Tennis is one of the most loved sports in the world. Everyone can play tennis from beginners to pros. Tennis players can be divided into two broad categories based on their level to hit the ball further and higher than a backhand or forehand. Tennis players often struggle to hit forehands because of a lack of knowledge about how to effectively engage their muscles and in what order to hit strong forehands. In the same way, tennis players struggle with their backhands as they don’t know enough about how to properly position themselves for a nice backhand down the court. These two areas are crucial to the game and need to be addressed.
The grip is the most crucial element of the successful tennis swing. Many beginners make the error of holding their racket too loose or tight and then miss the ball making poor contact, or letting their racket slide when they hit the ball. The best way to hit the ball correctly is to keep the racket in the proper position.
Another important thing to remember is that your forehand’s swing path should be straight. As you get closer to the top of your follow-through, your forehand swing path should be curved towards your top. This is called cut shots or high arc. A hook with a low arc will have an inherent wrist hinge as well as wrist extension. These aspects will determine what type of shots you should be practicing. If you are working on the bank shot technique, your forehand swing path will naturally curve toward the top as you get closer to the ball.
Always keep your shoulders in line with the ball when you swing. This helps to keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball even as your arms swing freely. When you swing, your shoulders must not be able to leave the racquet’s socket. If this happens, it will be extremely difficult to catch the ball.
When you get close to the ball, ensure to rotate your arm from your side, not from your backside. Rotating your arm on your side actually weakens the ability of your arm to generate power and produce a strong backswing. You need to have a strong grip to control your arm’s movement. A weak grip could result in injuries. It could cause you to lose the ball or cause you to overextend your arms. This could result in injuries.
Another key factor in the proper grip is the angle you stand at. Most tennis beginners are right handed and have their right arm stretched across their bodies. For beginners the left arm is usually carried across their body. Most coaches recommend that you hold the club in the neutral grip or similar to a baseball posture. By holding the club in a neutral position will help prevent you from having an arm that is not dominant when you swing.
Tennis players with open stance forehands tend to have issues with their forearms. Forehands with an open stance tend to have problems with their grip. This issue can be resolved by holding the racket with an upright grip. Tennis players who have open stance forehands should try to hold the racket with 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 are non-dominant handed should swing the racket in front of their head and above their shoulders. If you’re a left handed player the racket should be facing your crotch. If you’re a left-handed player, it should face towards your waist. This will prevent the over-the-head swing or the under-the-shoulder swing from happening. Keep your wrists straight while you swing. Also, ensure that you don’t give any part of your body too much space.