Tennis is one of the most played sports in the world. Everyone can play tennis from beginners to professionals. Tennis players can be classified into two broad categories based on their skill to hit the ball farther and higher than a forehand or backhand. Tennis players typically struggle to hit forehands due to the lack of knowledge on how to effectively engage their muscles and in what is the best way to hit powerful forehands. In the same way, tennis players struggle with backhands because they do not know enough about how to position themselves to hit a nice backhand down the court. These two areas are vital to the game and need to be addressed.
The grip is the most important aspect of an effective tennis swing. Many beginners make the mistake of holding the racket too loose or tight and then miss the ball, making poor contact or having their racket slip when they swing at the ball. By holding the racket in the correct way will give you the best chance to strike the ball correctly 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 reach the top of your follow through. This is known as a high arc or cut shot. A low arc or hook will begin with a more natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These factors will determine the kind of shots you should be practicing. For example, if you are practicing a technique known as the bank shot your forehand’s swing path will naturally turn toward the top as you move closer to the ball.
Be sure to keep your shoulders aligned with the ball. This helps to keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball while your arms are free to move. When you swing, your shoulders must not move away from the socket of your racquet. If this happens, it could be very difficult to catch the ball.
As you approach the ball, ensure to move your arm to your side, not your backside. Moving your arm to your side can actually reduce your power and your ability generate power. You need to have a strong grip to control your arm’s movement. Having a weak grip can be very dangerous because it could cause you to be unable to catch the ball, or it could cause you to extend your arm. This could result in injuries.
Another important aspect in the proper grip is the angle you stand at. Most tennis players are right handed and have their right arm slung across their bodies. For those who are just beginning, their left arm is usually slung across their body. The majority of coaches suggest that you hold the club with the neutral grip or similar to a baseball position. A neutral grip will prevent you from hitting with an arm that isn’t dominant.
Forehand tennis players with open stances tend to have problems with their forearms. Forehands with an open stance tend to have problems with their grip. A great way to solve this issue is to hold the racket using a neutral grip. Tennis players with an open stance forehands should try to use a closed grip. This can be done by placing the racket over your head, while your knees are bent and your elbows are locked.
Tennis players that have a hand that is not dominant should swing the racket above their head and then over their shoulder. The racket should be facing your crotch if you are a right handed player, and it should face your waist if you are a left handed player. This will stop the over-the head swing and the under-the-shoulder swing from occurring. Keep your wrists straight while you swing. Also, make sure you don’t give any part of your body too much space.