Tennis is one of the most played 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 more and higher than a forehand or a backhand. Tennis players are often unable to hit forehands because of a lack of knowledge about how to effectively engage their muscles and what to do to hit forehands that are strong. Also, tennis players struggle with backhands due to the fact that they don’t know enough about how to set themselves up to hit a perfect backhand on the court. These two areas are vital to the game and need to be addressed.
The grip is the most crucial aspect of the successful tennis swing. Many beginners make the error of gripping the racket too tightly or loosely, and end up either not hitting the ball, making improper contact, or having the racket fall off while they are swinging at the ball. Holding the racket the right way will give you the best chance to hit the ball accurately every time.
Another important thing to remember is that your forehand’s path should be straight. As you approach the top end of your follow-through, your forehand’s swing path should be curved towards your top. This is known as cut or high arc shot. A low arc or hook starts with an easier 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, your forehand swing path will naturally curve toward the top as it gets closer to the ball.
Keep your shoulders in line with the ball whenever you swing. This will ensure that your shoulders are always in contact with the ball, allowing your arms to swing freely. When you swing, your shoulders should not move away from the socket of your racquet. If this happens, it could be very difficult to capture the ball.
As you approach the ball, ensure to rotate your arm from your side, not from your backside. Rotating your arm on your side can weaken your ability to generate energy and create a great backswing. To allow your arm to rotate properly you need to have a strong grip on the club. Having a weak grip can be extremely dangerous as it can cause you to lose the ball or could cause you to overextend your arm. This could result in injuries.
Another key factor in the correct grip is the angle of your stance. Tennis beginners tend to be right-handed and have their left hand slung across the body. For those who are just beginning their left arm is typically carried over their body. Most coaches suggest using a neutral grip, or in a manner similar to a baseball grip. A neutral grip can stop you from hitting with an arm that is not dominant.
Tennis players that have an open stance forehands tend to have issues with their forearms. If a player has an open-stance forehand, they tend to twist their wrists and not have a proper grip. This issue can be fixed by using neutral grip. Closed grips are ideal for tennis players with an open forehand. You can achieve this by placing the racket behind your skull, with your knees bent and your elbows locked.
Tennis players with a dominant hand should move the racket over their head and over their shoulder. The racket should be facing your crotch if a right handed player and the racket should be pointing towards your waist if you are left handed. This will prevent the over-the head swing as well as the under-the-shoulder swing from happening. Keep your wrists straight when you swing. Also, make sure you don’t give any side of your body too much space.