Tennis is a very well-known sport. Everyone can play tennis from beginners to professionals. There are two major categories of tennis players. They are classified based on their ability to hit the ball more than a forehand or backhand. Most times, tennis players struggle with hitting forehands because they don’t know how to properly engage the proper muscles for their forehands and in the right order to hit powerful forehands. Tennis players also struggle with their backhands due lack of knowledge on how to properly position themselves to hit a strong backhand down the court. These two areas are vital to the game and need to be addressed.
The grip is the most critical aspect of an effective tennis swing. Many new players make the mistake of holding the racket too tightly or loosely and end up not hitting the ball or making an incorrect contact or having the racket fall off while they swing at the ball. Holding the racket the right way will give you the best opportunity to hit the ball accurately every time.
The other important factor to remember is that your forehand swing path should start out straight and then curve upwards towards the top of your body as you approach the top of your follow through. This is referred to as a cut shot or high arc. A low arc or hook will begin with the more natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These factors will determine the kind of shots you need to be practicing. For instance, if you are practicing a technique known as the bank shot, your forehand’s swing path will naturally shift towards the top as you get closer to the ball.
Keep your shoulders in line with the ball when you swing. This will ensure that your shoulders are in constant contact with the ball and allow your arms to swing freely. While you swing, your shoulders should not leave the racquet’s socket. This can make it extremely difficult to take the ball back in the event that this happens.
When you get close to the ball, ensure to move your arm to your side, not your backside. By putting your arm to the side will weaken your ability to generate power and generate a good backswing. You need to have a strong grip to control your arm’s movement. A weak grip can be very dangerous because it can cause you lose the ball or could cause you to overextend your arm. This could cause injury.
The angle of your stance is another crucial factor to ensure an effective grip. Most tennis players are right-handed and carry their right arm across their bodies. The left arm of beginners is often slung across their body. Most coaches recommend holding the club with an even grip, or in a similar way to a baseball position. Holding the club in a neutral posture will aid in preventing a non-dominant arm when you swing.
Open stance forehand tennis players tend to have issues with their forearms. If players have an open stance forehand, they tend to over-turn their wrists and do not have a good grip. One way to address this issue is to hold the racket with a neutral grip. Tennis players with 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 are non-dominant handed should swing the racket in front of their head and above their shoulders. If you’re a right-handed player the racket should be facing your crotch. If you’re a left-handed player, it should be facing towards your waist. This will stop the over-the head swing as well as the under-the-shoulder swing from occurring. When you swing keep your wrists straight and lower your hips so that you don’t give either side of your body a chance to swing.