Tennis is a hugely popular sport. Anyone 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 further and higher than a forehand or a backhand. Most times, tennis players struggle with hitting forehands because they aren’t aware of how to properly use the right muscles for their forehands, and in which order to hit powerful forehands. Tennis players also have trouble with their backhands due lack of knowledge on how to position themselves in order to hit a strong backhand down the court. So, these two crucial areas of the game must to be addressed by those who wish to excel at the game.
A successful tennis swing is dependent on your grip. Many beginners make the error of holding the racket too tight or loose, and end up either missing the ball or making a poor contact or even having the racket fall off when they are swinging at the ball. The best way to strike the ball correctly is to keep the racket in the proper position.
The other thing you need to keep in mind 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 known as a high arc or cut shot. A hook with a low arc will have a natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These factors will determine what kind of shots you need to be practicing. If you are practicing the bank shot technique your forehand’s swing course will naturally curve towards the top as it gets closer to the ball.
Always keep your shoulders in line with the ball when you swing. This helps to keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball as your arms move freely. While you swing, your shoulders should not leave the socket of your racquet. This can make it extremely difficult to catch the ball in the event that this happens.
When approaching the ball, make sure that your arm is pointing from your side and not your backside. Moving your arm to the side could reduce your power and your 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 be extremely dangerous as it can cause you to lose the ball or could cause you to extend your arm. This can lead to injuries.
The angle of your stance is an important factor in ensuring the grip you have. Tennis beginners tend to be right-handed and have their right hand spread across their body. The left arm of beginner players is often slung across their body. Most coaches recommend that you hold the club with the neutral grip or like a baseball position. A neutral grip will stop you from swinging with an arm that isn’t dominant.
Tennis players with open stance forehands tend to have problems with their forearms. Open stance forehand players tend to have issues with their grip. A great way to solve this problem is to hold the racket with an even grip. Closed grips are ideal for tennis players with an open forehand. This can be achieved by placing the racket behind your skull, keeping your knees bent and your elbows locked.
Tennis players with a non-dominant hand should swing the racket above their head and over their shoulders. If you’re a right handed player the racket should point towards your crotch. If you’re a left-handed player, it should face towards your waist. This will help prevent either the head-over-head swing or the under-shoulder swing from happening. Keep your wrists straight while you swing. Also, ensure you don’t give any part of your body too much space.