Tennis is one of the most popular sports played in the world. Tennis is a sport that anyone can play from beginners to pros. Tennis players can be divided into two broad categories based on their ability to hit the ball farther and higher than a forehand or a backhand. Tennis players typically struggle to hit forehands because of the lack of knowledge on how to properly engage their muscles and in what is the best way to hit powerful forehands. Tennis players also have trouble with their backhands because of lack of understanding about how to properly position themselves to hit a solid backhand down the court. Therefore, these two important aspects of the game have to be addressed by those who wish to be a pro at the sport.
A successful tennis swing is contingent on your grip. Many new players make the mistake of holding their racket too tight or loosely and end up missing the ball, making poor contact or having their racket slip when they hit the ball. By holding the racket in the correct way will provide you with the best chance to hit the ball accurately every time.
Another thing to keep in mind is that your forehand swing path should be straight. When you reach the top end of your follow-through, your forehand’s swing path should be curved towards your top. This is referred to as cut shot or high arc. A low arc or hook will begin with an easier wrist hinge and wrist extension. These factors will determine what kind of shots you need to be practicing. For instance, if you are practicing a technique referred to as the bank shot your forehand swing path will naturally turn toward the top as you move closer to the ball.
Keep your shoulders in line with the ball whenever you swing. This helps to keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball even as your arms swing freely. When you swing, your shoulders should not move away from the racquet’s socket. It could make it extremely difficult to capture the ball when this happens.
As you approach the ball, make sure to rotate your arm from your side, not from your backside. Rotating your arm on your side actually weakens your ability to generate power and produce a strong backswing. To allow your arm to move properly you need to be able to grip the club. A weak grip could be very dangerous because it could cause you to miss the ball or it can cause you to overextend your arm. This could lead to injury.
The angle of your stance is an important aspect to ensure a good grip. Most tennis beginners are right-handed and have their right arm stretched across their body. For those who are just beginning, their left arm is usually slung over their body. Most coaches recommend using an even grip, or in a manner similar to a baseball posture. Holding the club in a neutral position will ensure that you don’t have an arm that is not dominant when you swing.
Open stance forehand tennis players are more likely to have issues with their forearms. If players have an open stance forehand, they tend to twist their wrists and not have a proper grip. A great solution to this problem is to hold the racket with an even grip. Tennis players with an open stance forehands should try to hold the racket with a closed grip. This can be achieved by placing the racket behind your skull, keeping your knees bent, and keeping your elbows locked.
Tennis players with a hand that is not dominant should swing the racket above their head and then over their shoulder. The racket should be facing your crotch in case you are left handed and should be facing your waist if left-handed. This will prevent the head-over-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 room.