Tennis is among the most played sports in the world. Everyone can play tennis, from beginners to the pros. Tennis players can be grouped into two broad categories based on their skill level to hit the ball more and higher than a backhand or forehand. Most times, tennis players struggle with hitting forehands because they do not know how to properly engage the proper muscles for their forehands and in the right order to hit powerful forehands. In the same way, tennis players struggle with backhands because they aren’t aware about the proper way to position themselves to hit a nice backhand down the court. These two areas are crucial to the sport and must be addressed.
The grip is the most critical element of a successful tennis swing. Many beginners make the error of gripping the racket too tight or loose, and end up either not hitting the ball or making a poor contact or even having the racket break off when they are swinging at the ball. By holding the racket in the correct way will provide you with the best chance to hit the ball in the right way every time.
The other thing you need to be aware of is that your forehand’s swing path should be straight from the beginning and then curve upwards towards the top of your body as you approach the top of your follow through. This is referred to as cut or high arc shot. A low arc or hook would start out with the more natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These factors will determine the kind of shots you should be practicing. For example, if you are practicing a technique known as the bank shot your forehand swing path will naturally shift towards the top as you get closer to the ball.
Always keep your shoulders in line with the ball. This will ensure that your shoulders remain in constant contact with your ball and allow your arms to move freely. Remember that your shoulders must not leave the socket or your tennis racquet during your swing. If this happens, it can be extremely difficult to capture the ball.
When you are approaching the ball, ensure to rotate your arm from your side, not from your backside. Rotating your arm to the side could decrease your power and ability generate power. You need a solid grip to control the rotation of your arm. Having a weak grip can be very dangerous because it can cause you lose the ball or could cause you to extend your arm. This can result in injury.
Another important aspect in the correct grip is the angle you stand at. Tennis beginners are typically right-handed and wear their right hand draped across their body. The left arm of beginners is usually slung over their body. Most coaches recommend holding the club with a neutral grip or in a manner similar to a baseball grip. The club should be held in a neutral position will ensure that you don’t have an arm that is not dominant during your 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 issue can be fixed by holding the racket with neutral grip. Tennis players with an open stance forehand should attempt to hold the racket with a closed grip. You can achieve this by placing the racket behind your skull, keeping your knees bent, and keeping your elbows locked.
Tennis players who are non-dominant hand should hold the racket over their head and above their shoulders. The racket should point towards your crotch if a right handed player, and it should face your waist if left handed. This will stop the over-the head swing as well as the under-the-shoulder swing from occurring. Keep your wrists straight as you swing. Also, make sure you don’t allow any side of your body too much room.