Tennis is among the most loved sports in the world. Everyone can play tennis, from beginners to the pros. Tennis players can be classified into two broad categories based on their level to hit the ball more and higher than a forehand or backhand. Most often, tennis players struggle when they hit forehands due to the fact that they aren’t aware of how to use the right muscles for their forehands or in the right order to hit powerful forehands. Tennis players also have trouble with their backhands because of lack of understanding about how to properly position themselves to hit a solid backhand down the court. These two areas are vital to the game and need to be addressed.
The grip is the most critical element of the successful tennis swing. Many beginners make the error of gripping the racket to tightly or loosely and end up hitting the ball too far, making improper contact, or having the racket fall off while they swing at the ball. The best method to hit the ball correctly is to keep the racket in the proper position.
Another thing to keep in mind is that your forehand’s path should be straight. When you reach the top of your follow-through, your forehand swing path should curve towards your top. This is known as a high arc or cut shot. A low arc or hook would start out with the more 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 referred to as the bank shot your forehand swing will naturally turn toward the top as you get closer to the ball.
Remember to always swing with your shoulders in line with the ball. This will keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball as your arms move freely. Be aware that your shoulders must never move away from the socket or the tennis racquet during your swing. If this happens, it can be very difficult to take the ball back.
When you get close to the ball, ensure to move your arm to your side, not from your backside. The arm that is rotated to the side will weaken your ability to generate energy and produce a strong backswing. To allow your arm to rotate correctly, you must be able to grip the club. A weak grip could result in injuries. It could cause you to miss the ball, or cause you to overextend your arms. This could lead to injury.
Another crucial aspect of the proper grip is the angle you stand at. The majority of tennis players are right-handed and have their right arm slung across their body. For those who are just beginning the left arm is typically carried across their body. Most coaches recommend using an even grip, or in a similar way to a baseball posture. A neutral grip can stop you from swinging with an arm that is not dominant.
Forehand tennis players with open stances tend to have issues with their forearms. If a player has an open stance forehand they tend to over-turn their wrists and do not have a good grip. One way to address this issue is to hold the racket with a neutral grip. Tennis players with an open stance forehand must try to hold the racket with 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 non-dominant handed should swing the racket over their head and above their shoulders. If you’re a left handed player the racket should be facing your crotch. If you’re a lefthanded player, it should face towards your waist. This will help prevent either the swing that is over the head or the under-shoulder swing from happening. When you swing, keep your wrists straight, and keep them down your hips, making sure you don’t give either side of your body any room to swing.