Tennis is one of the most loved sports played in the world. Tennis is a sport that anyone can play, from beginners to professional. Tennis players can be grouped into two broad categories based on their to hit the ball more and higher than a forehand or a backhand. Most times, tennis players struggle with their forehands as they aren’t aware of how to engage the proper muscles for their forehands and in which order to hit powerful forehands. Tennis players also struggle with their backhands due to lack of knowledge on how to position themselves to hit a strong backhand down the court. These two areas are crucial to the sport and must be addressed.
A successful tennis swing is dependent on the grip you use. Many new players make the mistake of holding the racket in a way that is too loose or tight and end up missing the ball, making poor contact or having their racket slip when they hit the ball. The right way to hold the racket in the right way will give you the best opportunity to hit the ball accurately every time.
The other thing you need to remember is that your forehand’s swing path should start out straight and then curve toward the top of your body as you reach the top of your follow through. This is referred to as cut shots or high arc. A low arc or hook would start out with the more natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These factors will determine what type of shots you should be practicing. For instance, if, for example, you are practicing a technique referred to as the bank shot your forehand’s swing path will naturally turn toward the top as you move closer to the ball.
Always keep your shoulders in line with the ball when you swing. This will ensure that your shoulders are in constant contact with the ball, allowing your arms to swing freely. Keep in mind that the shoulders must never leave the socket or your racquet while you are swinging. This can make it extremely difficult to capture the ball in the event that this happens.
As you approach the ball, make sure to move your arm to your side, not from your backside. Rotating your arm to the side will weaken your ability to generate energy and produce a strong backswing. In order to get your arm to rotate properly, you must hold a firm grip on the club. A weak grip could result in injuries. It could cause you to lose the ball, or cause you to overextend your arms. This could lead to 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 body. For beginners their left arm is usually carried over their body. Most coaches advise that you hold the club in a neutral grip or like a baseball position. A neutral grip will prevent you from swinging with an arm that isn’t dominant.
Forehand tennis players who have an open stance tend to have issues with their forearms. Forehands with an open stance tend to have issues with their grip. One way to address this problem is to hold the racket with a neutral grip. Tennis players with open stance forehand must try to have a closed grip. This can be achieved by placing the racket on your skull, your knees bent and your elbows locked.
Tennis players who are non-dominant handed should swing the racket in front of their head and over their shoulders. The racket should be facing your crotch in case you are left handed and the racket should be pointing towards your waist if you are left-handed. This will stop the head-over-head swing or the under-shoulder swing from happening. Keep your wrists straight as you swing. Also, make sure you don’t give any side of your body too much room.