Tennis is among the most loved sports played in the world. It is a sport anyone can play, from beginners to professional. Tennis players can be divided into two broad categories based on their ability to hit the ball farther 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 engage the proper muscles for their forehands and in the right order to hit powerful forehands. Also, tennis players struggle with backhands because they don’t know enough about the proper way to properly position themselves for a perfect backhand on the court. These two areas are vital to the game and need to be addressed.
The grip is the most critical aspect of a successful tennis swing. Many beginners make the error of holding their racket too tight or loosely and end up missing the ball and making poor contact or having their racket slip when they hit the ball. The best method to hit the ball correctly is to keep the racket in the correct position.
Another important thing to remember is that your forehand’s path should be straight. As you get closer to the top of your follow-through, your forehand swing path should be curved towards your top. This is referred to as a cut shot or high arc. A low arc or hook will begin with a more natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These factors will determine what type of shots you should be practicing. For instance, if, for example, you are practicing a technique known as the bank shot, your forehand’s swing path will naturally shift towards the top as you move closer to the ball.
Always keep your shoulders in line with the ball. This will keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball as your arms move freely. While you swing, your shoulders should not move away from the socket of your racquet. If this happens, it can be very difficult to take the ball back.
When approaching the ball, make sure that your arm is pointed towards your side, and not towards your backside. The arm that is rotated on your side actually weakens your ability to generate energy and create a great backswing. In order to get your arm to rotate properly, you must have a strong grip on the club. Having a weak grip can be very dangerous because it can cause you miss the ball or it could cause you to overextend your arm. This could cause injuries.
Another important aspect in the proper grip is the angle you stand at. The majority of tennis players are right-handed and carry their right arm across their body. For those who are just beginning their left arm is usually carried over their body. Most coaches recommend that you hold the club in a neutral grip or similar to a baseball position. A neutral grip will prevent you from hitting with an arm that isn’t dominant.
Tennis players with open stance forehand are more likely to have problems with their forearms. When players with an open stance forehand, they tend to over-turn their wrists and not have a good grip. This issue can be resolved by holding the racket with an upright grip. Tennis players with open stance forehand should attempt to have a closed grip. This can be accomplished by placing the racket over your head while your knees are bent and your elbows are locked.
Tennis players who are non-dominant hand should move the racket above their head and over their shoulders. If you’re a left handed player the racket should be facing your crotch. If you’re a lefthanded player, it should be facing towards your waist. This will prevent the over-the head swing and the under-the-shoulder swing from happening. Keep your wrists straight as you swing. Also, ensure you don’t give any side of your body too much space.