Tennis is among the most played sports in the world. It is a sport anyone can play, from beginners to professional. Tennis players can be divided into two broad categories based on their skill to hit the ball further and higher than a forehand or backhand. Tennis players typically struggle to hit forehands because of the lack of knowledge on how to properly engage their muscles and in what is the best way to hit powerful forehands. Tennis players also struggle with their backhands due lack of understanding about how to properly position themselves to hit a strong backhand down the court. So, these two crucial aspects of the game have to be addressed by those who wish to be successful in the sport.
A successful tennis swing is dependent on your grip. Many beginners make the mistake of gripping the racket to tight or loose and end up missing the ball or making a poor contact or having the racket fall off while they swing at the ball. Holding the racket the right way will give you the best opportunity to hit the ball accurately every time.
Another thing to keep in mind is that your forehand’s path should be straight. As you get closer to the top end of your follow-through, your forehand swing path should be curved towards your top. This is called cut shots or high arc. A hook with a low arc would have an inherent wrist hinge as well as wrist extension. These factors can affect the kind of shots you should be learning. If you’re practicing the bank shot technique, your forehand swing course will naturally curve towards the top as you get closer to the ball.
Always keep your shoulders squared with the ball. This will ensure that your shoulders are always in contact with the ball which allows your arms to move freely. Be aware that your shoulders must never leave the socket or your tennis racquet during your swing. It can make it very difficult to capture the ball when this occurs.
When approaching the ball, ensure that your arm is pointed from your side and not towards your backside. By putting your arm on your side actually weakens your ability to generate power and generate a good backswing. To get your arm to rotate properly you need to be able to grip the club. Having a weak grip can be extremely dangerous as it can cause you to lose the ball or can cause you to overextend your arm. This could result in injury.
The angle of your stance is also an crucial factor to ensure an effective grip. Most tennis players are right handed and carry their right arm across their body. For those who are just beginning their left arm is typically carried across their body. Most coaches advise that you hold the club in an open grip or like a baseball position. A neutral grip will stop you from swinging with an arm that is not dominant.
Forehand tennis players with open stances tend to have issues with their forearms. When players with an open stance forehand, they are more likely to turn their wrists, and they do not have a good grip. This issue can be resolved by using a neutral grip. Closed grips are ideal for players with an open forehand. You can achieve this by placing the racket behind your skull, keeping your knees bent, and keeping your elbows locked.
Tennis players who are non-dominant hand should move the racket over their head and over their shoulders. The racket should face your crotch if you are left handed, and it should face your waist if you are left-handed. This will stop the swing that is over the head or the swing under the shoulder from happening. Keep your wrists straight as you swing. Also, ensure that you don’t allow any side of your body too much room.