Tennis is one of the most loved sports played in the world. Anyone can play tennis, from beginners to the pros. Tennis players can be grouped into two broad categories based on their ability level to hit the ball more and higher than a forehand or a backhand. Most times, tennis players struggle with hitting forehands because they do not know how to properly use the right muscles for their forehands and in the right order to hit powerful forehands. Tennis players also have trouble with their backhands because of lack of understanding about how to position themselves to hit a solid backhand down the court. These two areas are vital to the game and must be addressed.
The grip is the most crucial element of an effective tennis swing. Many beginners make the mistake of holding their racket too tight or loosely and then miss the ball and making poor contact or letting their racket slide when they swing at the ball. The best way to strike the ball correctly is to hold the racket in the correct position.
The other important factor to be aware of is that your forehand swing should start out straight and then curve toward the top of your body as you approach the top of your follow-through. This is known as cut shot or high arc. A hook with a low arc will have an inherent wrist hinge as well as wrist extension. These factors will influence the kind of shots you should be learning. If you’re practicing the bank shot technique the forehand swing path will naturally curve toward the top as you get closer to the ball.
Remember to always swing with your shoulders in line with the ball. This will ensure that your shoulders are in constant contact with the ball which allows your arms to swing with ease. Remember that your shoulders must not move away from the socket or the racquet while you are swinging. If this happens, it could be extremely difficult to catch the ball.
When approaching the ball, make sure that your arm is directed towards your side, and not your backside. The arm that is rotated on your side actually weakens your ability to generate power and create a great backswing. You need a solid grip to control the rotation of your arm. A weak grip could lead to injuries. It could cause you to lose the ball or cause you overextend your arms. This can lead to injury.
The angle of your stance is an important aspect to ensure the grip you have. Tennis beginners are typically right-handed and have their right hand spread across their body. For beginners their left arm is typically carried over their body. The majority of coaches advise using a neutral grip, or in a manner similar to a baseball posture. By holding the club in a neutral position will help prevent you from having a non-dominant arm when you swing.
Open stance forehand tennis players are more likely to have issues with their forearms. If players have an open stance forehand they tend to twist their wrists and not have a good grip. This issue can be resolved by using an upright grip. Closed grips are ideal for players with an open forehand. You can achieve this by placing the racket in front of your skull, with your knees bent, and your elbows locked.
Tennis players who have a non-dominant hand should swing the racket over their heads and over their shoulders. The racket should point towards your crotch if a right handed player and should be facing your waist if left-handed. This will stop the over-the-head swing or the under-shoulder swing from occurring. Keep your wrists straight while you swing. Also, ensure you don’t allow any side of your body too much space.