Tennis is among the most played sports in the world. Tennis is a game that anyone can play from beginners to professionals. There are two major categories of tennis players. They can be classified based on their ability to hit the ball more than a forehand or backhand. Tennis players typically struggle to hit forehands due to the lack of knowledge on how to properly engage their muscles and in what to do to hit forehands that are strong. Tennis players also have trouble with their backhands due lack of understanding about how to position themselves in order to hit a solid backhand down the court. Therefore, these two important aspects of the game have to be addressed by those who wish to be successful in the sport.
The grip is the most critical aspect of a successful tennis swing. Many beginners make the error of gripping the racket to tightly or too loosely and end up missing the ball or making a poor contact or even having the racket fall off while they swing at the ball. The best way to strike the ball correctly is to hold the racket in the proper position.
Another thing to keep in mind is that your forehand’s path should be straight. As you approach the top end of your follow-through, your forehand swing path should curve towards your top. This is called a cut shot or high arc. A hook with a low arc would have an natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These factors will influence the type of shots that you should be learning. For example, if you are practicing a technique referred to as the bank shot your forehand swing path will naturally move towards the top as you move closer to the ball.
Remember to always swing with your shoulders in line with the ball. This will ensure that your shoulders remain in constant contact with the ball and allow your arms to swing with ease. Keep in mind that the shoulders must never leave the socket or your racquet while you are swinging. It could make it extremely difficult to capture the ball if this happens.
When you are approaching the ball, ensure to move your arm to your side, not from your backside. Rotating your arm towards your side can reduce your power and ability generate power. You need to have a strong grip to control your arm’s movement. A weak grip could be extremely dangerous as it can cause you miss the ball or it can cause you to overextend your arm. This can lead to injuries.
Another crucial aspect of the proper grip is the angle you stand at. Most tennis players are right-handed and carry their right arm across their body. For those who are just beginning, their left arm is typically carried over their body. Most coaches suggest using a neutral grip or a style similar to a baseball position. By holding the club in a neutral posture will aid in preventing an arm that is not dominant when you swing.
Tennis players with open stance forehands tend to have problems with their forearms. When players with an open stance forehand they tend to over-turn their wrists and not have a proper grip. This issue can be resolved by using an upright grip. Tennis players with open stance forehands should try to have a closed grip. This can be achieved by placing the racket on 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 over their shoulders. The racket should point towards your crotch if you are left handed, and it should face 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 while you swing. Also, ensure you don’t allow any side of your body too much space.