Tennis is among the most popular sports played in the world. It is a sport anyone can play from beginners to pros. There are two main categories of tennis players. They can be classified according to their ability to hit the ball more than a forehand or backhand. Most times, tennis players struggle with hitting forehands because they do not know how to properly engage the correct muscles for their forehands or in which order to hit powerful forehands. Tennis players also have trouble with their backhands due lack of understanding about how to position themselves in order to hit a good backhand down the court. Therefore, these two important aspects of the game have to be addressed by those who wish to excel at the sport.
The grip is the most important aspect of a successful tennis swing. Many beginners make the error of holding their racket in a way that is too loose or tight and end up missing the ball, making poor contact or having their racket slip when they hit the ball. The best way to hit the ball correctly is to hold the racket in the correct 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 path should curve towards your top. This is called cut or high arc shot. A hook with a low arc starts with the more natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These aspects will determine what type of shots you should be practicing. For instance, if you are practicing a technique known as the bank shot your forehand swing will naturally shift towards the top as you move closer to the ball.
Always keep your shoulders in line with the ball. This helps keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball even as your arms swing freely. When you move your arms, your shoulders should not leave the racquet’s socket. If this happens, it can be very difficult to capture the ball.
When you approach the ball, ensure that your arm is pointing towards your side, and not to your backside. Rotating your arms towards your side can reduce your power and ability generate power. To allow your arm to rotate correctly it is essential to be able to grip the club. A weak grip can be extremely dangerous as it can cause you to be unable to catch the ball, or it can cause you to overextend your arm. This could result in injury.
The angle of your stance is another important aspect to ensure an effective grip. Tennis beginners tend to be right-handed and have their right hand spread across their body. The left arm of newbies is often slung across their body. The majority of coaches advise holding the club with a neutral grip, or a style similar to a baseball posture. A neutral grip will stop you from hitting with an arm that isn’t dominant.
Tennis players with 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 fixed by holding the racket in a neutral grip. Closed grips are best for tennis players who have an open forehand. This can be done by placing the racket over your head, while your knees are bent and your elbows are locked.
Tennis players who have a non-dominant hand should move the racket above their head and above their shoulders. If you’re a right-handed player, the racket should face your crotch. If you’re a lefthanded player, it should face towards your waist. This will stop the over-the-head swing or the under-shoulder swing from happening. Keep your wrists straight when you swing. Also, make sure you don’t give any part of your body too much space.