Tennis is among the most loved sports played in the world. Everyone can play tennis from beginners to the pros. Tennis players can be classified into two broad categories based on their skill level to hit the ball more and higher than a forehand or a backhand. Tennis players typically struggle to hit forehands due inexperience with how to properly engage their muscles and in what is the best way to hit powerful forehands. Also, tennis players struggle with their backhands as they aren’t aware about how to properly position themselves for a nice backhand down the court. So, these two crucial aspects of the game have to be addressed by those who wish to be a pro at the game.
The grip is the most crucial aspect of an effective tennis swing. Many beginners make the mistake of gripping the racket too tightly or too loosely, and end up either missing the ball or making a poor contact or having the racket fall off when they are swinging at the ball. Holding the racket the right way will provide you with the best chance to strike the ball correctly every time.
Another important thing to remember is that your forehand’s path should be straight. As you approach the top of your follow-through, your forehand’s path should curve towards your top. This is called a cut shot or high arc. A low arc or hook would start out with the more natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These factors can affect the type of shots that you should be learning. For instance, if, for example, you are practicing a technique referred to as the bank shot your forehand swing path will naturally move towards the top as you move closer to the ball.
Always keep your shoulders in line with the ball. This helps to keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball even as your arms move freely. While you swing, your shoulders should not be able to leave the racquet’s socket. If this happens, it could be extremely difficult to capture the ball.
When you approach the ball, ensure that your arm is pointing towards your side, and not towards your backside. Moving your arm towards your side can reduce your power and ability to generate power. You need a solid grip to control the rotation of your arm. Having a weak grip can be very dangerous because it could cause you to miss the ball or it could cause you to overextend your arm. This could result in injuries.
Another important aspect in the proper grip is the angle of your stance. Most tennis beginners are right-handed and carry their right arm across their bodies. For those who are just beginning the left arm is usually carried across their body. Most coaches advise that you hold the club with an open grip or similar to a baseball posture. A neutral grip will prevent you from swinging with an arm that is not dominant.
Tennis players with open stance forehand are more likely to have problems 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. Tennis players with open stance forehands should try to hold the racket with a closed grip. This can be done by placing the racket on your head while your knees are bent and your elbows are locked.
Tennis players who have a dominant hand should move the racket above their head and then over their shoulder. The racket should be facing your crotch in case you are a right handed player and the racket should be pointing towards your waist if you are left-handed. This will prevent the over-the-head swing or the under-the-shoulder swing from occurring. When you swing keep your wrists straight and lower your hips so that you do not give either side of your body any space to swing.