Tennis is among the most popular sports played in the world. Everyone can play tennis from beginners to pros. Tennis players can be grouped into two broad categories based on their ability to hit the ball further and higher than a forehand or backhand. Tennis players often struggle to hit forehands due to the lack of knowledge on how to properly engage their muscles and what order to hit strong forehands. Tennis players also have trouble with their backhands due insufficient knowledge about how to position themselves in order to hit a solid backhand down the court. So, these two crucial areas of the game need to be addressed by those who wish to be a pro at the game.
A successful tennis swing depends on the grip you use. Many new players make the mistake of holding the racket too loose or tight and end up missing the ball making poor contact, or having their racket slip when they hit the ball. The right way to hold the racket in the right way will provide you with the best chance to hit the ball in the right way every time.
Another important thing to keep in mind is that your forehand’s swing path should begin straight and then curve towards the top of your body as you approach the top of your follow through. This is called a high arc or cut shot. A hook with a low arc would have a natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These aspects will affect the kind of shots you must be learning. For instance, if you are practicing a technique known as the bank shot your forehand swing will naturally shift towards the top as you move closer to the ball.
Always keep your shoulders in line with the ball when you swing. This helps to keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball even as your arms move freely. While you swing, your shoulders must not move away from the socket of your racquet. It could make it extremely difficult to catch the ball when this occurs.
When you are approaching the ball, ensure that your arm is pointed towards your side, and not to your backside. By putting your arm on your side can weaken your ability to generate power and generate a good backswing. To allow your arm to rotate properly it is essential to hold a firm grip on the club. Having a weak grip can be dangerous since it can cause you lose the ball or could cause you to extend your arm. This could result in injury.
Another crucial aspect of the correct grip is the angle of your stance. Most tennis players are right-handed and have their right arm slung across their bodies. The left arm of beginners is often slung across their body. Most coaches recommend that you hold the club with a neutral grip or similar to a baseball position. A neutral grip can stop you from hitting with an arm that is not dominant.
Forehand tennis players with open stances tend to have issues with their forearms. Forehands with an open stance tend to have issues with their grip. One way to address this issue is to hold the racket using an even grip. Closed grips are ideal for players with an open forehand. This can be done by putting the racket behind your head, while your knees are bent and your elbows are locked.
Tennis players who have a non-dominant hand should hold the racket over their head and above their shoulders. The racket should point towards your crotch in case you are an right-handed player and should be facing your waist if you are left handed. This will prevent the over-the head swing and the under-the shoulder swing from happening. Keep your wrists straight as you swing. Also, ensure you don’t allow any side of your body too much room.