Tennis is among the most loved sports played in the world. Everyone can play tennis from beginners to the pros. Tennis players can be classified into two broad categories based on their ability level to hit the ball farther and higher than a backhand or forehand. Tennis players typically struggle to hit forehands due to a lack of knowledge about how to properly engage their muscles and in what to do to hit forehands that are strong. In the same way, tennis players struggle with their backhands as they aren’t aware about the proper way to set themselves up to hit a perfect backhand on the court. So, these two crucial aspects of the game have to be addressed by those who wish to be a pro at the game.
A successful tennis swing depends on the grip you use. Many beginners make the mistake of holding the racket too loose or tight and then miss the ball and making poor contact or having their racket slip when they swing at 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 remember is that your forehand’s swing path should begin straight and then curve toward the top of your body as you reach the top of your follow through. This is referred to as a high arc or cut shot. A hook with a low arc would have an inherent wrist hinge as well as wrist extension. These aspects will determine what kind of shots you need to be practicing. For example, if you are practicing a technique referred to as the bank shot your forehand’s swing path will naturally turn toward the top as you get closer to the ball.
Always keep your shoulders aligned with the ball. This helps keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball as your arms swing freely. When you swing, your shoulders must not move away from the socket of your racquet. This can make it extremely difficult to catch the ball if this occurs.
When you get close to the ball, ensure to rotate your arm from your side, not your backside. Rotating your arm to the side will weaken your ability to generate power and create a great backswing. To get your arm to move properly you need to be able to grip the club. A weak grip can be dangerous since it can cause you miss the ball or it could cause you to extend your arm. This can result in injury.
The angle of your stance is another important aspect to ensure the grip you have. Tennis beginners tend to be right-handed and have their right hand draped across their body. For those who are just beginning, their left arm is typically carried across their body. Most coaches advise that you hold the club in the neutral grip or like a baseball position. The club should be held in a neutral position will aid in preventing an arm that is not dominant when you swing.
Forehand tennis players with open stances tend to have issues with their forearms. When players with an open stance forehand they tend to over-turn their wrists, and they do not have a proper grip. A great solution to this issue is to hold the racket with an even grip. Closed grips are best for tennis players who have an open forehand. You can achieve this by placing the racket behind your skull, keeping your knees bent and your elbows locked.
Tennis players who have a non-dominant handed should swing the racket in front of their head and over their shoulders. If you’re a right handed player, the racket should face your crotch. If you’re a lefthanded player, it should be facing towards your waist. This will prevent the over-the head swing as well as the under-the-shoulder swing from occurring. Keep your wrists straight while you swing. Also, ensure that you don’t give any part of your body too much space.