Tennis is among the most loved sports in the world. Everyone can play tennis, from beginners to professionals. Tennis players can be classified into two broad categories based on their ability to hit the ball farther and higher than a forehand or a backhand. Most times, tennis players struggle with hitting forehands because they do not know how to properly engage the proper muscles for their forehands or in what order to hit strong forehands. In the same way, tennis players struggle with backhands because they do not know enough about how to set themselves up to hit a perfect backhand on the court. These two areas are essential to the sport and must be addressed.
The grip is the most crucial aspect of an effective tennis swing. Many beginners make the error of holding their racket too tight or loosely and then miss the ball making poor contact, or letting their racket slide when they swing at the ball. Holding the racket the right way will provide you with the best chance to strike the ball correctly every time.
The other thing you need to remember is that your forehand’s swing path should be straight from the beginning and then curve upwards towards the top of your body when you get to the top of your follow through. This is called a high arc or cut shot. A hook with a low arc would start out with the more natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These aspects will affect the kind of shots you must be learning. If you are working on the bank shot technique, your forehand swing path will naturally curve toward the top as you get closer to the ball.
Always keep your shoulders in line with the ball. This will ensure that your shoulders are always in contact with the ball which allows your arms to swing with ease. Keep in mind that the shoulders should never move away from the socket or the tennis racquet during your swing. It can make it very difficult to catch the ball if this happens.
When you get close to the ball, ensure to move your arm to your side, not from your backside. Rotating your arms to your side can actually reduce your power and your ability to generate power. You must have a strong grip to control the rotation of your arm. A weak grip could result in injury. It could cause you to not to hit the ball or cause you to overextend your arms. This could cause injury.
The angle of your stance is another important factor in ensuring a good grip. Tennis beginners tend to be right-handed and have their left hand spread across their body. For those who are just beginning, their left arm is usually slung across their body. Most coaches recommend holding the club with an even grip, or in a manner similar to a baseball position. Holding the club in a neutral position can help prevent you from having an arm that is not dominant during your swing.
Tennis players that have an open stance forehands tend to have issues with their forearms. When players with an open stance forehand they are more likely to turn their wrists, and they do not have a good grip. This issue can be fixed by holding the racket in neutral grip. Tennis players who have open stance forehand should attempt to have a closed grip. This can be achieved by placing the racket on your skull, keeping your knees bent, and keeping your elbows locked.
Tennis players with a hand that is not dominant should swing the racket above their head and over their shoulders. If you’re a right handed player, the racket should face your crotch. If you’re a left-handed player, it should face towards your waist. This will prevent the swing that is over the head or the under-shoulder swing from happening. When you swing, keep your wrists straight, and keep them down your hips to ensure that you don’t allow either side of your body a chance to swing.