Tennis is among the most loved sports in the world. Anyone can play tennis, from beginners to the pros. Tennis players can be grouped into two broad categories based on their skill level to hit the ball further and higher than a forehand or backhand. Most times, tennis players struggle when they hit forehands due to the fact that they aren’t aware of how to properly engage the proper muscles for their forehands and in which order to hit powerful forehands. In the same way, tennis players struggle with backhands due to the fact that they do not know enough about how to position themselves to hit a great backhand down the court. Therefore, these two important aspects of the game have to be addressed by those who want to excel at the game.
A successful tennis swing is dependent on the grip you use. Many new players make the mistake of gripping the racket to tightly or too loosely and end up missing the ball or making a poor 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 in the right way every time.
The other thing you need to keep in mind is that your forehand swing path should begin straight and then curve upwards towards the top of your body as you reach the top of your follow through. This is called cut shots or high arc. A hook with a low arc will have an inherent wrist hinge as well as wrist extension. These aspects will affect the type of shots that you need to master. For instance, if, for example, you are practicing a technique referred to as the bank shot your forehand swing path will naturally shift towards the top as you get closer to the ball.
Always keep your shoulders in line with the ball whenever you swing. This will keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball even as your arms swing freely. Remember that your shoulders must not move away from the socket or the racquet while you are swinging. If this happens, it will be very difficult to capture the ball.
When you are approaching the ball, ensure that your arm is pointing from your side and not towards your backside. The arm that is rotated on your side can weaken your ability to generate energy and create a great backswing. To allow your arm to rotate correctly, you must be able to grip the club. A weak grip could cause injuries. It could cause you to miss the ball or cause you to overextend your arms. This could result in injuries.
The angle of your stance is also an important factor in ensuring a good grip. The majority of tennis players are right-handed and have their right hand slung across the body. The left arm of beginners is often slung across their body. Most coaches recommend that you hold the club with a neutral grip or similar to a baseball posture. By holding the club in a neutral position will aid in preventing a non-dominant arm when you swing.
Open stance forehand tennis players tend to have problems with their forearms. If a player has an open-stance forehand, they tend to twist their wrists and not have a proper grip. This problem can be solved by holding the racket with an upright grip. Tennis players who have open stance forehand should attempt to hold the racket with 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 have a non-dominant hand should move the racket in front of their head and over their shoulders. The racket should point towards your crotch if you are left handed and the racket should be pointing towards your waist if you are a left handed player. 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 that you don’t give any part of your body too much space.