Tennis is among the most popular sports in the world. Everyone can play tennis, from beginners to professionals. Tennis players can be classified into two broad categories based on their ability to hit the ball further and higher than a backhand or forehand. Most often, tennis players struggle with their forehands as they aren’t aware of how to engage the correct muscles for their forehands or in the right order to hit powerful forehands. Also, tennis players struggle with their backhands as they don’t know enough about the proper way to properly position themselves for a perfect backhand on the court. These two areas are vital to the game and must be addressed.
The grip is the most important aspect of a successful tennis swing. Many beginners make the error of gripping the racket too tight or loose, and end up either hitting the ball too far, making improper contact, or having the racket fall off while they are swinging at the ball. The best way to hit the ball correctly is to hold the racket correctly in the right position.
Another important thing to remember is that your forehand’s path should be straight. As you get closer to the top of your follow-through, your forehand’s swing path should curve towards your top. This is known as cut or high arc shot. A hook with a low angle will have an natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These factors will determine what kind of shots you should be practicing. For instance, if you are practicing a technique referred to as the bank shot, your forehand’s swing path will naturally shift towards the top as you move closer to the ball.
Be sure to keep your shoulders aligned with the ball. This helps keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball as your arms move freely. When you move your arms, your shoulders should not be able to leave the racquet’s socket. If this happens, it can be extremely difficult to catch the ball.
As you approach the ball, be sure to move your arm to your side, not your backside. The arm that is rotated on your side actually weakens your ability to generate energy and produce a strong backswing. You need to have a strong grip to control your arm’s movement. A weak grip can be extremely dangerous as it can cause you be unable to catch the ball, or it can cause you to overextend your arm. This could lead to injuries.
Another key factor in the proper grip is the angle of your stance. The majority of tennis players are right-handed and wear their right hand draped across their body. For those who are just beginning, their left arm is usually slung across their body. Most coaches recommend using an even grip, or a style similar to a baseball posture. By holding the club in a neutral position can help prevent you from having an arm that is not dominant when you swing.
Tennis players who have open stance forehand tend to have issues with their forearms. Forehands with an open stance tend to have problems with their grip. This issue can be resolved by holding the racket in neutral grip. Tennis players who have open stance forehand should attempt to have a closed grip. This can be achieved by placing the racket over your head while your knees are bent and your elbows are locked.
Tennis players who have a dominant hand should move the racket above their head and over their shoulders. If you’re a right-handed player the racket should be facing 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. When you swing, keep your wrists straight, and keep them down your hips, making sure you do not give either side of your body any room to swing.