Tennis is among the most played sports played in the world. Anyone can play tennis, from beginners to the pros. There are two major categories of tennis players. They can be classified based on their ability to hit the ball more than a forehand or backhand. Most times, tennis players struggle when they hit forehands due to the fact that they don’t know how to engage the proper muscles for their forehands or in what order to hit strong forehands. Tennis players also have trouble 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 essential to the game and need to be addressed.
The grip is the most important element of an effective tennis swing. Many beginners make the mistake of holding their racket too loose or tight and then miss the ball, making poor contact or letting their racket slide when they hit the ball. Holding the racket the right way will give you the best chance to hit the ball accurately every time.
The other thing you need to be aware of is that your forehand’s swing path should begin straight and then curve towards the top of your body as you reach the top of your follow through. This is referred to as cut or high arc shot. A hook with a low arc will have a natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These aspects will determine what kind of shots you need to be practicing. For instance, if you are practicing a technique that is known as the bank shot your forehand’s swing path will naturally turn toward the top as you get closer to the ball.
Remember to always swing with your shoulders aligned with the ball. This will keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball even as your arms move freely. When you swing, your shoulders must not leave the socket of your racquet. It can make it very difficult to catch the ball in the event that this happens.
When you get close to the ball, make sure to rotate your arm from your side, not from your backside. Rotating your arms to your side can actually reduce your power and your ability generate power. You need to have a strong grip to control your arm’s movement. A weak grip could result in injury. It can cause you miss the ball or cause you overextend your arms. This can lead to injuries.
Another key factor in the proper grip is the angle you stand at. The majority of tennis players are right-handed and wear their right hand draped across their body. For beginners the left arm is usually slung over their body. Most coaches recommend that you hold the club with an open grip or similar to a baseball position. A neutral grip will prevent you from hitting with an arm that is not dominant.
Forehand tennis players who have an open stance tend to have problems with their forearms. If a player has an open-stance forehand, they tend to twist their wrists, and they do not have a proper grip. A great solution to this problem is to hold the racket using an even grip. Closed grips are ideal 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 that have a hand that is not dominant should swing the racket over their heads and over their shoulder. If you’re a right handed player the racket should point towards your crotch. If you’re a left-handed player, it should be facing towards your waist. This will stop the head-over-head swing or the under-shoulder swing from occurring. When you swing, keep your wrists straight, and keep them down your hips, making sure you don’t allow either side of your body any space to swing.