Tennis is one of the most played sports played in the world. It is a sport anyone can play, from beginners to professional. There are two primary categories of tennis players. They can be classified based on their ability to hit the ball more than a forehand or backhand. Most often, tennis players have difficulty when they hit forehands due to the fact that they aren’t aware of how to engage the proper muscles for their forehands or in which order to hit powerful forehands. Tennis players also have trouble with their backhands because of lack of understanding about how to position themselves to hit a solid backhand down the court. This is why these two essential areas of the game need to be addressed by those who want to be successful in the sport.
A successful tennis swing is dependent on the grip you use. Many beginners make the mistake of holding the racket too tightly or loosely, and end up either hitting the ball too far or making a poor contact or even having the racket fall off when they swing at the ball. Holding the racket the right way will give you the best opportunity to hit the ball accurately every time.
The other important factor to be aware of is that your forehand’s swing path should start out straight and then curve towards the top of your body as you approach the top of your follow-through. This is referred to as a high arc or cut shot. A hook with a low arc will have a natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These factors will determine what kind of shots you should be practicing. For instance, if, for example, you are practicing a technique referred to as the bank shot, your forehand’s 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 keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball as your arms are free to move. Remember that your shoulders must not be removed from the socket or racquet while you are swinging. It could make it extremely difficult to capture the ball when this happens.
When you get close to the ball, be sure to move your arm to your side, not your backside. The arm that is rotated on your side actually weakens the ability of your arm to generate power and create a great backswing. In order to get your arm to rotate correctly, you must be able to grip the club. A weak grip could be extremely dangerous as it can cause you to miss 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 aspect to ensure the grip you have. Most tennis players are right-handed and carry their right arm across their bodies. For beginners their left arm is typically carried over their body. The majority of coaches advise holding the club with an even grip, or in a similar way to a baseball grip. A neutral grip will prevent you from swinging with an arm that isn’t dominant.
Open stance forehand tennis players tend to have issues with their forearms. When players with an open stance forehand they tend to twist their wrists and do not have a proper grip. A great solution to this issue is to hold the racket with an even grip. Tennis players with an open stance forehand should attempt to have a closed grip. This can be achieved by placing the racket behind your skull, your knees bent and your elbows locked.
Tennis players with a non-dominant hand should swing the racket over their head and over their shoulder. The racket should point towards your crotch if an right-handed player and should be facing your waist if you’re a left handed player. This will prevent the head-over-head swing or the under-the-shoulder swing from happening. When you swing keep your wrists straight and down your hips, making sure you do not give either side of your body any space to swing.