Tennis is a hugely popular sport. It is a sport everyone can play, from beginners to pros. There are two primary types of tennis players. They can be classified according to their ability to hit the ball more than a forehand or backhand. Tennis players typically struggle to hit forehands due a lack of knowledge about how to effectively engage their muscles and what order to hit strong forehands. Tennis players also struggle with their backhands due to lack of understanding about how to position themselves to hit a solid backhand down the court. These two areas are crucial to the sport and must be addressed.
The grip is the most important aspect of an effective tennis swing. Many beginners make the error of holding the racket too tight or loosely and end up missing the ball, making poor contact or having their racket slip when they swing at the ball. Holding the racket the right way will provide you with the best chance to strike the ball correctly every time.
The other important factor to remember is that your forehand swing path should start out straight and then curve toward the top of your body as you approach the top of your follow through. This is called a cut shot or high arc. A hook with a low arc will have an inherent wrist hinge as well as wrist extension. These aspects will determine what kind of shots you should be practicing. For example, if you are practicing a technique known as the bank shot, your forehand swing will naturally move towards 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 as your arms are free to move. While you swing, your shoulders should not move away from the racquet’s socket. If this happens, it will be very difficult to take the ball back.
As you approach the ball, ensure to rotate your arm from your side, not from your backside. Moving your arm to the side could reduce your power and your ability to generate power. To get your arm to rotate correctly you need to have a strong grip on the club. Having a weak grip can be very dangerous because it can cause you to lose the ball or could cause you to extend your arm. This could cause injuries.
Another key factor in the proper grip is the angle of your stance. The majority of tennis players are right-handed and have their left hand spread across their body. The left arm of beginners is usually slung over their body. Most coaches suggest using a neutral grip or in a similar way to a baseball position. The club should be held in a neutral position will ensure that you don’t have an arm that is not dominant when you swing.
Forehand tennis players with open stances tend to have issues 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 with an even grip. Closed grips are the best choice for 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 are non-dominant handed should swing the racket in front of their head and above their shoulders. The racket should face your crotch in case you are a right handed player and the racket should be pointing towards your waist if you’re left-handed. This will prevent the over-the head swing as well as the under-the-shoulder swing from happening. When you swing keep your wrists straight and lower your hips to ensure that you don’t allow either side of your body any space to swing.