Tennis is one of the most played sports in the world. Anyone can play tennis, from beginners to the pros. Tennis players can be classified into two broad categories based on their level to hit the ball further and higher than a forehand or backhand. Tennis players typically struggle to hit forehands because of a lack of knowledge about how to effectively engage their muscles and in what order to hit strong forehands. Tennis players also struggle with their backhands due to lack of knowledge on how to properly position themselves to hit a strong backhand down the court. These two areas are vital to the sport and must be addressed.
A successful tennis swing is dependent on the grip you use. Many new players make the mistake of holding the 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 way to strike the ball correctly is to keep the racket in the proper position.
Another important thing to be aware of is that your forehand’s swing path should be straight from the beginning and then curve upwards towards the top of your body as you reach the top of your follow-through. This is referred to as a cut shot or high arc. A low arc or hook would start out with an easier wrist hinge and wrist extension. These factors will influence the type of shots that you must be learning. If you are working on the bank shot technique the forehand swing course will naturally curve towards the top as it gets closer to the ball.
Keep your shoulders in line with the ball as you swing. This will ensure that your shoulders remain in constant contact with the ball, allowing your arms to move freely. Be aware that your shoulders must never be removed from the socket or racquet when you swing. This can make it extremely difficult to capture the ball when this occurs.
As you approach the ball, ensure to move your arm to your side, not your backside. Rotating your arms to your side can actually reduce your power and ability to generate power. You must have a strong grip to control your arm’s rotation. A weak grip can be extremely dangerous as it could cause you to miss the ball or it could cause you to extend your arm. This can result in injuries.
Another key factor in the proper grip is the angle of your stance. Most tennis beginners are right-handed and have their right arm stretched across their bodies. For beginners, their left arm is usually carried over their body. The majority of coaches advise holding the club with an even grip, or a style similar to a baseball posture. A neutral grip can stop you from hitting with an arm that isn’t dominant.
Open stance forehand tennis players tend to have problems with their forearms. Forehand players with an open stance are more likely to have problems with their grip. One way to address this problem is to hold the racket with a neutral grip. Closed grips are ideal for tennis players with an open forehand. This can be done by placing the racket over your head, while your knees are bent and your elbows are locked.
Tennis players who have a non-dominant handed should swing the racket over their head and above their shoulders. The racket should point towards your crotch in case you are a right handed player, and it should face your waist if a left handed player. This will stop the over-the head swing as well as the under-the-shoulder swing from happening. Keep your wrists straight while you swing. Also, ensure you don’t give any side of your body too much space.