Tennis is one of the most played sports played in the world. Tennis is a game that anyone can play, from beginners to professionals. There are two main categories of tennis players. They can be classified according to their ability to hit the ball more than a backhand or forehand. Most often, tennis players have difficulty when they hit forehands due to the fact that they aren’t aware of how to properly engage the correct muscles for their forehands and in what order to hit strong forehands. In the same way, tennis players struggle with backhands due to the fact that they don’t know enough about the proper way to set themselves up to hit a perfect backhand on the court. These two areas are vital to the game and must be addressed.
The grip is the most crucial aspect of a successful tennis swing. Many beginners make the error of gripping the racket to tightly or too loosely and end up not hitting the ball or making an incorrect contact or even having the racket break off when they swing at the ball. By holding the racket in the correct way will give you the best chance to hit the ball in the right way every time.
Another thing to keep in mind is that your forehand’s swing path should be straight. As you approach the top end of your follow-through, your forehand’s swing path should curve towards your top. This is known as cut shot or high arc. A low arc or hook will begin with the more natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These factors will determine the kind of shots you should be practicing. For example, if you are practicing a technique that is known as the bank shot, your forehand swing will naturally shift towards the top as you get closer to the ball.
Keep your shoulders in line with the ball when you swing. This will keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball even as your arms move freely. Be aware that your shoulders must not leave the socket or your tennis racquet during your swing. This can make it extremely difficult to catch the ball if this occurs.
When you are approaching the ball, be sure to rotate your arm from your side, not from your backside. The arm that is rotated on your side actually weakens your ability to generate energy and create a great backswing. You must have a strong grip to control your arm’s rotation. Having a weak grip can be extremely dangerous as it can cause you to be unable to catch the ball, or it can cause you to overextend your arm. This could lead to injuries.
The angle of your stance is another crucial factor to ensure an effective grip. Most tennis players are right-handed and carry their right arm across their bodies. The left arm of beginner players is often slung across their body. Most coaches recommend that you hold the club with the neutral grip or similar to a baseball position. Holding the club in a neutral position can aid in preventing an arm that is not dominant when you swing.
Tennis players who have open stance forehands tend to have issues with their forearms. Forehand players with an open stance are more likely to have issues with their grip. A great way to solve this issue is to hold the racket using an even grip. Closed grips are ideal for tennis players who have an open forehand. This can be done by placing the racket over your head while your knees are bent and your elbows are locked.
Tennis players who are non-dominant handed should swing the racket in front of their head and over their shoulders. If you’re a right handed player the racket should be facing your crotch. If you’re a lefthanded player, the racket should be pointing towards your waist. This will prevent the over-the-head swing or the under-shoulder swing from happening. Keep your wrists straight as you swing. Also, make sure you don’t give any part of your body too much space.