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 their forehands as they don’t know how to engage the proper muscles for their forehands and in what order to hit strong forehands. Tennis players also struggle with their backhands because of lack of knowledge on how to position themselves to hit a good backhand down the court. These two areas are vital to the sport and must be addressed.
The grip is the most important element of the successful tennis swing. Many beginners make the mistake of holding the racket too tightly or too loosely, and end up either missing the ball or making an incorrect contact or having the racket fall off while they swing at the ball. The best way to strike the ball correctly is to hold the racket correctly in the right position.
The other thing you need to be aware of is that your forehand swing path should be straight from the beginning and then curve toward the top of your body as you approach the top of your follow through. This is called cut or high arc shot. A hook with a low arc would have an inherent wrist hinge as well as wrist extension. These aspects will affect the kind of shots you need to master. For example, if you are practicing a technique that is known as the bank shot, your forehand swing will naturally shift towards the top as you get closer to the ball.
Always keep your shoulders in line with the ball as you swing. This will ensure that your shoulders are always in contact with the ball and allow your arms to move freely. Be aware that your shoulders must never leave the socket or your racquet while you are swinging. If this happens, it will be very difficult to take the ball back.
As you approach the ball, make sure to move your arm to your side, not your backside. Rotating your arm to your side can actually decrease your power and ability generate power. You need a solid grip to control the rotation of your arm. A weak grip could lead to injury. It could cause you to miss the ball, or cause you to overextend your arms. This could result in injuries.
Another crucial aspect of the correct grip is the angle you stand at. The majority of tennis players are right-handed and carry their right arm across their body. For those who are just beginning their left arm is typically carried over their body. Most coaches advise that you hold the club with a neutral grip or 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. When players with an open stance forehand they tend to twist their wrists and not have a proper grip. A great solution to this issue is to hold the racket using an even grip. Tennis players with open stance forehand should attempt to use a closed grip. This can be achieved by putting the racket behind your head, while your knees are bent and your elbows are locked.
Tennis players who are non-dominant hand should hold the racket over their head and above their shoulders. If you’re a right handed player, the racket should face your crotch. If you’re a lefthanded player, it should be facing towards your waist. This will help prevent either the swing that is over the head or the under-the-shoulder swing from happening. When you swing, keep your wrists straight and down your hips so that you don’t give either side of your body any space to swing.