Tennis is one of the most loved sports in the world. Everyone can play tennis, from beginners to professionals. Tennis players can be divided into two broad categories based on their skill to hit the ball more and higher than a backhand or forehand. Tennis players typically struggle to hit forehands due the lack of knowledge on how to effectively engage their muscles and in what order to hit strong forehands. Tennis players also have trouble with their backhands due to lack of knowledge on how to position themselves in order to hit a strong backhand down the court. These two areas are vital to the game and need to be addressed.
A successful tennis swing is contingent on your grip. Many new players make the mistake of holding the racket too tight or loose, and end up either missing the ball or making a poor contact or having the racket fall off when they swing at the ball. The best way to hit the ball correctly is to hold the racket in the correct position.
Another important thing to remember is that your forehand swing path should be straight. When you reach the top end of your follow-through, your forehand swing path should curve towards your top. This is called cut or high arc shot. A hook with a low angle will have a natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These aspects will determine what kind of shots you should be practicing. If you’re practicing the bank shot technique your forehand’s swing course will naturally curve towards the top as it gets closer to the ball.
Always keep your shoulders squared with the ball. This will ensure that your shoulders remain in constant contact with the ball which allows your arms to swing with ease. Keep in mind that the shoulders must never be removed from the socket or racquet when you swing. If this happens, it can be very difficult to catch the ball.
As you approach the ball, make sure to rotate your arm from your side, not from your backside. Rotating your arms to your side can actually reduce your power and ability to generate power. You need a solid grip to control your arm’s movement. A weak grip can result in injuries. It could cause you to not to hit the ball or cause you overextend your arms. This can result in injury.
Another key factor in the correct grip is the angle of your stance. Most tennis players are right handed and have their right arm slung across their body. For those who are just beginning, their left arm is usually slung across their body. Most coaches suggest holding the club with an even grip, or in a manner similar to a baseball grip. A neutral grip can stop you from hitting with an arm that isn’t dominant.
Tennis players with open stance forehands tend to have issues with their forearms. When players with an open stance forehand, they tend to twist their wrists and not have a proper grip. One way to address this issue is to hold the racket using a neutral grip. Tennis players with an open stance forehand should attempt to have a closed grip. This can be done 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 over their head and above their shoulders. The racket should face your crotch if an right-handed player, and it should face your waist if you’re left-handed. This will help prevent either the over-the-head swing or the swing under the shoulder from occurring. When you swing, keep your wrists straight and down your hips, making sure you don’t allow either side of your body any space to swing.