Tennis is one of the most played sports in the world. It is a sport anyone can play, from beginners to pros. Tennis players can be divided into two broad categories based on their skill level to hit the ball farther and higher than a forehand or backhand. Most often, tennis players struggle with their forehands as they aren’t aware of how to properly engage the correct muscles for their forehands, and in the right order to hit powerful forehands. Tennis players also have trouble with their backhands because of insufficient knowledge about how to position themselves in order to hit a solid backhand down the court. These two areas are vital to the game and must be addressed.
A successful tennis swing is dependent on the grip you use. Many beginners make the error of holding their racket too loose or tight and end up missing the ball and making poor contact or having their racket slip when they swing at the ball. Holding the racket the right way will give you the best opportunity to hit the ball accurately every time.
Another thing to keep in mind is that your forehand swing path should be straight. As you get closer to 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 arc would have a natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These factors will determine the kind of shots you should be practicing. If you’re practicing the bank shot technique the forehand swing path will naturally curve toward the top as you get closer to the ball.
Always keep your shoulders squared with the ball. This helps to keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball as your arms move freely. Keep in mind that the shoulders must never move away from the socket or the racquet when you swing. If this happens, it will be very difficult to catch the ball.
As you approach the ball, ensure to rotate your arm from your side, not from your backside. By putting your arm on your side actually weakens your ability to generate energy and produce a strong backswing. You need to have a strong grip to control your arm’s movement. A weak grip can result in injuries. It can cause you miss the ball or cause you to overextend your arms. This could result in injury.
Another important aspect in the proper grip is the angle you stand at. The majority of tennis players are right handed and have their right arm slung across their body. The left arm of beginners is often carried over their body. Most coaches recommend holding the club with an even grip, or a style similar to a baseball grip. Holding the club in a neutral position will aid in preventing an arm that is not dominant during your swing.
Tennis players that have an open stance forehand tend to have issues with their forearms. Forehand players with an open stance are more likely to have problems with their grip. This issue can be resolved by holding the racket with an upright grip. Closed grips are the best choice for players with an open forehand. This can be accomplished by placing the racket on your head, while your knees are bent and your elbows are locked.
Tennis players who have a non-dominant hand should hold 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 stop the over-the-head swing or the swing under the shoulder from occurring. Keep your wrists straight while you swing. Also, ensure that you don’t allow any side of your body too much space.