Tennis is a hugely popular sport. Anyone can play tennis, from beginners to pros. Tennis players can be classified into two broad categories based on their ability level to hit the ball farther and higher than a backhand or forehand. Most times, tennis players struggle with their forehands as they don’t know how to engage the proper muscles for their forehands and in which order to hit powerful forehands. Also, tennis players struggle with their backhands as they don’t know enough about the proper way to position themselves to hit a perfect backhand on the court. These two areas are vital to the game and must be addressed.
The grip is the most critical aspect of the successful tennis swing. Many new players make the mistake of holding the racket too tight or loose, and end up either hitting the ball too far or making an incorrect contact or even having the racket fall off when they swing at the ball. The best method to hit the ball correctly is to keep the racket correctly in the right position.
Another important thing to remember is that your forehand swing path should be straight from the beginning and then curve upwards towards the top of your body as you approach the top of your follow through. This is known as a cut shot or high arc. A low arc or hook will begin with an easier wrist hinge and wrist extension. These factors will determine the type of shots you should be practicing. If you are working on the bank shot technique the forehand swing path will naturally curve toward the top as you get closer to the ball.
Keep your shoulders in line with the ball when you swing. This will ensure that your shoulders are always in contact with your ball, allowing your arms to swing freely. When you swing, your shoulders must not be able to leave the socket of your racquet. It could make it extremely difficult to capture the ball if this happens.
When you are approaching the ball, make sure to rotate your arm from your side, not your backside. Rotating your arm to the side could reduce your power and your ability generate power. You need to have a strong grip to control the rotation of your arm. A weak grip can lead to injuries. It can cause you miss the ball or cause you overextend your arms. This could result in injuries.
Another crucial aspect of the correct grip is the angle of your stance. The majority of tennis players are right handed and have their right arm slung across their bodies. For beginners their left arm is typically carried over their body. Most coaches advise that you hold the club in an open grip or similar to a baseball posture. A neutral grip will prevent you from swinging with an arm that isn’t dominant.
Tennis players who have open stance forehands tend to have problems with their forearms. Forehands with an open stance tend to have problems with their grip. A great solution to this problem is to hold the racket using an even grip. Closed grips are ideal for tennis players with an open forehand. This can be accomplished by putting the racket behind your head, while your knees are bent and your elbows are locked.
Tennis players who are non-dominant hand should hold the racket over their head and over their shoulders. The racket should face your crotch if you are an right-handed player and the racket should be pointing towards your waist if you are a left handed player. This will prevent the over-the head swing as well as the under-the-shoulder swing from happening. When you swing, keep your wrists straight and down your hips to ensure that you don’t allow either side of your body a chance to swing.