Tennis is among the most loved sports played in the world. Everyone can play tennis from beginners to pros. There are two main types of tennis players. They are classified based on their ability to hit the ball farther than a backhand or forehand. Tennis players typically struggle to hit forehands because of the lack of knowledge on how to effectively engage their muscles and in what order to hit strong forehands. Tennis players also struggle with their backhands because of insufficient knowledge about how to properly position themselves to hit a solid backhand down the court. These two areas are vital to the game and need to be addressed.
The grip is the most critical aspect of the successful tennis swing. Many beginners make the error of gripping the racket too tight or loose and end up hitting the ball too far or making an incorrect contact or even having the racket break off when they swing at the ball. The right way to hold the racket in 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 swing path should be straight. As you get closer to the top end of your follow-through, your forehand swing path should curve towards your top. This is referred to as cut shots or high arc. A hook with a low arc would start out with an easier wrist hinge and wrist extension. These aspects will affect the kind of shots you need to master. For example, if you are practicing a technique that is known as the bank shot your forehand’s swing path will naturally turn toward the top as you get closer to the ball.
Always keep your shoulders in line with the ball whenever you swing. This will ensure that your shoulders are in constant contact with the ball which allows your arms to swing freely. While you move your arms, your shoulders should not leave the racquet’s socket. If this happens, it could be extremely difficult to capture the ball.
When you get close to the ball, make 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 energy and generate a good backswing. You must have a strong grip to control your arm’s rotation. Having a weak grip can be very dangerous because it can cause you be unable to catch the ball, or it could cause you to extend your arm. This could lead to injury.
Another key factor in the correct grip is the angle of your stance. Most tennis beginners are right-handed and carry their right arm across their bodies. For those who are just beginning the left arm is usually slung across their body. Most coaches suggest using an even grip, or in a similar way to a baseball grip. A neutral grip will stop you from swinging with an arm that is not dominant.
Forehand tennis players who have an open stance tend to have issues with their forearms. When players with an open-stance forehand, they are more likely to turn their wrists and do not have a proper grip. One way to address this problem is to hold the racket with an even grip. Closed grips are best for tennis players with 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 that have a hand that is not dominant should swing the racket over their heads and then over their shoulder. The racket should point towards your crotch in case you are an right-handed player, and it should face your waist if you are a left handed player. This will prevent the over the head swing and the under-the-shoulder swing from occurring. Keep your wrists straight when you swing. Also, make sure you don’t allow any side of your body too much space.