Tennis is among the most played sports in the world. Everyone can play tennis, from beginners to professionals. Tennis players can be classified into two broad categories based on their skill to hit the ball further and higher than a backhand or forehand. Tennis players are often unable to hit forehands because of the lack of knowledge on how to effectively engage their muscles and what to do to hit forehands that are strong. Tennis players also struggle with their backhands due lack of knowledge on how to properly position themselves to hit a good backhand down the court. So, these two crucial areas of the game need to be addressed by those who wish to be successful in the sport.
The grip is the most critical aspect of an effective tennis swing. Many beginners make the mistake of holding their racket too loose or tight and then miss the ball making poor contact, or letting their racket slide when they hit the ball. The right way to hold the racket in the right way will give you the best chance to hit the ball accurately every time.
Another important thing to be aware of is that your forehand swing should be straight from the beginning and then curve upwards towards the top of your body when you get to the top of your follow through. This is known as cut shots or high arc. A low arc or hook will begin with a more natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These aspects will affect the type of shots you should be learning. For instance, if you are practicing a technique that is known as the bank shot, your forehand’s swing path will naturally turn toward the top as you get closer to the ball.
Be sure to keep your shoulders squared with the ball. This will ensure that your shoulders are always in contact with your ball and allow your arms to move freely. Keep in mind that the shoulders should never be removed from the socket or tennis racquet during your swing. It can make it very difficult to capture the ball when this happens.
When approaching the ball, ensure that your arm is pointed from your side and not towards your backside. Rotating your arms to your side can actually decrease your power and ability generate power. To get your arm to rotate correctly it is essential to have a strong grip on the club. A weak grip can lead to injuries. It could cause you to not to hit the ball or cause you overextend your arms. This can result in injury.
The angle of your stance is another crucial factor to ensure a good grip. Most tennis players are right handed and have their right arm stretched across their body. The left arm of beginner players is usually slung over their body. Most coaches suggest holding the club with a neutral grip or a style similar to a baseball grip. A neutral grip will prevent you from hitting with an arm that is not dominant.
Tennis players who have open stance forehands tend to have issues with their forearms. Forehand players with an open stance are more likely to have issues with their grip. One way to address this problem is to hold the racket using an even grip. Tennis players with an open stance forehand should attempt to use a closed grip. This can be accomplished by putting the racket behind your head while your knees are bent and your elbows are locked.
Tennis players who are non-dominant hand should move the racket in front of their head and above their shoulders. 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 stop the over-the head swing and the under-the shoulder swing from happening. Keep your wrists straight while you swing. Also, ensure that you don’t give any side of your body too much room.