Tennis is a hugely popular sport. Everyone can play tennis, from beginners to pros. Tennis players can be divided into two broad categories based on their skill to hit the ball farther and higher than a forehand or a backhand. Tennis players typically struggle to hit forehands due to a lack of knowledge about how to properly engage their muscles and what to do to hit forehands that are strong. Tennis players also struggle with their backhands due to lack of knowledge on how to properly position themselves to hit a solid backhand down the court. These two areas are vital to the game and need to be addressed.
A successful tennis swing is dependent on your grip. Many new players make the mistake of holding the racket too tightly or loosely and end up not hitting the ball or making an incorrect contact or having the racket fall off while they swing at the ball. The best method to hit the ball correctly is to keep the racket in the proper position.
The other important factor to remember is that your forehand’s swing path should start out straight and then curve towards the top of your body when you get to the top of your follow-through. This is called cut shots or high arc. A hook with a low angle will have an inherent wrist hinge as well as wrist extension. These aspects will determine what kind of shots you should be practicing. For instance, if, for example, you are practicing a technique referred to as the bank shot, your forehand swing will naturally shift towards the top as you get closer to the ball.
Be sure to keep your shoulders aligned with the ball. This helps keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball even as your arms are free to move. When you swing, your shoulders should not move away from the racquet’s socket. If this happens, it could be extremely difficult to catch the ball.
When you get close to the ball, ensure to move your arm to your side, not from your backside. Rotating your arms towards your side can reduce your power and ability to generate power. To allow your arm to move properly it is essential to be able to grip the club. A weak grip can be extremely dangerous as it can cause you miss the ball or it can cause you to overextend your arm. This could result in injuries.
Another key factor in the proper grip is the angle you stand at. Most tennis beginners are right-handed and have their right arm stretched across their bodies. For those who are just beginning the left arm is usually carried across their body. Most coaches recommend that you hold the club with a neutral grip or similar to a baseball position. A neutral grip can stop you from swinging with an arm that is not dominant.
Open stance forehand tennis players are more likely to have issues with their forearms. If a player has an open-stance forehand, they are more likely to turn their wrists and not have a good grip. This issue can be fixed by holding the racket with a neutral grip. Closed grips are ideal for tennis players who have an open forehand. You can achieve this by placing the racket behind your skull, your knees bent, and keeping your elbows locked.
Tennis players that have a dominant hand should move the racket above their head and over their shoulder. If you’re a left 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 over-the head swing as well as the under-the-shoulder swing from happening. Keep your wrists straight as you swing. Also, ensure you don’t give any side of your body too much room.