Tennis is one of the most played sports in the world. Everyone can play tennis from beginners to the pros. Tennis players can be classified into two broad categories based on their to hit the ball more and higher than a forehand or backhand. Most often, tennis players struggle when they hit forehands due to the fact that they do not know how to properly engage the correct muscles for their forehands and in what order to hit strong forehands. Likewise, tennis players also struggle with backhands due to the fact that they don’t know enough about how to position themselves to hit a perfect backhand on the court. These two areas are crucial to the game and need to be addressed.
The grip is the most crucial element of an effective tennis swing. Many beginners make the error of holding the racket too tightly or loosely and end up missing the ball or making a poor contact or even having the racket fall off while they swing at the ball. By holding the racket in the correct way will provide you with the best chance to strike the ball correctly every time.
The other important factor to keep in mind is that your forehand’s swing path should begin straight and then curve toward the top of your body when you get to the top of your follow through. This is called cut shots or high arc. A low arc or hook will begin with an easier wrist hinge and wrist extension. These factors will determine the type of shots you should be practicing. For instance, if you are practicing a technique referred to as the bank shot, your forehand’s swing path will naturally shift towards the top as you get closer to the ball.
Remember to always swing with your shoulders squared with the ball. This will keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball while your arms swing freely. While you move your arms, your shoulders should not move away from the racquet’s socket. If this happens, it can be very difficult to take the ball back.
As you approach the ball, be sure to rotate your arm from your side, not from your backside. Moving your arm to the side could reduce your power and ability generate power. You must have a strong grip to control the rotation of your arm. A weak grip could lead to injury. It can cause you miss the ball, or cause you to overextend your arms. This could result in injury.
Another key factor in the proper grip is the angle of your stance. Most tennis beginners are right handed and have their right arm stretched across their bodies. For beginners the left arm is usually carried over their body. Most coaches recommend that you hold the club in an open grip or like a baseball position. By holding the club in a neutral position will ensure that you don’t have an arm that is not dominant during your swing.
Open stance forehand tennis players tend 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 proper grip. This issue can be resolved by holding the racket with neutral grip. Closed grips are the best choice for tennis players with an open forehand. You can achieve this by placing the racket on your skull, keeping your knees bent, and your elbows locked.
Tennis players that have a dominant hand should move the racket over their head and then over their shoulder. If you’re a right handed player the racket should point towards your crotch. If you’re a left-handed player, it should face towards your waist. This will prevent the over-the-head swing or the swing under the shoulder from occurring. Keep your wrists straight as you swing. Also, ensure you don’t allow any side of your body too much space.