Tennis is a hugely popular sport. Anyone can play tennis, from beginners to the pros. Tennis players can be grouped into two broad categories based on their ability level to hit the ball further and higher than a backhand or forehand. Most times, tennis players struggle with hitting forehands because they do not know how to engage the correct muscles for their forehands or in which order to hit powerful forehands. Tennis players also have trouble with their backhands due to lack of understanding about how to position themselves to hit a strong backhand down the court. Therefore, these two important areas of the game must to be addressed by those who wish to be successful in the sport.
A successful tennis swing is dependent on your grip. Many beginners make the mistake of holding the racket too tight or loose, and end up either missing the ball, making improper contact, or having the racket fall off while they are swinging at the ball. The best way to strike the ball correctly is to keep the racket in the proper position.
Another thing to keep in mind is that your forehand’s swing path should be straight. When you reach the top end of your follow-through, your forehand’s swing path should curve towards your top. This is called cut or high arc shot. A hook with a low angle will have an natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These factors will determine the 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 swing path will naturally turn toward the top as you move closer to the ball.
Be sure to keep your shoulders squared with the ball. This helps keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball as your arms swing freely. When you swing, your shoulders should not leave the socket of your racquet. It could make it extremely difficult to capture the ball in the event that this happens.
When approaching the ball, ensure that your arm is pointing towards your side, and not your backside. Moving your arm to your side can actually reduce your power and your ability to generate power. To allow your arm to rotate correctly you need to have a strong grip on the club. A weak grip can be extremely dangerous as it can cause you lose the ball or could cause you to extend your arm. This could cause injuries.
Another important aspect in the proper grip is the angle of your stance. The majority of tennis players are right-handed and have their right arm stretched across their body. The left arm of beginner players is usually slung over their body. Most coaches advise that you hold the club with a neutral grip or like a baseball position. A neutral grip can stop you from hitting with an arm that isn’t dominant.
Forehand tennis players who have an open stance tend to have issues with their forearms. Forehands with an open stance tend to have issues with their grip. A great solution to this issue is to hold the racket using an even grip. Closed grips are best for tennis players who have an open forehand. This can be achieved by placing the racket over your head, while your knees are bent and your elbows are locked.
Tennis players with a dominant hand should move the racket over their head and over their shoulders. The racket should be facing your crotch if you are left handed and the racket should be pointing towards your waist if a left handed player. 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 that you don’t give any part of your body too much space.