Tennis is among the most loved sports in the world. It is a sport anyone can play 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 a backhand. Most times, tennis players struggle when they hit forehands due to the fact that they do not know how to properly use the right muscles for their forehands and in the right order to hit powerful forehands. Likewise, tennis players also struggle with backhands because they don’t know enough about the proper way to set themselves up to hit a nice backhand down the court. These two areas are crucial to the sport and must be addressed.
The grip is the most important aspect of an effective tennis swing. Many beginners make the mistake of gripping 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 break off when they swing at the ball. By holding the racket in the correct way will provide you with the best chance to strike the ball correctly every time.
Another thing to keep in mind is that your forehand’s path should be straight. When you reach the top of your follow-through, your forehand’s path should curve towards your top. This is known as a cut shot or high arc. A low arc or hook would start out with the more natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These factors will determine the kind of shots you need to be practicing. If you are practicing the bank shot technique the forehand swing is likely to curve towards the top as it gets closer to the ball.
Always 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 swing freely. While you swing, your shoulders should not move away from the racquet’s socket. It can make it very difficult to capture the ball if this occurs.
When you get close to the ball, be sure to rotate your arm from your side, not from your backside. By putting your arm on your side actually weakens the ability of your arm to generate power and produce a strong backswing. To allow your arm to rotate correctly you need to hold a firm grip on the club. A weak grip could be very dangerous because it can cause you to miss the ball or it could cause you to overextend your arm. This can result in injuries.
The angle of your stance is also an important aspect to ensure a good grip. The majority of tennis players are right handed and carry their right arm across their body. The left arm of beginner players is often slung across their body. Most coaches suggest using a neutral grip or a style similar to a baseball posture. A neutral grip will prevent you from swinging with an arm that is not dominant.
Open stance forehand tennis players are more likely to have problems with their forearms. If players have an open stance forehand, they tend to over-turn their wrists, and they do not have a proper 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. You can achieve this by placing the racket on your skull, your knees bent, and your elbows locked.
Tennis players who have a non-dominant hand should swing the racket over their head and then over their shoulder. If you’re a right-handed player the racket should be facing your crotch. If you’re a left-handed player, it should face towards your waist. This will prevent the over-the head swing as well as the under-the-shoulder swing from occurring. Keep your wrists straight as you swing. Also, ensure that you don’t allow any side of your body too much space.