Tennis is a hugely popular sport. It is a sport anyone can play from beginners to professional. Tennis players can be classified into two broad categories based on their skill level to hit the ball farther and higher than a backhand or forehand. Tennis players typically struggle to hit forehands due to the lack of knowledge on how to properly engage their muscles and what is the best way to hit powerful forehands. Tennis players also struggle with their backhands because of lack of understanding about how to properly position themselves to hit a solid backhand down the court. So, these two crucial aspects of the game have to be addressed by those who want to be a pro at the sport.
The grip is the most important element of a successful tennis swing. Many beginners make the error of gripping the racket too tight or loose, and end up either not hitting the ball, making improper contact, or having the racket break off when they are swinging at the ball. The right way to hold the racket in the right way will provide you with the best chance to strike the ball correctly every time.
Another important thing to remember is that your forehand’s path should be straight. As you get closer to the top end of your follow-through, your forehand’s path should curve towards your top. This is called cut shots or high arc. A hook with a low arc will have a natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These factors will determine the type of shots you should be practicing. For instance, if you are practicing a technique known as the bank shot your forehand swing path will naturally turn toward the top as you move closer to the ball.
Always keep your shoulders in line with the ball when you swing. This will keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball as your arms move freely. While you move your arms, your shoulders should not move away from the socket of your racquet. If this happens, it could be extremely difficult to capture the ball.
When you approach the ball, ensure that your arm is pointed towards your side, and not towards your backside. Rotating your arms towards your side can reduce your power and your ability to generate power. To get your arm to move properly you need to have a strong grip on the club. A weak grip can result in injury. It can cause you lose the ball or cause you overextend your arms. This could result in injuries.
Another important aspect in the correct grip is the angle of your stance. Tennis beginners tend to be right-handed and have their left hand draped across their body. The left arm of newbies is usually slung over their body. Most coaches advise that you hold the club with the 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 that have an open stance forehands tend to have issues with their forearms. When players with an open stance forehand they tend to over-turn their wrists and not have a good grip. One way to address this problem is to hold the racket using an even grip. Closed grips are the best choice for tennis players who have an open forehand. This can be achieved by putting the racket behind your head, while your knees are bent and your elbows are locked.
Tennis players who have a non-dominant hand should hold the racket in front of their head and over their shoulders. The racket should face your crotch if an right-handed player and should be facing your waist if you are left-handed. This will prevent the over-the head swing and the under-the-shoulder swing from happening. When you swing keep your wrists straight, and keep them down your hips so that you do not give either side of your body any space to swing.