Tennis is a hugely popular sport. Everyone can play tennis from beginners to the pros. There are two major categories of tennis players. They are classified based on their ability to hit the ball further than a backhand or forehand. Most times, tennis players struggle with their forehands as they aren’t aware of how to engage the proper muscles for their forehands or in which order to hit powerful forehands. Tennis players also struggle with their backhands because of insufficient knowledge about how to position themselves to hit a strong backhand down the court. So, these two crucial areas of the game need to be addressed by those who wish to be successful in the sport.
The grip is the most critical element of a successful tennis swing. Many new players make the mistake of holding the racket too loose or tight and end up missing the ball making poor contact, or having their racket slip when they swing at the ball. By holding the racket in the correct way will give you the best chance to hit the ball accurately every time.
Another important thing to keep in mind is that your forehand’s swing path should start out straight and then curve toward the top of your body when you get to 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 kind of shots you need to be practicing. For instance, if, for example, you are practicing a technique referred to as the bank shot, your forehand’s swing path will naturally move towards the top as you move closer to the ball.
Always keep your shoulders in line with the ball when you swing. This will ensure that your shoulders are always in contact with your ball, allowing your arms to move freely. When you swing, your shoulders should not leave the racquet’s socket. If this happens, it could be extremely difficult to capture the ball.
When approaching the ball, make sure that your arm is directed towards your side, and not to your backside. Rotating your arms to the side could reduce your power and your ability to generate power. You must have a strong grip to control your arm’s movement. Having a weak grip can be very dangerous because it could cause you to be unable to catch the ball, or it could cause you to overextend your arm. This can result in injuries.
Another important aspect in the proper grip is the angle of your stance. Most tennis beginners are right-handed and have their right arm slung across their bodies. For beginners their left arm is typically carried across their body. The majority of coaches advise holding the club with a neutral grip or a style similar to a baseball grip. Holding the club in a neutral posture will ensure that you don’t have an arm that is not dominant when you swing.
Tennis players with open stance forehands tend to have problems with their forearms. Open stance forehand players tend to have problems with their grip. This issue can be fixed by using a neutral grip. Tennis players with open stance forehand must try to hold the racket with a closed grip. You can achieve this by placing the racket on your skull, your knees bent and your elbows locked.
Tennis players who are non-dominant hand should move the racket over their head and above their shoulders. The racket should be facing your crotch if left handed and the racket should be pointing towards your waist if you are a left handed player. This will prevent the swing that is over the head or the under-the-shoulder swing from occurring. When you swing keep your wrists straight and down your hips to ensure that you don’t allow either side of your body a chance to swing.