Tennis is one of the most popular sports in the world. Everyone can play tennis, from beginners to professionals. Tennis players can be divided into two broad categories based on their ability to hit the ball farther and higher than a backhand or forehand. Most often, tennis players struggle with their forehands as they aren’t aware of how to use the right muscles for their forehands, and in what order to hit strong forehands. Also, tennis players struggle with backhands due to the fact that they aren’t aware about how to set themselves up to hit a perfect backhand on the court. So, these two crucial aspects of the game have to be addressed by those who want to be a pro at the game.
The grip is the most crucial element of an effective tennis swing. Many beginners make the mistake of holding the racket in a way that is too loose or tight and end up missing the ball, making poor contact or letting their racket slide when they swing at the ball. By holding the racket in the correct way will give you the best opportunity to hit the ball accurately every time.
The other thing you need to be aware of is that your forehand swing should be straight from the beginning and then curve toward the top of your body as you approach the top of your follow through. This is called a cut shot or high arc. A hook with a low arc starts with an easier wrist hinge and wrist extension. These aspects will determine what kind of shots you need to be practicing. For instance, if, for example, you are practicing a technique referred to as the bank shot, your forehand swing will naturally move towards the top as you move closer to the ball.
Keep your shoulders in line with the ball when you swing. This helps keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball as your arms move freely. Remember that your shoulders must never move away from the socket or the racquet when you swing. If this happens, it could be extremely difficult to catch the ball.
When you are approaching the ball, be sure to rotate your arm from your side, not your backside. By putting your arm to the side will weaken your ability to generate energy and generate a good backswing. In order to get your arm to rotate properly you need to hold a firm grip on the club. A weak grip could be very dangerous because it can cause you to be unable to catch the ball, or it could cause you to extend your arm. This can result in injury.
Another important aspect in the correct grip is the angle of your stance. Most tennis players are right handed and carry their right arm across their body. For those who are just beginning their left arm is usually slung over their body. Most coaches recommend that you hold the club in an open 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. If players have an open stance forehand, they tend to twist their wrists and not have a good grip. A great way to solve this problem is to hold the racket with an even grip. Closed grips are ideal for 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 have a non-dominant hand should swing the racket above their head and over their shoulders. If you’re a right handed player the racket should be facing your crotch. If you’re a left-handed player, it should be facing towards your waist. This will prevent the over the head swing and the under-the-shoulder swing from happening. Keep your wrists straight when you swing. Also, ensure you don’t allow any side of your body too much room.