Tennis is one of the most played sports played in the world. Everyone can play tennis from beginners to professionals. Tennis players can be classified into two broad categories based on their ability to hit the ball more and higher than a forehand or a backhand. Most often, tennis players struggle with their forehands as they do not know how to engage the proper muscles for their forehands and in the right order to hit powerful forehands. Tennis players also struggle with their backhands because of lack of knowledge on how to properly position themselves to hit a good backhand down the court. These two areas are crucial to the sport and must be addressed.
The grip is the most crucial aspect of the successful tennis swing. Many beginners make the mistake of holding their racket too tight or loosely 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 hold the racket in the proper position.
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 be curved towards your top. This is referred to as cut or high arc shot. A low arc or hook starts with an easier wrist hinge and wrist extension. These factors will influence the type of shots you need to master. For instance, if you are practicing a technique known as the bank shot, your forehand swing will naturally turn toward the top as you move 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, allowing your arms to swing freely. While you swing, your shoulders must not leave the socket of your racquet. It can make it very difficult to take the ball back in the event that this occurs.
As you approach the ball, be sure to move your arm to your side, not your backside. Rotating your arm to your side can actually reduce your power and your ability to generate power. To allow your arm to rotate properly, you must hold a firm grip on the club. A weak grip can be dangerous since it could cause you to miss the ball or it could cause you to extend your arm. This could result in injury.
The angle of your stance is an important factor in ensuring a good grip. Most tennis players are right handed and have their right arm stretched across their bodies. For those who are just beginning the left arm is usually slung over their body. Most coaches advise that you hold the club in the neutral grip or like a baseball position. A neutral grip can stop you from hitting with an arm that isn’t dominant.
Tennis players who have open stance forehands tend to have problems with their forearms. Open stance forehand players tend to have problems with their grip. This issue can be resolved by holding the racket in neutral grip. Tennis players with an open stance forehands should try to hold the racket with 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 hand should swing the racket over their heads and over their shoulder. If you’re a right-handed player, the racket should face your crotch. If you’re a left-handed player, the racket should be pointing towards your waist. This will prevent the over-the head swing and the under-the shoulder swing from occurring. When you swing keep your wrists straight, and keep them down your hips to ensure that you don’t give either side of your body a chance to swing.