Tennis is one of the most loved sports played in the world. Anyone can play tennis, from beginners to the pros. Tennis players can be grouped into two broad categories based on their level to hit the ball further and higher than a forehand or a backhand. Tennis players are often unable to hit forehands because of the lack of knowledge on how to effectively engage their muscles and what is the best way to hit powerful forehands. Likewise, tennis players also struggle with backhands because they aren’t aware about how to set themselves up to hit a perfect backhand on the court. So, these two crucial areas of the game need to be addressed by those who want to be successful in the game.
The grip is the most crucial aspect of the successful tennis swing. Many new players make the mistake of holding the racket too tight or loosely and end up missing the ball and making poor contact or letting their racket slide when they swing 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 keep in mind is that your forehand’s swing path should start out straight and then curve toward 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 an natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These aspects will determine what type of shots you should be practicing. For instance, if you are practicing a technique known as the bank shot your forehand’s swing path will naturally turn toward the top as you get closer to the ball.
Keep your shoulders in line with the ball when you swing. This helps to keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball as your arms move freely. Be aware that your shoulders must not move away from the socket or the racquet while you are swinging. This can make it extremely difficult to capture the ball in the event that this happens.
As you approach the ball, make sure to rotate your arm from your side, not from your backside. Rotating your arms to the side could decrease your power and ability to generate power. You need to have a strong grip to control your arm’s rotation. A weak grip can result in injury. It can cause you miss the ball or cause you to overextend your arms. This can lead to 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 body. For beginners the left arm is usually slung over their body. Most coaches recommend using a neutral grip, or in a manner similar to a baseball posture. A neutral grip can stop you from hitting with an arm that is not dominant.
Tennis players that have an open stance forehand 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. This problem can be solved by holding the racket in a neutral grip. Closed grips are ideal for tennis players who have an open forehand. This can be accomplished by placing the racket on your head while your knees are bent and your elbows are locked.
Tennis players who are non-dominant hand should hold the racket above their head and above their shoulders. If you’re a right-handed player the racket should point towards your crotch. If you’re a left-handed player, the racket should be pointing towards your waist. This will stop the swing that is over the head or the swing under the shoulder from happening. When you swing, keep your wrists straight and down your hips to ensure that you don’t allow either side of your body a chance to swing.