Tennis is among the most played sports played in the world. Everyone can play tennis, from beginners to the pros. Tennis players can be grouped into two broad categories based on their ability to hit the ball more and higher than a forehand or backhand. Most times, tennis players struggle with their forehands as they don’t know how to use the right muscles for their forehands and in which order to hit powerful forehands. Likewise, tennis players also struggle with backhands because they aren’t aware about the proper way to properly position themselves for a great backhand down the court. These two areas are essential to the sport and must be addressed.
The grip is the most important element of a successful tennis swing. Many new players make the mistake of holding the racket too tightly or too loosely, and end up either hitting the ball too far or making a poor contact or having the racket break off when they are swinging at the ball. The best way to strike the ball correctly is to hold the racket in the proper position.
Another important thing to be aware of is that your forehand swing path should begin straight 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 hook with a low arc will have an inherent wrist hinge as well as wrist extension. These factors will determine the kind of shots you should be practicing. For example, if you are practicing a technique known as the bank shot your forehand’s swing path will naturally shift towards the top as you get closer to the ball.
Always keep your shoulders aligned with the ball. This helps to keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball while your arms swing freely. While you swing, your shoulders must not leave the racquet’s socket. If this happens, it could be very difficult to take the ball back.
When you are approaching the ball, ensure to rotate your arm from your side, not your backside. Moving your arm towards your side can decrease your power and ability generate power. In order to get your arm to rotate properly, you must hold a firm grip on the club. A weak grip could be very dangerous because it can cause you be unable to catch the ball, or it could cause you to overextend your arm. This could lead to injuries.
The angle of your stance is another important factor in ensuring the grip you have. Tennis beginners are typically right-handed and have their left hand slung across the body. For beginners the left arm is usually carried over their body. Most coaches recommend holding the club with a neutral grip, or a style similar to a baseball position. The club should be held in a neutral posture will ensure that you don’t have a non-dominant arm when you swing.
Forehand tennis players who have an open stance are more likely to have problems with their forearms. If a player has an open stance forehand, they tend to twist their wrists, and they do not have a good grip. This issue can be resolved by holding the racket in an upright grip. Tennis players who have open stance forehand should attempt to have a closed grip. This can be accomplished by placing the racket over your head while your knees are bent and your elbows are locked.
Tennis players who have a non-dominant hand should move the racket in front of their head and above their shoulders. The racket should be facing your crotch in case you are left handed and should be facing your waist if left handed. This will stop the over-the head swing and the under-the-shoulder swing from happening. When you swing, keep your wrists straight, and keep them down your hips so that you do not give either side of your body any room to swing.