Tennis is one of the most popular sports played in the world. It is a sport everyone can play, from beginners to professional. Tennis players can be classified into two broad categories based on their ability to hit the ball more and higher than a backhand or forehand. Tennis players typically struggle to hit forehands due the lack of knowledge on how to effectively engage their muscles and in what is the best way to hit powerful forehands. Also, tennis players struggle with backhands because they don’t know enough about how to properly position themselves for a great backhand down the court. This is why these two essential aspects of the game have to be addressed by those who want to excel at the sport.
The grip is the most crucial element of an effective tennis swing. Many beginners make the error of gripping the racket too tightly or too loosely, and end up either not hitting the ball, making improper contact, or having the racket fall off while they are swinging at the ball. The right way to hold the racket in the right way will give you the best chance to hit the ball accurately every time.
Another thing to keep in mind is that your forehand swing path should be straight. As you approach the top end of your follow-through, your forehand’s swing path should curve towards your top. This is called a high arc or cut shot. A hook with a low arc will begin with a more natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These factors can affect the type of shots that you need to master. For example, if you are practicing a technique referred to as the bank shot your forehand swing path will naturally shift towards the top as you move closer to the ball.
Always keep your shoulders in line with the ball as you swing. This will ensure that your shoulders remain in constant contact with your ball which allows your arms to swing with ease. Remember that your shoulders should never leave the socket or your racquet when you swing. If this happens, it could be very difficult to take the ball back.
As you approach the ball, ensure to rotate your arm from your side, not your backside. Rotating your arm on your side can weaken your ability to generate power and produce a strong backswing. To get your arm to rotate correctly, you must have a strong grip on the club. A weak grip can be very dangerous because it can cause you to be unable to catch the ball, or it can cause you to overextend your arm. This could lead to injury.
The angle of your stance is also an important factor in ensuring an effective grip. The majority of tennis players are right handed and carry their right arm across their bodies. The left arm of beginner players is often slung across their body. Most coaches advise that you hold the club in an open grip or similar to a baseball posture. A neutral grip will stop you from hitting with an arm that isn’t dominant.
Forehand tennis players with open stances are more likely to have problems with their forearms. Open stance forehand players tend to have issues with their grip. This issue can be fixed by holding the racket in neutral grip. Closed grips are best for players with an open forehand. You can achieve this by placing the racket on your skull, your knees bent, and keeping your elbows locked.
Tennis players who have a non-dominant hand should move the racket above their head and above their shoulders. If you’re a right-handed player the racket should point towards your crotch. If you’re a left-handed player, it should be facing towards your waist. This will prevent the over-the-head swing or the under-shoulder swing from occurring. Keep your wrists straight as you swing. Also, ensure that you don’t give any part of your body too much space.