Tennis is one of the most played sports in the world. Everyone can play tennis, from beginners to professionals. There are two major types of tennis players. They can be classified based on their ability to hit the ball more than a backhand or forehand. Most times, tennis players struggle when they hit forehands due to the fact that they do not know how to engage the proper muscles for their forehands and in which order to hit powerful forehands. Tennis players also struggle with their backhands due insufficient knowledge about how to position themselves in order to hit a strong backhand down the court. These two areas are essential to the game and must be addressed.
The grip is the most important element of a successful tennis swing. Many beginners make the mistake of holding the racket too tight or loosely and end up missing the ball making poor contact, or letting their racket slide when they hit the ball. Holding the racket the right way will give you the best chance to strike the ball correctly every time.
The other important factor to keep in mind is that your forehand swing path should begin straight and then curve upwards towards the top of your body as you reach the top of your follow through. This is called cut shot or high arc. A hook with a low angle will have an inherent wrist hinge as well as wrist extension. These aspects will determine what type of shots you should be practicing. For example, if you are practicing a technique referred to as the bank shot your forehand swing path will naturally turn toward the top as you move closer to the ball.
Always keep your shoulders in line with the ball as you swing. This will keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball even as your arms swing freely. Remember that your shoulders must not be removed from the socket or tennis racquet during your swing. It can make it very difficult to catch the ball in the event that this happens.
When you are approaching the ball, make sure that your arm is directed towards your side, and not to your backside. By putting your arm on your side actually weakens your ability to generate power and create a great backswing. To allow your arm to move properly you need to hold a firm grip on the club. A weak grip can be dangerous since it can cause you to miss the ball or it can cause you to overextend your arm. This could result in injuries.
The angle of your stance is an important factor in ensuring the grip you have. Most tennis beginners are right-handed and have their right arm slung across their body. For beginners, their left arm is usually carried across their body. Most coaches advise that you hold the club in a neutral grip or similar to a baseball posture. Holding the club in a neutral position can aid in preventing an arm that is not dominant when you swing.
Forehand tennis players with open stances tend to have problems with their forearms. Forehand players with an open stance are more likely to have problems with their grip. This issue can be fixed by holding the racket with an upright grip. Closed grips are the best choice for players with an open forehand. This can be achieved by placing the racket on your skull, keeping your knees bent, and keeping your elbows locked.
Tennis players who have a non-dominant hand should move the racket above their head and over their shoulders. If you’re a right handed player, the racket should face your crotch. If you’re a lefthanded player, it should face 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, ensure that you don’t give any part of your body too much space.