Tennis is among the most popular sports played in the world. Anyone can play tennis, from beginners to the pros. Tennis players can be classified into two broad categories based on their ability level to hit the ball more and higher than a backhand or forehand. Most often, tennis players struggle with their forehands as they don’t know how to properly engage the proper muscles for their forehands or in what order to hit strong forehands. Tennis players also struggle with their backhands due to insufficient knowledge about how to properly position themselves to hit a good backhand down the court. These two areas are vital to the sport and must be addressed.
A successful tennis swing is contingent on the grip you use. Many new players make the mistake of holding their racket too tight or loosely and then miss 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 keep the racket in the proper position.
Another important thing to keep in mind is that your forehand swing path should be straight from the beginning and then curve towards the top of your body as you approach the top of your follow through. This is known as cut shot or high arc. A low arc or hook would start out with a more natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These aspects will affect the kind of shots you should be learning. If you are practicing the bank shot technique the forehand swing path will naturally curve toward the top as you get closer to the ball.
Be sure to keep your shoulders aligned with the ball. This will ensure that your shoulders remain in constant contact with the ball, allowing your arms to swing with ease. When you move your arms, your shoulders should not be able to leave the socket of your racquet. It could make it extremely difficult to catch the ball if this occurs.
As you approach the ball, be sure to rotate your arm from your side, not your backside. The arm that is rotated on your side actually weakens your ability to generate power and produce a strong backswing. You need a solid grip to control your arm’s rotation. A weak grip could be extremely dangerous as it could cause you to be unable to catch the ball, or it can cause you to overextend your arm. This could lead to injuries.
Another crucial aspect of the proper grip is the angle you stand at. Tennis beginners tend to be right-handed and have their left hand draped across their body. The left arm of newbies is usually slung over their body. The majority of coaches suggest that you hold the club in a neutral grip or similar to a baseball posture. By holding the club in a neutral position will help prevent you from having a non-dominant arm when you swing.
Tennis players who have open stance forehands tend to have issues with their forearms. If a player has an open stance forehand they tend to over-turn their wrists and not have a proper grip. This issue can be fixed by holding the racket in a neutral grip. Closed grips are best for tennis players who have an open forehand. This can be achieved by placing the racket in front of your skull, your knees bent, and keeping your elbows locked.
Tennis players with a hand that is not dominant should swing the racket over their heads and over their shoulders. The racket should face your crotch if a right handed player and should be facing your waist if you’re left-handed. This will stop the over-the head swing as well as the under-the-shoulder swing from happening. Keep your wrists straight when you swing. Also, ensure you don’t give any part of your body too much space.