Tennis is a very well-known sport. Anyone can play tennis, from beginners to professionals. Tennis players can be grouped into two broad categories based on their ability to hit the ball more and higher than a backhand or forehand. Most often, tennis players struggle with hitting forehands because they aren’t aware of how to properly engage the correct muscles for their forehands and in the right order to hit powerful forehands. In the same way, tennis players struggle with backhands due to the fact that they do not know enough about how to properly position themselves for a perfect backhand on the court. These two areas are vital to the sport and must be addressed.
A successful tennis swing depends on your grip. Many new players make the mistake of holding the racket too loose or tight and end up missing the ball making poor contact, or having their racket slip when they hit the ball. The best method to hit the ball correctly is to hold the racket in the correct position.
Another important thing to remember is that your forehand’s path should be straight. As you approach the top end of your follow-through, your forehand swing path should be curved towards your top. This is known as cut or high arc shot. A hook with a low arc starts with an easier wrist hinge and wrist extension. These aspects will affect the type of shots that you need to master. For example, if you are practicing a technique known as the bank shot your forehand swing 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 ensure that your shoulders are always in contact with the ball, allowing your arms to move freely. When you move your arms, your shoulders should not move away from the racquet’s socket. It can make it very difficult to take the ball back if this occurs.
When you approach the ball, ensure that your arm is directed from your side and not towards your backside. Rotating your arms to your side can actually reduce your power and your ability to generate power. You need a solid grip to control your arm’s rotation. A weak grip could lead to injury. It can cause you lose the ball or cause you to overextend your arms. This could lead to injuries.
Another key factor in the proper grip is the angle of your stance. Tennis beginners tend to be right-handed and have their right hand slung across the body. For beginners the left arm is typically carried across their body. Most coaches suggest holding the club with a neutral grip or in a similar way to a baseball position. The club should be held in a neutral position will aid in preventing an arm that is not dominant during your swing.
Forehand tennis players who have an open stance tend to have problems with their forearms. Forehand players with an open stance are more likely to have issues with their grip. This issue can be fixed by holding the racket in neutral grip. Closed grips are ideal for players with an open forehand. You can achieve this by placing the racket in front of your skull, your knees bent and your elbows locked.
Tennis players who have a dominant hand should move the racket over their heads and over their shoulder. If you’re a right-handed player the racket should be facing your crotch. If you’re a left-handed player, it should be facing towards your waist. This will prevent the head-over-head swing or the under-shoulder swing from occurring. Keep your wrists straight when you swing. Also, make sure you don’t give any part of your body too much room.