Tennis is one of the most loved sports played in the world. It is a sport anyone can play, from beginners to pros. Tennis players can be grouped into two broad categories based on their to hit the ball farther and higher than a forehand or a backhand. Most often, tennis players have difficulty with hitting forehands because they do not know how to properly use the right muscles for their forehands, and in the right order to hit powerful forehands. Tennis players also struggle with their backhands due insufficient knowledge about how to position themselves to hit a good backhand down the court. These two areas are crucial to the sport and must be addressed.
The grip is the most critical element of the successful tennis swing. Many beginners make the error of holding their racket too tight or loosely and then miss the ball and making poor contact or letting their racket slide when they swing at the ball. The best method to hit the ball correctly is to hold the racket in the proper position.
The other important factor to keep in mind is that your forehand swing path should be straight from the beginning and then curve towards the top of your body as you reach the top of your follow-through. This is known as cut shots or high arc. A low arc or hook would start out with the more natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These factors will determine the kind of shots you should be practicing. For example, if you are practicing a technique referred to as the bank shot your forehand swing path will naturally shift towards the top as you get closer to the ball.
Be sure to keep your shoulders squared with the ball. This helps to keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball as your arms move freely. Keep in mind that the shoulders should never move away from the socket or the racquet when you swing. This can make it extremely difficult to take the ball back when this occurs.
When you are approaching the ball, ensure to rotate your arm from your side, not from your backside. Rotating your arm towards your side can decrease your power and ability to generate power. To allow your arm to rotate correctly you need to have a strong grip on the club. A weak grip can be very dangerous because it can cause you to be unable to catch the ball, or it can cause you to overextend your arm. This can result in injuries.
The angle of your stance is also an important aspect to ensure an effective grip. The majority of tennis players are right-handed and have their right arm slung across their bodies. For beginners the left arm is typically carried over their body. Most coaches recommend holding the club with a neutral grip, or in a manner similar to a baseball position. By holding the club in a neutral position will help prevent you from having an arm that is not dominant when you swing.
Tennis players with open stance forehand are more likely to have issues with their forearms. If players have an open stance forehand, they are more likely to turn their wrists, and they do not have a good grip. One way to address this problem is to hold the racket using an even grip. Tennis players with an open stance forehands should try to have 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 with a dominant hand should move the racket over their head and then over their shoulder. The racket should face your crotch in case you are an right-handed player and the racket should be pointing towards your waist if you’re left handed. This will stop the over-the head swing as well as the under-the-shoulder swing from occurring. When you swing, keep your wrists straight and lower your hips to ensure that you do not give either side of your body any space to swing.