Tennis is one of the most loved sports in the world. Anyone can play tennis, from beginners to professionals. Tennis players can be divided into two broad categories based on their ability level to hit the ball further and higher than a backhand or forehand. Most often, tennis players have difficulty with their forehands as they don’t know how to engage the correct muscles for their forehands or in which order to hit powerful forehands. Also, tennis players struggle with backhands because they don’t know enough about how to position themselves to hit a great backhand down the court. Therefore, these two important areas of the game need to be addressed by those who want to excel at the game.
A successful tennis swing depends on your grip. Many new players make the mistake of holding their racket too tight or loosely and end up missing the ball and making poor contact or letting their racket slide when they swing at the ball. The best way to strike the ball correctly is to keep the racket in the proper position.
Another thing to keep in mind is that your forehand’s 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 cut or high arc shot. A hook with a low arc will begin with an easier wrist hinge and wrist extension. These aspects will determine what type of shots you should be practicing. If you are practicing the bank shot technique, your forehand swing path will naturally curve toward the top as you get closer to the ball.
Always keep your shoulders in line with the ball. This helps to keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball as your arms swing freely. While you move your arms, your shoulders should not leave the socket of your racquet. If this happens, it could be extremely difficult to catch the ball.
As you approach the ball, make sure to move your arm to your side, not from your backside. The arm that is rotated on your side can weaken the ability of your arm to generate power and generate a good backswing. You need a solid grip to control your arm’s rotation. A weak grip could be dangerous since it can cause you miss the ball or it could cause you to overextend your arm. This could lead to injury.
The angle of your stance is also an important aspect to ensure a good grip. Tennis beginners tend to be right-handed and have their left hand slung across the body. For those who are just beginning their left arm is usually carried over their body. Most coaches recommend that you hold the club with a neutral grip or like a baseball position. A neutral grip will prevent you from hitting with an arm that is not dominant.
Tennis players who have open stance forehand tend to have issues with their forearms. When players with an open stance forehand, they are more likely to turn their wrists, and they do not have a proper grip. This issue can be fixed by holding the racket with neutral grip. Tennis players with an open stance forehand should attempt to use a closed grip. You can achieve this by placing the racket behind your skull, keeping your knees bent, and your elbows locked.
Tennis players who have a non-dominant handed should swing the racket over their head and above their shoulders. If you’re a right-handed player, the racket should face your crotch. If you’re a left-handed player, it should be facing towards your waist. This will prevent the over the head swing and the under-the-shoulder swing from happening. Keep your wrists straight while you swing. Also, ensure you don’t give any side of your body too much space.