Tennis is among the most popular sports in the world. Everyone can play tennis from beginners to professionals. Tennis players can be classified into two broad categories based on their ability level to hit the ball more and higher than a forehand or a backhand. Most often, tennis players struggle with their forehands as they aren’t aware of 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 because of insufficient knowledge about how to position themselves to hit a good backhand down the court. These two areas are crucial to the game and must be addressed.
A successful tennis swing is contingent on your grip. Many new players make the mistake of holding the racket too tight or loosely and end up missing the ball making poor contact, or letting their racket slide 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 in the right way every time.
Another important thing to keep in mind is that your forehand swing path should be straight from the beginning 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 would start out with an easier wrist hinge and wrist extension. These factors can affect the kind of shots you must be learning. For instance, if, for example, you are practicing a technique known as the bank shot your forehand swing will naturally shift towards the top as you move 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, allowing your arms to swing freely. Be aware that your shoulders should never be removed from the socket or tennis racquet during your swing. If this happens, it can be very difficult to take the ball back.
When you are approaching the ball, be sure to move your arm to your side, not from your backside. Rotating your arm towards your side can decrease your power and ability to generate power. In order to get your arm to move properly you need to hold a firm grip on the club. Having a weak grip can be dangerous since it could cause you to lose the ball or can cause you to overextend your arm. This could lead to injuries.
The angle of your stance is also an important aspect to ensure the grip you have. The majority of tennis players are right handed and have their right arm slung across their body. For beginners, their left arm is typically carried across their body. Most coaches suggest using a neutral grip or in a similar way to a baseball position. Holding the club in a neutral position will help prevent you from having an arm that is not dominant when you swing.
Tennis players who have open stance forehand tend to have issues with their forearms. If a player has an open stance forehand they tend to over-turn their wrists, and they do not have a proper grip. This problem can be solved by holding the racket with neutral grip. Tennis players who have open stance forehand must try to hold the racket with a closed grip. This can be done by putting the racket behind your head while your knees are bent and your elbows are locked.
Tennis players with a hand that is not dominant should swing the racket over their head and over their shoulders. If you’re a left handed player the racket should point towards your crotch. If you’re a left-handed player, it should be facing towards your waist. This will help prevent either the swing that is over the head or the under-shoulder swing from happening. Keep your wrists straight when you swing. Also, ensure that you don’t allow any side of your body too much space.