Tennis is a very popular sport. Everyone can play tennis, from beginners to professionals. Tennis players can be divided into two broad categories based on their skill to hit the ball farther and higher than a forehand or backhand. Most often, tennis players struggle with their forehands as they don’t know how to engage the proper muscles for their forehands or in the right order to hit powerful forehands. Tennis players also struggle with their backhands due to lack of understanding about how to position themselves in order to hit a strong backhand down the court. These two areas are vital to the game and need to be addressed.
A successful tennis swing is dependent on the grip you use. Many new players make the mistake of gripping the racket to tight or loose and end up hitting the ball too far or making a poor contact or having the racket fall off when they are swinging at the ball. The best way to hit the ball correctly is to hold the racket correctly in the right position.
Another important thing to remember is that your forehand swing path should be straight. As you approach the top end of your follow-through, your forehand swing path should curve towards your top. This is referred to as a cut shot or high arc. A hook with a low arc starts with an easier wrist hinge and wrist extension. These factors can affect the kind of shots you need to master. If you’re practicing the bank shot technique your forehand’s swing course will naturally curve towards the top as it gets closer to the ball.
Always keep your shoulders squared with the ball. This helps to keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball even as your arms move freely. Keep in mind that the shoulders must never move away from the socket or the tennis racquet during your swing. If this happens, it could be very difficult to catch the ball.
When you are approaching the ball, make sure that your arm is pointing from your side and not towards your backside. Rotating your arm to your side can actually decrease your power and ability generate power. You need a solid grip to control the rotation of your arm. A weak grip could lead to injury. It could cause you to miss the ball, or cause you to overextend your arms. This could result in injury.
Another important aspect in the proper grip is the angle of your stance. Most tennis beginners are right-handed and have their right arm slung across their body. The left arm of beginners is usually slung over their body. Most coaches advise that you hold the club in the neutral grip or similar to a baseball posture. The club should be held in a neutral position will aid in preventing a non-dominant arm when you swing.
Tennis players who have open stance forehand tend to have issues with their forearms. Forehand players with an open stance are more likely to have problems with their grip. A great solution to this problem is to hold the racket using an even grip. Closed grips are ideal for tennis players who have an open forehand. This can be done 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 above 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 and the under-the shoulder swing from happening. When you swing, keep your wrists straight and down your hips, making sure you do not give either side of your body any room to swing.