Tennis is one of the most popular sports in the world. Tennis is a game that everyone can play, from beginners to pros. Tennis players can be divided into two broad categories based on their skill to hit the ball more and higher than a backhand or forehand. Tennis players often struggle to hit forehands due inexperience with how to effectively engage their muscles and in what order to hit strong forehands. In the same way, tennis players struggle with backhands because they do not know enough about the proper way to set themselves up to hit a nice backhand down the court. Therefore, these two important areas of the game need to be addressed by those who wish to excel at the game.
A successful tennis swing is contingent on the grip you use. Many beginners make the mistake of gripping the racket too tightly or loosely, and end up either missing the ball, making improper contact, or even having the racket break off when they swing at the ball. The best way to hit the ball correctly is to keep the racket in the correct position.
Another thing to keep in mind is that your forehand’s swing path should be straight. As you approach the top end of your follow-through, your forehand’s path should be curved towards your top. This is known as cut shot or high arc. A hook with a low arc starts with the more natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These aspects will affect the type of shots you must be learning. For example, if you are practicing a technique referred to as the bank shot, your forehand swing will naturally shift towards the top as you move closer to the ball.
Remember to always swing with your shoulders squared with the ball. This will ensure that your shoulders are always in contact with your ball which allows your arms to move freely. Be aware that your shoulders should never be removed from the socket or racquet when you swing. It can make it very difficult to capture the ball if this occurs.
When approaching the ball, ensure that your arm is pointing towards your side, and not to your backside. The arm that is rotated on your side can weaken the ability of your arm to generate power and create a great backswing. To allow your arm to move properly, you must hold a firm grip on the club. A weak grip could lead to injury. It could cause you to lose the ball, or cause you to overextend your arms. This could result in injury.
Another important aspect in the proper grip is the angle you stand at. Most tennis players are right-handed and carry their right arm across their bodies. The left arm of beginner players is usually slung over their body. Most coaches advise that you hold the club with an open grip or like a baseball position. Holding the club in a neutral position will help prevent you from having a non-dominant arm when you swing.
Tennis players who have open stance forehand tend to have problems with their forearms. When players with an open stance forehand they tend to over-turn their wrists, and they do not have a proper grip. This issue can be fixed by holding the racket with neutral grip. Closed grips are ideal for tennis players with an open forehand. This can be accomplished by placing the racket on your head, while your knees are bent and your elbows are locked.
Tennis players that have a non-dominant hand should swing the racket over their heads and over their shoulder. If you’re a left handed player the racket should be facing your crotch. If you’re a left-handed player, it should face towards your waist. This will stop the over-the head swing as well as the under-the-shoulder swing from occurring. When you swing, keep your wrists straight and lower your hips, making sure you don’t allow either side of your body any room to swing.