Tennis is one of the most played sports in the world. Anyone can play tennis, from beginners to pros. There are two main categories of tennis players. They can be classified according to their ability to hit the ball further than a forehand or backhand. Most times, tennis players struggle with hitting forehands because they aren’t aware of how to properly engage the correct muscles for their forehands and in what order to hit strong forehands. In the same way, tennis players struggle with their backhands as they do not know enough about the proper way to set themselves up to hit a perfect backhand on the court. These two areas are essential to the sport and must be addressed.
The grip is the most critical aspect of the successful tennis swing. Many beginners make the error of holding their racket in a way that is too loose or tight and end up missing the ball and making poor contact or having their racket slip 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 accurately every time.
Another thing to keep in mind is that your forehand’s path should be straight. When you reach the top end of your follow-through, your forehand’s path should curve towards your top. This is called cut or high arc shot. A hook with a low arc would start out with the more natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These aspects will determine what type of shots you should be practicing. If you are practicing the bank shot technique, your forehand swing is likely to curve towards the top as it gets closer to the ball.
Always keep your shoulders in line with the ball as you swing. This will ensure that your shoulders are always in contact with your ball, allowing your arms to move freely. Be aware that your shoulders must not be removed from the socket or tennis racquet during your swing. If this happens, it could be extremely difficult to catch the ball.
When approaching the ball, make sure that your arm is pointed towards your side, and not to your backside. Rotating your arm on your side can weaken your ability to generate power and produce a strong backswing. You need a solid grip to control the rotation of your arm. A weak grip could lead to injuries. It could cause you to miss the ball, or cause you to overextend your arms. This could cause injury.
The angle of your stance is also an important aspect to ensure a good grip. Tennis beginners tend to be right-handed and have their right hand spread across their body. For beginners their left arm is usually carried over their body. Most coaches advise that you hold the club in a neutral grip or similar to a baseball posture. A neutral grip will stop you from swinging with an arm that isn’t dominant.
Tennis players who have open stance forehand tend to have problems with their forearms. Open stance forehand players tend to have issues with their grip. A great way to solve this issue is to hold the racket using an even grip. Closed grips are ideal for tennis players who have an open forehand. This can be achieved by putting the racket behind your head while your knees are bent and your elbows are locked.
Tennis players with a dominant hand should move the racket over their heads and then over their shoulder. The racket should point towards your crotch in case you are an right-handed player and should be facing your waist if you’re left-handed. This will help prevent either the over-the-head swing or the under-shoulder swing from occurring. Keep your wrists straight while you swing. Also, ensure you don’t give any part of your body too much room.