Tennis is one of the most loved sports in the world. It is a sport anyone can play from beginners to professionals. Tennis players can be grouped into two broad categories based on their ability level to hit the ball more and higher than a forehand or backhand. Tennis players often struggle to hit forehands due to a lack of knowledge about how to properly engage their muscles and in what is the best way to hit powerful forehands. Tennis players also have trouble with their backhands because of lack of knowledge on how to properly position themselves to hit a solid backhand down the court. This is why these two essential areas of the game need to be addressed by those who wish to excel at the sport.
The grip is the most crucial element of a successful tennis swing. Many beginners make the error of holding the racket too tight or loose, and end up either missing the ball or making a poor contact or having the racket break off when they swing at the ball. By holding the racket in the correct way will give you the best opportunity to strike the ball correctly every time.
The other important factor to keep in mind 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 referred to as cut or high arc shot. A hook with a low arc will have an inherent wrist hinge as well as wrist extension. These aspects will affect the type of shots that you should be learning. For instance, if, for example, you are practicing a technique known as the bank shot your forehand swing path will naturally move towards the top as you move closer to the ball.
Keep your shoulders in line with the ball when you swing. This helps keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball as your arms move freely. When you swing, your shoulders should not move away from the racquet’s socket. If this happens, it can be extremely difficult to take the ball back.
When you get close to the ball, be sure to rotate your arm from your side, not your backside. Rotating your arms to your side can actually reduce your power and your ability to generate power. In order to get your arm to rotate correctly you need to have a strong grip on the club. A weak grip could be dangerous since it can cause you to miss the ball or it could cause you to extend your arm. This can lead to injuries.
The angle of your stance is another important aspect to ensure a good grip. Most tennis beginners are right handed and have their right arm slung across their body. For beginners their left arm is usually slung over their body. Most coaches suggest holding the club with a neutral grip, or in a manner similar to a baseball grip. The club should be held in a neutral posture will help prevent you from having an arm that is not dominant when you swing.
Tennis players that have an open stance forehand are more likely to have issues with their forearms. Forehands with an open stance tend to have problems with their grip. A great way to solve this issue is to hold the racket with an even grip. Closed grips are ideal for tennis players who have an open forehand. This can be achieved by placing the racket over your head, while your knees are bent and your elbows are locked.
Tennis players with a non-dominant hand should swing the racket over their head and then 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 help prevent either the head-over-head swing or the under-shoulder swing from happening. When you swing, keep your wrists straight, and keep them down your hips to ensure that you don’t give either side of your body any space to swing.