Tennis is a very well-known sport. It is a sport everyone can play, from beginners to pros. Tennis players can be grouped into two broad categories based on their skill level to hit the ball farther and higher than a backhand or forehand. Tennis players are often unable to hit forehands due the lack of knowledge on how to properly engage their muscles and in what order to hit strong forehands. Tennis players also have trouble with their backhands because of insufficient knowledge about how to position themselves in order to hit a good backhand down the court. This is why these two essential aspects of the game have to be addressed by those who wish to excel at the game.
The grip is the most critical element of an effective tennis swing. Many beginners make the mistake of holding their racket too loose or tight and then miss 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 keep the racket correctly in the right position.
Another important thing to remember is that your forehand’s path should be straight. As you approach the top of your follow-through, your forehand’s swing path should be curved towards your top. This is called cut shot or high arc. A hook with a low arc would start out with a more natural 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 the forehand swing course will naturally curve towards the top as you get closer to the ball.
Always keep your shoulders in line with the ball. This will ensure that your shoulders remain in constant contact with your ball and allow your arms to swing freely. Keep in mind that the shoulders should never be removed from the socket or racquet while you are swinging. If this happens, it could be extremely difficult to catch the ball.
When you are approaching the ball, make sure to move your arm to your side, not from your backside. Moving your arm towards your side can decrease your power and ability generate power. You need a solid grip to control your arm’s rotation. Having a weak grip can be extremely dangerous as it can cause you miss the ball or it can cause you to overextend your arm. This could result in injury.
Another crucial aspect of the correct grip is the angle of your stance. Most tennis players are right-handed and carry their right arm across their bodies. For beginners the left arm is usually carried over their body. Most coaches advise that you hold the club in the neutral grip or similar to a baseball position. Holding the club in a neutral position can help prevent you from having a non-dominant arm when you swing.
Tennis players that have an open stance forehands tend to have issues with their forearms. When players with an open stance forehand, they tend to twist their wrists, and they do not have a good grip. This issue can be fixed by holding the racket with a neutral grip. Tennis players who have open stance forehand must try to use a closed grip. You can achieve this by placing the racket in front of your skull, your knees bent, and keeping your elbows locked.
Tennis players who are non-dominant handed should swing the racket above their head and above their shoulders. The racket should face your crotch if an right-handed player and should be facing your waist if left-handed. This will prevent the over the head swing as well as the under-the-shoulder swing from occurring. When you swing keep your wrists straight and down your hips so that you do not give either side of your body a chance to swing.