Tennis is one of the most popular sports in the world. Everyone can play tennis from beginners to professionals. There are two main categories of tennis players. They are classified based on their ability to hit the ball more than a backhand or forehand. Most often, tennis players struggle when they hit forehands due to the fact that they do not know how to properly engage the proper muscles for their forehands and in what order to hit strong forehands. Tennis players also struggle with their backhands due to insufficient knowledge about how to properly position themselves to hit a strong backhand down the court. These two areas are crucial to the sport and must be addressed.
A successful tennis swing is contingent on the grip you use. Many beginners make the error of gripping the racket to tightly or too loosely and end up not hitting the ball, making improper contact, or even 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 get closer to the top end of your follow-through, your forehand’s swing path should be curved towards your top. This is called a high arc or cut shot. A low arc or hook would start out with an easier wrist hinge and wrist extension. These factors will determine the type of shots you should be practicing. If you are practicing the bank shot technique the forehand swing is likely to curve towards the top as you get closer to the ball.
Remember to always swing with your shoulders squared with the ball. This helps keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball even as your arms are free to move. Keep in mind that the shoulders must never move away from the socket or the tennis racquet during your swing. It can make it very difficult to catch the ball in the event that this occurs.
When you are approaching the ball, ensure that your arm is directed from your side and not towards your backside. Rotating your arms to your side can actually decrease your power and ability generate power. You need to have a strong grip to control your arm’s movement. Having a weak grip can be extremely dangerous as it can cause you to lose the ball or could cause you to overextend your arm. This could lead to injury.
Another crucial aspect of the proper grip is the angle of your stance. Most tennis players are right handed and carry their right arm across their bodies. For those who are just beginning the left arm is usually carried across their body. Most coaches advise that you hold the club with the neutral grip or like a baseball position. A neutral grip can stop you from swinging with an arm that is not dominant.
Open stance forehand tennis players are more likely to have issues with their forearms. If a player has an open-stance forehand, they tend to twist their wrists and do not have a good grip. This issue can be fixed by holding the racket with an upright grip. Closed grips are ideal for players with an open forehand. This can be achieved by placing the racket on your head, while your knees are bent and your elbows are locked.
Tennis players that have a dominant hand should move the racket over their heads and over their shoulders. The racket should be facing your crotch if left handed, and it should face your waist if you’re left-handed. This will prevent the over-the head swing as well as the under-the-shoulder swing from occurring. When you swing, keep your wrists straight and lower your hips so that you don’t give either side of your body any space to swing.