Tennis is among the most played sports played in the world. Anyone can play tennis, from beginners to pros. There are two main categories of tennis players. They can be classified according to their ability to hit the ball further than a forehand or backhand. Most times, tennis players struggle with hitting forehands because they aren’t aware of how to engage the proper muscles for their forehands or in what order to hit strong forehands. Tennis players also struggle with their backhands due to lack of knowledge on how to position themselves to hit a good backhand down the court. This is why these two essential areas of the game must to be addressed by those who want to be a pro at the game.
A successful tennis swing is contingent on your grip. Many new players make the mistake of holding the racket in a way that is too loose or tight and end up missing the ball and making poor contact or letting their racket slide when they hit the ball. Holding the racket the right way will provide you with the best chance to strike the ball correctly 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 cut or high arc shot. A hook with a low arc would have an natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These factors will determine the kind of shots you need to be practicing. For example, if you are practicing a technique known as the bank shot your forehand’s swing path will naturally turn toward the top as you move closer to the ball.
Always keep your shoulders aligned with the ball. This will keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball while your arms are free to move. Remember that your shoulders must not move away from the socket or the tennis racquet during your swing. If this happens, it can be extremely difficult to catch the ball.
When approaching the ball, ensure that your arm is pointed towards your side, and not to your backside. Rotating your arm on your side actually weakens the ability of your arm to generate power and produce a strong backswing. To allow your arm to rotate correctly you need to have a strong grip on the club. A weak grip can lead to injury. It could cause you to lose the ball, or cause you to overextend your arms. This could lead to injuries.
Another important aspect in the correct grip is the angle of your stance. Most tennis beginners are right handed and carry their right arm across their bodies. For beginners the left arm is typically carried over their body. Most coaches recommend using a neutral grip or a style similar to a baseball position. Holding the club in a neutral posture will help prevent you from having an arm that is not dominant when you swing.
Tennis players who have open stance forehands tend to have problems with their forearms. Open stance forehand players tend to have issues with their grip. This issue can be resolved by using neutral grip. Closed grips are the best choice for tennis players who have an open forehand. This can be achieved by placing the racket in front of your skull, with your knees bent, and your elbows locked.
Tennis players who have a dominant hand should move the racket over their head and over their shoulder. If you’re a left handed player the racket should point towards your crotch. If you’re a left-handed player, it should face towards your waist. This will help prevent either the head-over-head swing or the under-shoulder swing from occurring. Keep your wrists straight when you swing. Also, ensure that you don’t give any part of your body too much room.