Tennis is among the most played sports in the world. It is a sport everyone can play, from beginners to professional. Tennis players can be grouped into two broad categories based on their ability level to hit the ball more and higher than a forehand or backhand. Most often, tennis players have difficulty with their forehands as they do not know how to engage the correct muscles for their forehands or in which order to hit powerful forehands. Tennis players also have trouble with their backhands due to lack of understanding about how to position themselves to hit a strong backhand down the court. These two areas are vital to the game and need to be addressed.
The grip is the most important aspect of an effective tennis swing. Many beginners make the error of gripping the racket too tightly or loosely and end up missing the ball or making an incorrect contact or having the racket break off when they are swinging at the ball. The best way to strike the ball correctly is to keep the racket correctly in the right position.
Another thing to keep in mind is that your forehand swing path should be straight. When you reach the top of your follow-through, your forehand’s path should be curved towards your top. This is known as cut or high arc shot. A low arc or hook would start out with a more natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These factors can affect the type of shots that you need to master. If you are 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 in constant contact with the ball and allow your arms to move freely. Remember that your shoulders must never move away from the socket or the racquet when you swing. It can make it very difficult to take the ball back if this occurs.
When you approach the ball, ensure that your arm is directed towards your side, and not your backside. The arm that is rotated to the side will weaken your ability to generate power and create a great backswing. To allow your arm to move properly you need to hold a firm grip on the club. Having a weak grip can be dangerous since it could cause you to miss the ball or it could cause you to overextend your arm. This can result in injury.
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 hand draped across their body. For those who are just beginning the left arm is usually slung over their body. Most coaches recommend that you hold the club in the neutral grip or similar to a baseball posture. A neutral grip can stop you from hitting with an arm that is not dominant.
Open stance forehand tennis players are more likely to have problems with their forearms. If players have an open stance forehand they are more likely to turn their wrists and not have a good grip. A great way to solve this problem is to hold the racket using an even grip. Tennis players with open stance forehand should attempt to hold the racket with 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 who are non-dominant hand should move the racket over their head and over their shoulders. The racket should point towards your crotch if a right handed player and should be facing your waist if left-handed. This will stop the over-the head swing as well as the under-the-shoulder swing from happening. Keep your wrists straight when you swing. Also, ensure you don’t give any part of your body too much space.