Tennis is one of the most loved sports 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 skill level to hit the ball farther and higher than a backhand or forehand. Most times, tennis players struggle with their forehands as they do not know how to engage the correct muscles for their forehands, and in which order to hit powerful forehands. Tennis players also have trouble with their backhands because of lack of knowledge on how to properly position themselves to hit a good backhand down the court. These two areas are essential to the game and need to be addressed.
The grip is the most important element of the successful tennis swing. Many beginners make the mistake of gripping the racket too tightly or loosely, and end up either hitting the ball too far or making a poor contact or having the racket break off when they swing at the ball. The best way to hit the ball correctly is to hold the racket correctly in the right position.
The other important factor to be aware of is that your forehand’s swing path should start out straight and then curve upwards towards the top of your body as you approach the top of your follow through. This is known as a high arc or cut shot. A hook with a low arc will have an inherent wrist hinge as well as wrist extension. These factors can affect the type of shots that you should be learning. For instance, if you are practicing a technique referred to as the bank shot your forehand swing will naturally turn toward the top as you move closer to the ball.
Remember to always swing with your shoulders aligned with the ball. This helps to keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball even as your arms move freely. Keep in mind that the shoulders must not move away from the socket or the racquet while you are swinging. If this happens, it could be extremely difficult to catch the ball.
As you approach the ball, ensure to move your arm to your side, not your backside. Rotating your arm to the side could reduce your power and your ability generate power. To get your arm to move properly it is essential to hold a firm grip on the club. A weak grip could lead to injury. It could cause you to not to hit the ball, or cause you to overextend your arms. This could cause injury.
The angle of your stance is an important aspect to ensure the grip you have. Most tennis players are right-handed and have their right arm stretched across their bodies. The left arm of beginner players is often slung across their body. The majority of coaches advise using a neutral grip or a style similar to a baseball position. Holding the club in a neutral position will help prevent you from having a non-dominant arm when you swing.
Forehand tennis players with open stances tend to have issues with their forearms. Forehands with an open stance tend to have problems with their grip. One way to address this issue is to hold the racket with a neutral grip. Closed grips are best for tennis players who have an open forehand. This can be accomplished by placing the racket on your head, while your knees are bent and your elbows are locked.
Tennis players who have a hand that is not dominant should swing the racket over their head and over their shoulder. The racket should be facing your crotch if you are left handed and should be facing your waist if a left handed player. This will stop the over-the head swing and the under-the-shoulder swing from occurring. When you swing keep your wrists straight and lower your hips so that you don’t allow either side of your body a chance to swing.