Tennis is a very popular sport. It is a sport everyone can play, from beginners to professional. Tennis players can be classified into two broad categories based on their ability to hit the ball more and higher than a forehand or backhand. Most often, tennis players have difficulty with hitting forehands because they do not know how to properly engage the proper muscles for their forehands and in which order to hit powerful forehands. Tennis players also have trouble with their backhands due to lack of understanding about how to position themselves in order to hit a solid backhand down the court. Therefore, these two important areas of the game need to be addressed by those who wish to be a pro at the sport.
A successful tennis swing is dependent on the grip you use. Many beginners make the error of holding the racket too tight or loosely and end up missing the ball making poor contact, or having their racket slip when they swing at 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.
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 reach the top of your follow through. This is known as a high arc or cut shot. A hook with a low arc would have a natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These aspects will determine what type of shots you should be practicing. For instance, if you are practicing a technique referred to as the bank shot, your forehand swing will naturally shift towards the top as you move closer to the ball.
Always 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 with ease. While you move your arms, your shoulders should not be able to leave the racquet’s socket. It can make it very difficult to capture the ball in the event that this happens.
When you are approaching the ball, ensure that your arm is directed from your side and not towards your backside. Moving your arm to your side can actually decrease your power and ability generate power. You need a solid grip to control your arm’s movement. A weak grip could be very dangerous because it can cause you lose the ball or can cause you to overextend your arm. This can lead to injuries.
Another crucial aspect of the correct grip is the angle of your stance. Most tennis players are right handed and have their right arm slung across their bodies. The left arm of beginner players is often slung across their body. Most coaches suggest holding the club with a neutral grip, or a style similar to a baseball grip. A neutral grip will stop you from swinging with an arm that isn’t dominant.
Forehand tennis players who have an open stance are more likely to have issues with their forearms. If players have an open stance forehand they are more likely to turn their wrists and not have a good grip. This issue can be fixed by holding the racket in neutral grip. Closed grips are best for players with an open forehand. This can be achieved by placing the racket on your head, while your knees are bent and your elbows are locked.
Tennis players who are non-dominant hand should move the racket above their head and over their shoulders. If you’re a right handed player the racket should be facing your crotch. If you’re a left-handed player, the racket should be pointing towards your waist. This will stop the over-the-head swing or the under-the-shoulder swing from happening. Keep your wrists straight when you swing. Also, ensure you don’t give any side of your body too much room.