Tennis is among the most loved sports in the world. Everyone can play tennis 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. Tennis players are often unable to hit forehands due the lack of knowledge on how to properly engage their muscles and in what to do to hit forehands that are strong. Tennis players also have trouble with their backhands due to lack of understanding about how to position themselves in order to hit a good backhand down the court. Therefore, these two important areas of the game need to be addressed by those who want to be a pro at the game.
A successful tennis swing is contingent on the grip you use. Many beginners make the mistake of gripping the racket to tight or loose, and end up either hitting the ball too far, making improper contact, or even having the racket fall off when they are swinging at the ball. The best way to strike the ball correctly is to hold the racket in the correct position.
The other thing you need to keep in mind is that your forehand’s swing path should begin straight and then curve toward the top of your body as you approach the top of your follow through. This is referred to as cut or high arc shot. A low arc or hook will begin with the more natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These aspects will affect the type of shots that you must be learning. If you’re 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 as you swing. This will ensure that your shoulders are always in contact with the ball which allows your arms to swing freely. Keep in mind that the shoulders must never move away from the socket or the racquet while you are swinging. If this happens, it will be very difficult to capture the ball.
When you are approaching the ball, ensure to rotate your arm from your side, not your backside. Rotating your arm to your side can actually decrease your power and ability to generate power. You need a solid grip to control your arm’s movement. A weak grip could cause injuries. It can cause you miss the ball or cause you to overextend your arms. This could cause injuries.
Another crucial aspect of the proper grip is the angle of your stance. Most tennis players are right-handed and have their right arm stretched across their body. For beginners the left arm is usually slung across their body. Most coaches recommend that you hold the club in the neutral grip or similar to a baseball position. Holding the club in a neutral position will ensure that you don’t have an arm that is not dominant when you swing.
Tennis players with open stance forehand tend to have problems with their forearms. Forehands with an open stance tend to have issues with their grip. This issue can be resolved by holding the racket with an upright grip. Tennis players who have 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 have a non-dominant hand should move the racket above their head and above their shoulders. If you’re a right handed player the racket should be facing your crotch. If you’re a lefthanded player, it should be facing towards your waist. This will prevent the over the head swing as well as the under-the-shoulder swing from occurring. Keep your wrists straight while you swing. Also, ensure you don’t allow any side of your body too much space.