangerous because it can cause you to miss the ball or it can cause you to overextend your arm. This could cause injury.
Another important aspect in the proper grip is the angle of your stance. Tennis beginners are typically right-handed and have their left hand draped across their body. For those who are just beginning the left arm is usually carried over their body. Most coaches suggest using a neutral grip, or in a similar way to a baseball posture. A neutral grip can stop you from swinging with an arm that is not dominant.
Tennis players who have open stance forehand tend to have problems with their forearms. Open stance forehand players tend to have problems with their grip. A great way to solve this problem is to hold the racket with an even grip. Closed grips are ideal for tennis players with an open forehand. This can be achieved by placing the racket in front of your skull, your knees bent and your elbows locked.
Tennis players with a non-dominant hand should swing the racket over their head and over their shoulder. If you’re a right handed player the racket should be facing your crotch. If you’re a lefthanded player, it should face towards your waist. This will stop the over-the head swing and the under-the-shoulder swing from happening. Keep your wrists straight as you swing. Also, make sure you don’t give any side of your body too much space.