Tennis is a hugely popular sport. Everyone can play tennis, from beginners to pros. Tennis players can be grouped into two broad categories based on their skill to hit the ball more and higher than a backhand or forehand. Most often, tennis players struggle with hitting forehands because they don’t know how to properly engage the correct muscles for their forehands, and in the right order to hit powerful forehands. Likewise, tennis players also struggle with their backhands as they don’t know enough about how to position themselves to hit a perfect backhand on the court. These two areas are crucial to the game and must be addressed.
The grip is the most crucial element of an effective tennis swing. Many new players make the mistake of gripping the racket too tightly or loosely, and end up either not hitting the ball or making a poor contact or having the racket break off when they are swinging at the ball. Holding the racket the right way will provide you with the best chance to strike the ball correctly every time.
Another thing to keep in mind is that your forehand’s swing path should be straight. As you approach the top end of your follow-through, your forehand swing path should be curved towards your top. This is known as cut shots or high arc. A hook with a low arc would start out with an easier wrist hinge and wrist extension. These aspects will determine what kind of shots you should be practicing. If you’re practicing the bank shot technique your forehand’s swing is likely to curve towards the top as you get closer to the ball.
Keep your shoulders in line with the ball whenever you swing. This helps keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball as your arms are free to move. When you move your arms, your shoulders should not move away from the socket of your racquet. If this happens, it could be very difficult to capture the ball.
When you approach the ball, ensure that your arm is pointed from your side and not towards your backside. Rotating your arms to the side could reduce your power and ability to generate power. In order to get your arm to rotate correctly it is essential to be able to grip the club. Having a weak grip can be very dangerous because it could cause you to be unable to catch the ball, or it could cause you to overextend your arm. This could lead to injuries.
Another important aspect in the correct grip is the angle you stand at. Most tennis beginners are right-handed and have their right arm slung across their body. The left arm of beginners is usually slung over their body. The majority of coaches advise holding the club with a neutral grip or in a manner similar to a baseball position. Holding the club in a neutral position will ensure that you don’t have an arm that is not dominant when you swing.
Forehand tennis players with open stances tend to have problems with their forearms. When players with an open stance forehand, they tend to twist their wrists and not have a good grip. A great solution to this issue is to hold the racket with an even grip. Closed grips are the best choice for tennis players who have an open forehand. You can achieve this by placing the racket behind your skull, your knees bent, and your elbows locked.
Tennis players who have a non-dominant handed should swing the racket in front of their head and above their shoulders. If you’re a right handed player the racket should point towards your crotch. If you’re a lefthanded player, it should be facing towards your waist. This will stop the over-the head swing and the under-the shoulder swing from happening. Keep your wrists straight when you swing. Also, make sure you don’t give any side of your body too much space.