Tennis is among the most played sports in the world. Everyone can play tennis, from beginners to professionals. Tennis players can be divided into two broad categories based on their ability to hit the ball further and higher than a backhand or forehand. Most often, tennis players have difficulty with their forehands as they do not know how to engage the correct muscles for their forehands and in which order to hit powerful forehands. Also, tennis players struggle with backhands due to the fact that they aren’t aware about the proper way to set themselves up to hit a great backhand down the court. These two areas are vital to the game and must be addressed.
The grip is the most important element of an effective tennis swing. Many beginners make the error of holding the racket too tight or loose, and end up either missing the ball or making a poor contact or even having the racket fall off when they swing at the ball. Holding the racket the right way will provide you with the best chance to hit the ball accurately every time.
Another important thing to remember is that your forehand swing path should begin straight and then curve toward the top of your body when you get to the top of your follow through. This is referred to as cut shots or high arc. A low arc or hook starts with the more natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These factors will influence the kind of shots you need to master. If you are practicing the bank shot technique the forehand swing path will naturally curve toward the top as you get closer to the ball.
Keep your shoulders in line with the ball as you swing. This helps to keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball as your arms swing freely. While you move your arms, your shoulders should not be able to leave the racquet’s socket. It could make it extremely difficult to take the ball back when this occurs.
When you approach the ball, make sure that your arm is directed from your side and not towards your backside. Rotating your arms to your side can actually decrease your power and ability to generate power. In order to get your arm to rotate properly you need to 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 overextend your arms. This can lead to injuries.
Another crucial aspect of the proper grip is the angle of your stance. Tennis beginners tend to be right-handed and have their left hand draped across their body. The left arm of beginner players is often slung across their body. Most coaches advise that you hold the club with the neutral grip or similar to a baseball posture. By holding the club in a neutral posture will ensure that you don’t have an arm that is not dominant when you swing.
Open stance forehand tennis players are more likely to have issues with their forearms. Open stance forehand players tend to have issues with their grip. This problem can be solved by holding the racket with an upright grip. Closed grips are the best choice for players with an open forehand. This can be achieved by placing the racket over your head while your knees are bent and your elbows are locked.
Tennis players who have a dominant hand should move the racket over their head and over their shoulder. The racket should point towards your crotch if you are an right-handed player and the racket should be pointing towards your waist if a left handed player. This will stop the over-the head swing as well as the under-the-shoulder swing from occurring. Keep your wrists straight while you swing. Also, ensure that you don’t allow any side of your body too much room.