Tennis is a very popular sport. Everyone can play tennis, from beginners to professionals. Tennis players can be grouped into two broad categories based on their ability level to hit the ball more and higher than a backhand or forehand. Most times, tennis players struggle when they hit forehands due to the fact that they do not know how to properly engage the correct muscles for their forehands, and in what order to hit strong forehands. Tennis players also struggle with their backhands due lack of knowledge on how to position themselves to hit a solid backhand down the court. Therefore, these two important areas of the game need to be addressed by those who want to excel at the sport.
A successful tennis swing depends on your grip. Many new players make the mistake of holding their racket too tight or loosely 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 in the right way every time.
The other thing you need to be aware of is that your forehand swing path should start out straight and then curve towards the top of your body as you reach the top of your follow through. This is referred to as a high arc or cut shot. A hook with a low arc will have an natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These factors will determine what kind of shots you should be practicing. If you’re practicing the bank shot technique the forehand swing is likely to curve towards the top as you get closer to the ball.
Always keep your shoulders in line with the ball whenever you swing. This will ensure that your shoulders are always in contact with the ball which allows your arms to swing with ease. Be aware that your shoulders should never leave the socket or your racquet while you are swinging. If this happens, it could be very difficult to catch the ball.
When you approach the ball, ensure that your arm is pointing from your side and not your backside. Rotating your arm on your side actually weakens your ability to generate power and create a great backswing. You need a solid grip to control your arm’s movement. A weak grip can result in injuries. It could cause you to lose the ball, or cause you to overextend your arms. This could result in injury.
The angle of your stance is an important factor in ensuring the grip you have. Most tennis beginners are right-handed and carry their right arm across their bodies. For those who are just beginning the left arm is usually carried over their body. Most coaches recommend using an even grip, or a style similar to a baseball position. Holding the club in a neutral position can help prevent you from having an arm that is not dominant during your swing.
Tennis players that have an open stance forehands tend to have issues with their forearms. Forehand players with an open stance are more likely to have problems with their grip. This issue can be fixed by holding the racket in an upright grip. Tennis players with an open stance forehand should attempt to hold the racket with a closed grip. This can be achieved by placing the racket in front of your skull, your knees bent and your elbows locked.
Tennis players who are non-dominant hand should hold the racket above their head and above their shoulders. The racket should be facing your crotch if you are left handed and should be facing your waist if you’re a left handed player. This will stop the over-the head swing as well as the under-the-shoulder swing from occurring. Keep your wrists straight while you swing. Also, make sure you don’t give any side of your body too much space.