Tennis is a hugely popular sport. It is a sport anyone can play, from beginners to professionals. There are two primary categories of tennis players. They are classified based on their ability to hit the ball further than a backhand or forehand. Most often, 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 their backhands as they aren’t aware about how to properly position themselves for a great 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.
The grip is the most critical aspect of an effective tennis swing. Many beginners make the mistake of holding the racket in a way that is too loose or tight and then miss the ball, making poor contact or having their racket slip when they hit the ball. Holding the racket the right way will give you the best opportunity to strike the ball correctly every time.
Another important thing to keep in mind is that your forehand swing should start out straight and then curve toward the top of your body as you reach the top of your follow through. This is known as cut or high arc shot. A low arc or hook will begin with a more natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These factors will determine what type of shots you should be practicing. For instance, if you are practicing a technique known as the bank shot, your forehand swing will naturally turn toward the top as you get closer to the ball.
Keep your shoulders in line with the ball as you swing. This will ensure that your shoulders remain in constant contact with the ball and allow your arms to move freely. Remember that your shoulders must not move away from the socket or the tennis racquet during your swing. If this happens, it can be very difficult to capture the ball.
When you are approaching the ball, make sure to rotate your arm from your side, not from your backside. The arm that is rotated on your side can weaken your ability to generate power and create a great backswing. You need to have a strong grip to control your arm’s rotation. A weak grip could be very dangerous because it can cause you lose the ball or could cause you to extend your arm. This can result in injuries.
Another key factor in the proper grip is the angle you stand at. Tennis beginners are typically right-handed and have their right hand slung across the body. The left arm of beginner players is often slung across their body. Most coaches recommend using an even grip, or in a manner similar to a baseball grip. A neutral grip can stop you from hitting with an arm that isn’t dominant.
Tennis players with 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. One way to address this problem is to hold the racket using an even grip. Closed grips are ideal for players with an open forehand. This can be achieved by placing the racket on your head, while your knees are bent and your elbows are locked.
Tennis players who are non-dominant handed should swing the racket over their head and above their shoulders. If you’re a right handed player the racket should be facing your crotch. If you’re a lefthanded player, the racket should be pointing towards your waist. This will stop the over-the head swing and the under-the shoulder swing from happening. Keep your wrists straight as you swing. Also, ensure you don’t allow any side of your body too much room.