Tennis is one of the most loved sports played in the world. Everyone can play tennis from beginners to pros. Tennis players can be grouped into two broad categories based on their skill level to hit the ball more and higher than a forehand or backhand. Tennis players typically struggle to hit forehands due inexperience with how to effectively engage their muscles and in what to do to hit forehands that are strong. In the same way, tennis players struggle with their backhands as they don’t know enough about how to set themselves up to hit a perfect backhand on the court. These two areas are crucial to the game and need to be addressed.
The grip is the most critical aspect of an effective tennis swing. Many beginners make the error of holding their racket too loose or tight and then miss the ball and making poor contact or letting their racket slide when they hit the ball. The best method to hit the ball correctly is to keep the racket in the correct position.
The other thing you need to remember is that your forehand swing path should start out straight and then curve towards the top of your body as you reach the top of your follow through. This is called cut shots or high arc. A low arc or hook would start out with a more natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These factors will influence the kind of shots you should be learning. If you are working on the bank shot technique your forehand’s swing course will naturally curve towards the top as you get closer to the ball.
Always keep your shoulders in line with the ball whenever you swing. This will ensure that your shoulders are always in contact with the ball and allow your arms to swing freely. Be aware that your shoulders must never move away from the socket or the racquet when you swing. If this happens, it can be very difficult to catch the ball.
When approaching the ball, ensure that your arm is directed from your side and not towards your backside. Rotating your arms to the side could decrease your power and ability to generate power. You need to have a strong grip to control your arm’s rotation. A weak grip can be extremely dangerous as it could cause you to be unable to catch the ball, or it can cause you to overextend your arm. This could result in injuries.
Another key factor in the correct grip is the angle you stand at. Tennis beginners are typically right-handed and wear their right hand slung across the body. The left arm of newbies is often carried over their body. Most coaches recommend that you hold the club with the neutral grip or like a baseball position. Holding the club in a neutral position will ensure that you don’t have an arm that is not dominant when you swing.
Tennis players that have an open stance forehands tend to have problems with their forearms. Open stance forehand players tend to have problems with their grip. A great way to solve this problem is to hold the racket with an even grip. Closed grips are best for tennis players who have an open forehand. This can be achieved by placing the racket behind your skull, your knees bent and your elbows locked.
Tennis players who have a non-dominant hand should hold the racket above their head and above their shoulders. If you’re a right-handed player, the racket should face your crotch. If you’re a lefthanded player, it should face towards your waist. This will stop the head-over-head swing or the swing under the shoulder from happening. When you swing keep your wrists straight and down your hips to ensure that you don’t give either side of your body a chance to swing.