Tennis is among the most popular sports played in the world. Anyone can play tennis, from beginners to professionals. Tennis players can be classified into two broad categories based on their to hit the ball farther and higher than a backhand or forehand. Most times, tennis players struggle with their forehands as they aren’t aware of how to properly engage the correct muscles for their forehands or in the right order to hit powerful forehands. In the same way, tennis players struggle with their backhands as they do not know enough about the proper way to position themselves to hit a perfect backhand on the court. These two areas are crucial to the game and must be addressed.
The grip is the most important element of a successful tennis swing. Many new players make the mistake of holding their racket in a way that is too loose or tight and end up missing the ball making poor contact, or having their racket slip when they swing at the ball. The best way to hit the ball correctly is to hold the racket correctly in the right position.
Another important thing to remember is that your forehand swing path should be straight. As you approach the top of your follow-through, your forehand swing path should curve towards your top. This is known as a high arc or cut shot. A low arc or hook will begin with the more 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 path will naturally shift towards the top as you get closer to the ball.
Keep your shoulders in line with the ball when you swing. This will keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball as your arms swing freely. While you swing, your shoulders must not move away from the socket of your racquet. It could make it extremely difficult to capture the ball when this happens.
When you approach the ball, ensure that your arm is pointing towards your side, and not towards your backside. Rotating your arm on your side actually weakens your ability to generate energy and create a great backswing. You need a solid grip to control the rotation of your arm. A weak grip could lead to injuries. It can cause you lose the ball, or cause you to overextend your arms. This could lead to injury.
Another key factor in the correct grip is the angle you stand at. Tennis beginners tend to be right-handed and wear their right hand slung across the body. The left arm of beginner players is often carried over their body. Most coaches suggest using an even grip, or in a similar way to a baseball grip. By holding the club in a neutral posture will help prevent you from having a non-dominant arm when you swing.
Tennis players who have open stance forehands tend to have problems with their forearms. If players have an open stance forehand, they are more likely to turn their wrists and do not have a proper grip. A great way to solve this issue is to hold the racket using an even grip. Tennis players who have open stance forehands should try to hold the racket with a closed grip. This can be achieved by putting the racket behind your head, while your knees are bent and your elbows are locked.
Tennis players who are non-dominant hand should hold the racket in front of their head and above their shoulders. The racket should face your crotch in case you are a right handed player, and it should face your waist if you’re a left handed player. This will prevent the over-the head swing as well as the under-the-shoulder swing from happening. When you swing, keep your wrists straight, and keep them down your hips, making sure you don’t give either side of your body any space to swing.