Tennis is one of the most loved sports played in the world. It is a sport anyone can play, from beginners to pros. Tennis players can be classified into two broad categories based on their skill to hit the ball further and higher than a forehand or a backhand. Most times, tennis players struggle when they hit forehands due to the fact that they don’t know how to properly engage the correct muscles for their forehands or in the right order to hit powerful forehands. Tennis players also have trouble with their backhands due to lack of knowledge on how to position themselves in order to hit a solid backhand down the court. These two areas are vital to the game and must be addressed.
A successful tennis swing depends on your grip. Many new players make the mistake of gripping the racket too tight or loose, and end up either not hitting the ball or making an incorrect contact or even having the racket fall off while they swing at the ball. Holding the racket the right way will give you the best chance to strike the ball correctly every time.
Another important thing to remember is that your forehand swing path should be straight. As you get closer to the top of your follow-through, your forehand’s path should be curved towards your top. This is known as a cut shot or high arc. A hook with a low angle will have a natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These aspects will determine what kind of shots you need to be practicing. If you are practicing the bank shot technique, your forehand swing course will naturally curve towards the top as you get closer to the ball.
Always keep your shoulders in line with the ball as you swing. This will ensure that your shoulders remain in constant contact with the ball, allowing your arms to swing freely. When you swing, your shoulders should not move away from the racquet’s socket. It can make it very difficult to capture the ball when this happens.
When you approach the ball, make sure that your arm is directed from your side and not your backside. Moving your arm to your side can actually reduce your power and ability to generate power. You need to have a strong grip to control the rotation of your arm. A weak grip can be very dangerous because it could cause you to be unable to catch the ball, or it could cause you to overextend your arm. This could result in injury.
Another crucial aspect of the proper grip is the angle you stand at. Most tennis players are right handed and have their right arm slung across their bodies. The left arm of newbies is usually slung over their body. Most coaches suggest using an even grip, or a style similar to a baseball position. A neutral grip can stop you from hitting with an arm that is not dominant.
Open stance forehand tennis players tend to have issues with their forearms. Forehand players with an open stance are more likely to have issues with their grip. A great solution to this issue is to hold the racket with a neutral grip. Closed grips are the best choice for tennis players who have an open forehand. This can be achieved by placing the racket on your head while your knees are bent and your elbows are locked.
Tennis players with a non-dominant hand should swing the racket above their head and over their shoulder. If you’re a right handed player the racket should be facing your crotch. If you’re a left-handed player, it should face towards your waist. This will stop the swing that is over the head or the under-shoulder swing from happening. When you swing, keep your wrists straight and down your hips so that you don’t allow either side of your body a chance to swing.