Tennis is a hugely popular sport. Anyone can play tennis, from beginners to professionals. Tennis players can be divided into two broad categories based on their skill level to hit the ball farther and higher than a backhand or forehand. Most often, tennis players have difficulty with their forehands as they do not know how to properly engage the proper muscles for their forehands and in what order to hit strong forehands. In the same way, tennis players struggle with backhands due to the fact that they do not know enough about how to position themselves to hit a perfect backhand on the court. Therefore, these two important aspects of the game have to be addressed by those who want to excel at the sport.
A successful tennis swing depends on your grip. Many beginners make the mistake of holding their racket in a way that is too loose or tight and then miss the ball, making poor contact or having their racket slip when they swing at the ball. The right way to hold the racket in the right way will give you the best chance to hit the ball accurately every time.
Another thing to keep in mind is that your forehand swing path should be straight. As you approach the top of your follow-through, your forehand’s swing path should be curved towards your top. This is referred to as cut or high arc shot. A hook with a low arc will have an inherent wrist hinge as well as wrist extension. These factors will influence the type of shots you must be learning. For example, if you are practicing a technique referred to as the bank shot your forehand’s swing path will naturally move towards the top as you get closer to the ball.
Remember to always swing with your shoulders in line with the ball. This helps keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball as your arms swing freely. While you swing, your shoulders should not be able to leave the racquet’s socket. If this happens, it will be very difficult to take the ball back.
When you get close to the ball, be sure to move your arm to your side, not from your backside. By putting your arm on your side actually weakens your ability to generate power and produce a strong backswing. To get your arm to rotate correctly you need to hold a firm grip on the club. A weak grip can be very dangerous because it could cause you to be unable to catch the ball, or it can cause you to overextend your arm. This could cause injury.
The angle of your stance is another important factor in ensuring the grip you have. Tennis beginners are typically right-handed and wear their right hand slung across the body. For those who are just beginning the left arm is typically carried across their body. Most coaches advise that you hold the club in the neutral grip or similar to a baseball posture. A neutral grip can stop you from swinging with an arm that isn’t dominant.
Tennis players with open stance forehands tend to have issues with their forearms. Open stance forehand players tend to have issues with their grip. This issue can be fixed by holding the racket with a neutral grip. Closed grips are the best choice for players with an open forehand. This can be achieved 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 move the racket in front of their head and over their shoulders. The racket should face your crotch in case you are left handed and the racket should be pointing towards your waist if a left handed player. This will prevent the over the head swing and the under-the shoulder swing from happening. Keep your wrists straight while you swing. Also, make sure you don’t give any side of your body too much room.