Tennis is one of the most played sports in the world. Everyone can play tennis from beginners to pros. There are two main categories of tennis players. They can be classified based on their ability to hit the ball more than a forehand or backhand. Most often, tennis players struggle with their forehands as they do not know how to properly use the right muscles for their forehands or in the right order to hit powerful forehands. Likewise, tennis players also struggle with backhands due to the fact that they don’t know enough about how to set themselves up to hit a perfect backhand on the court. So, these two crucial areas of the game need to be addressed by those who wish to be a pro at the sport.
A successful tennis swing is contingent on the grip you use. Many beginners make the mistake of gripping the racket to tightly or loosely, and end up either hitting the ball too far or making a poor contact or having the racket break off when they are swinging at the ball. The best way to strike the ball correctly is to keep the racket in the correct position.
Another important thing to remember is that your forehand’s path should be straight. As you get closer to the top of your follow-through, your forehand’s path should curve towards your top. This is known as cut shots or high arc. A hook with a low arc will have an natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These aspects will affect the type of shots you need to master. For instance, if you are practicing a technique referred to as the bank shot your forehand swing path will naturally turn toward the top as you get closer to the ball.
Be sure to keep your shoulders squared with the ball. This will ensure that your shoulders are in constant contact with your ball and allow your arms to move freely. When you swing, your shoulders must not leave the socket of your racquet. It could make it extremely difficult to capture the ball when this happens.
When you approach the ball, ensure that your arm is pointed from your side , not to your backside. Rotating your arms towards your side can reduce your power and your ability to generate power. To allow your arm to move properly it is essential to be able to grip the club. Having a weak grip can be extremely dangerous as it can cause you to lose the ball or could cause you to extend your arm. This can lead to injuries.
Another important aspect in the proper grip is the angle you stand at. Tennis beginners are typically right-handed and have their right hand slung across the body. The left arm of beginner players is usually slung over their body. Most coaches recommend that you hold the club in a neutral grip or like a baseball position. A neutral grip will stop you from hitting with an arm that isn’t dominant.
Tennis players who have open stance forehand tend to have problems with their forearms. If a player has an open stance forehand they tend to over-turn their wrists and not have a good grip. One way to address this issue is to hold the racket using an even grip. Closed grips are ideal for tennis players with an open forehand. This can be done by putting the racket behind your head, while your knees are bent and your elbows are locked.
Tennis players who are non-dominant hand should hold the racket in front of their head and over their shoulders. The racket should point towards your crotch in case you are a right handed player and should be facing your waist if you are a left handed player. This will prevent the over-the head swing and the under-the-shoulder swing from happening. Keep your wrists straight while you swing. Also, ensure that you don’t give any side of your body too much space.