Tennis is among the most popular sports in the world. Anyone can play tennis, from beginners to professionals. Tennis players can be classified into two broad categories based on their ability to hit the ball farther and higher than a backhand or forehand. Most often, tennis players struggle with hitting forehands because they aren’t aware of how to properly use the right muscles for their forehands and in the right order to hit powerful forehands. In the same way, tennis players struggle with backhands because they don’t know enough about the proper way to position themselves to hit a great backhand down the court. This is why these two essential areas of the game need to be addressed by those who wish to be successful in the sport.
A successful tennis swing is dependent on your grip. Many beginners make the mistake of holding their racket too loose or tight and then miss the ball making poor contact, or having their racket slip when they swing at the ball. By holding the racket in the correct way will give you the best opportunity to hit the ball in the right way every time.
Another thing to keep in mind is that your forehand swing path should be straight. As you get closer to the top of your follow-through, your forehand’s swing path should be curved towards your top. This is known as cut or high arc shot. A hook with a low angle will have a natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These factors can affect the type of shots you should be learning. For instance, if you are practicing a technique that is known as the bank shot, your forehand’s swing path will naturally turn toward the top as you get closer to the ball.
Remember to always swing with your shoulders in line with the ball. This will ensure that your shoulders remain in constant contact with your ball and allow your arms to swing with ease. When you move your arms, your shoulders should not move away from the racquet’s socket. If this happens, it could be very difficult to capture the ball.
As you approach the ball, be sure to rotate your arm from your side, not from your backside. Rotating your arms towards your side can reduce your power and ability generate power. You need to have a strong grip to control the rotation of your arm. A weak grip can be extremely dangerous as it can cause you to be unable to catch the ball, or it could cause you to overextend your arm. This can result in injury.
The angle of your stance is another crucial factor to ensure a good grip. Most tennis beginners are right-handed and have their right arm slung across their body. For those who are just beginning their left arm is usually slung over their body. The majority of coaches advise using an even grip, or a style similar to a baseball grip. A neutral grip will prevent you from hitting with an arm that isn’t dominant.
Tennis players that have an open stance forehands tend to have issues with their forearms. If players have an open stance forehand they tend to twist their wrists and not have a proper grip. This issue can be fixed by holding the racket with a neutral grip. Closed grips are the best choice for players with an open forehand. This can be achieved by placing the racket behind your skull, with your knees bent, and your elbows locked.
Tennis players that have a dominant hand should move the racket over their heads and then over their shoulder. The racket should be facing your crotch in case you are a right handed player and the racket should be pointing towards your waist if a left handed player. This will stop the over-the head swing and the under-the-shoulder swing from happening. When you swing, keep your wrists straight and down your hips to ensure that you don’t give either side of your body any space to swing.