Tennis is among the most popular sports played in the world. Tennis is a game that anyone can play, from beginners to professionals. There are two major categories of tennis players. They are classified based on their ability to hit the ball farther than a forehand or backhand. Most often, tennis players struggle with hitting forehands because they don’t know how to engage the correct muscles for their forehands, and in which order to hit powerful forehands. Tennis players also struggle with their backhands due to lack of understanding about how to properly position themselves to hit a strong backhand down the court. So, these two crucial aspects of the game have to be addressed by those who want to be successful in the sport.
The grip is the most critical element of an effective tennis swing. Many new players make the mistake of holding their racket too loose or tight and end up missing the ball, making poor contact or letting their racket slide when they hit the ball. The right way to hold the racket in the right way will give you the best opportunity to strike the ball correctly every time.
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 curve towards your top. This is referred to as cut shot or high arc. A hook with a low arc will have a natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These factors will determine the type of shots you should be practicing. For instance, if you are practicing a technique referred to as the bank shot your forehand swing will naturally shift towards the top as you get closer to the ball.
Remember to always swing with your shoulders aligned with the ball. This will keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball as your arms move freely. While you move your arms, your shoulders should not be able to leave the racquet’s socket. If this happens, it can be extremely difficult to capture the ball.
When you are approaching the ball, be sure to move your arm to your side, not from your backside. Rotating your arm towards your side can reduce your power and ability to generate power. You need to have a strong grip to control your arm’s movement. A weak grip could cause injury. It could cause you to lose the ball, or cause you to overextend your arms. This could result in injury.
Another crucial aspect of the correct grip is the angle you stand at. The majority of tennis players are right-handed and have their right arm stretched across their body. For beginners their left arm is usually slung over their body. Most coaches suggest using a neutral grip or in a similar way to a baseball position. A neutral grip can stop you from hitting with an arm that is not dominant.
Forehand tennis players with open stances tend to have problems with their forearms. Forehands with an open stance tend to have issues with their grip. One way to address this problem is to hold the racket using a neutral grip. Closed grips are ideal for tennis players who have an open forehand. This can be achieved by placing the racket on your skull, with your knees bent, and keeping 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 left handed player the racket should be facing your crotch. If you’re a left-handed player, the racket should be pointing towards your waist. This will prevent the over-the head swing and the under-the-shoulder swing from happening. Keep your wrists straight as you swing. Also, ensure that you don’t give any part of your body too much space.