Tennis is one of the most loved sports played in the world. Everyone can play tennis from beginners to pros. Tennis players can be classified into two broad categories based on their skill level to hit the ball more and higher than a forehand or a backhand. Tennis players often struggle to hit forehands due to inexperience with how to effectively engage their muscles and what to do to hit forehands that are strong. Tennis players also struggle with their backhands due lack of understanding about how to properly position themselves to hit a solid backhand down the court. These two areas are essential to the sport and must be addressed.
A successful tennis swing is dependent on the grip you use. Many beginners make the error of holding the racket too tight or loosely and end up missing the ball and making poor contact or letting their racket slide when they swing at the ball. Holding the racket the right way will give you the best chance to hit the ball in the right way every time.
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 known as a cut shot or high arc. A low arc or hook will begin with an easier wrist hinge and wrist extension. These aspects will affect the kind of shots you should be learning. If you’re practicing the bank shot technique the 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 helps keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball while your arms are free to move. Remember that your shoulders should never be removed from the socket or racquet when you swing. If this happens, it can be extremely difficult to capture the ball.
When you get close to the ball, ensure to move your arm to your side, not from your backside. Rotating your arm on your side can weaken the ability of your arm to generate power and produce a strong backswing. To allow your arm to rotate correctly, you must be able to grip the club. A weak grip could be dangerous since it can cause you to miss the ball or it could cause you to overextend your arm. This could result in injuries.
The angle of your stance is another important factor in ensuring the grip you have. Most tennis beginners are right handed and carry their right arm across their body. For those who are just beginning their left arm is usually slung across their body. Most coaches suggest holding the club with an even grip, or in a manner similar to a baseball position. By holding the club in a neutral position will aid in preventing an arm that is not dominant during your swing.
Tennis players who have open stance forehand tend to have problems with their forearms. If a player has an open-stance forehand, they are more likely to turn their wrists, and they do not have a good grip. This issue can be resolved by holding the racket with neutral grip. Closed grips are ideal for players with an open forehand. This can be achieved by placing the racket behind your skull, keeping your knees bent, and keeping your elbows locked.
Tennis players who have a non-dominant handed should swing the racket above their head and above their shoulders. The racket should point towards your crotch if you are a right handed player and should be facing your waist if you’re left handed. This will stop the over-the head swing and the under-the shoulder swing from happening. When you swing, keep your wrists straight, and keep them down your hips to ensure that you don’t give either side of your body a chance to swing.