Tennis is one of the most popular sports played in the world. Everyone can play tennis from beginners to the pros. There are two main categories of tennis players. They can be classified according to their ability to hit the ball farther than a backhand or forehand. Most often, tennis players struggle with their forehands as they do not know how to properly engage the proper muscles for their forehands or in what order to hit strong forehands. Likewise, tennis players also struggle with backhands because they do not know enough about the proper way to properly position themselves for a perfect backhand on the court. So, these two crucial areas of the game need to be addressed by those who wish to excel at the sport.
The grip is the most critical aspect of a successful tennis swing. Many beginners make the error of holding the racket too tight or loose, and end up either missing the ball, making improper contact, or having the racket fall off when they swing at the ball. Holding the racket the right way will give you the best chance to hit the ball accurately every time.
The other important factor to be aware of is that your forehand swing should be straight from the beginning and then curve towards the top of your body when you get to the top of your follow through. This is known as cut shots or high arc. A low arc or hook starts with a more natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These aspects will determine what kind of shots you should be practicing. For example, if you are practicing a technique that is known as the bank shot your forehand swing will naturally turn toward the top as you move closer to the ball.
Always keep your shoulders in line with the ball. This will keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball while your arms are free to move. Keep in mind that the shoulders should never be removed from the socket or racquet while you are swinging. It could make it extremely difficult to capture the ball if this happens.
When you approach the ball, ensure that your arm is directed from your side and not towards your backside. Rotating your arm to your side can actually reduce your power and your ability generate power. To allow your arm to rotate properly it is essential to be able to grip the club. A weak grip can lead to injury. It can cause you not to hit the ball, or cause you to overextend your arms. This could lead to injury.
The angle of your stance is also an important aspect to ensure an effective grip. The majority of tennis players are right handed and have their right arm slung across their body. The left arm of beginner players is usually slung over their body. Most coaches recommend that you hold the club in the neutral grip or like a baseball position. A neutral grip can stop you from swinging with an arm that isn’t dominant.
Open stance forehand tennis players are more likely to have issues with their forearms. When players with an open stance forehand they tend to twist their wrists and do not have a proper grip. This issue can be fixed by holding the racket in a neutral grip. Tennis players with open stance forehand should attempt to hold the racket with a closed grip. This can be achieved by placing the racket on your head, while your knees are bent and your elbows are locked.
Tennis players who have a non-dominant handed should swing the racket in front of their head and over their shoulders. The racket should point towards your crotch in case you are a right handed player, and it should face your waist if you’re left handed. This will prevent the over the head swing and the under-the-shoulder swing from happening. Keep your wrists straight when you swing. Also, ensure you don’t allow any side of your body too much space.