Tennis is a hugely popular sport. It is a sport anyone can play, from beginners to professionals. There are two major types of tennis players. They are classified based on their ability to hit the ball more than a forehand or backhand. Most times, tennis players struggle when they hit forehands due to the fact that they do not know how to engage the proper muscles for their forehands, and in which order to hit powerful forehands. Tennis players also have trouble with their backhands due to lack of knowledge on how to position themselves to hit a strong backhand down the court. These two areas are crucial to the game and need to be addressed.
The grip is the most critical element of a successful tennis swing. Many beginners make the error of holding the racket too tight or loose, and end up either not hitting the ball or making a poor contact or having the racket fall off while they swing at the ball. Holding the racket the right way will provide you with the best chance to strike the ball correctly every time.
The other important factor to be aware of is that your forehand’s swing path should be straight from the beginning and then curve towards the top of your body as you approach the top of your follow through. This is called cut or high arc shot. A hook with a low arc will begin with a more natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These factors will influence the kind of shots you must be learning. For example, if you are practicing a technique referred to as the bank shot, your forehand’s swing path will naturally shift towards the top as you get closer to the ball.
Remember to always swing with your shoulders squared with the ball. This helps keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball as your arms move freely. Be aware that your shoulders must not move away from the socket or the racquet while you are swinging. It could make it extremely difficult to capture the ball if this occurs.
When approaching the ball, ensure that your arm is directed from your side and not to your backside. Rotating your arm on your side actually weakens your ability to generate energy and generate a good backswing. To get your arm to rotate properly it is essential to have a strong grip on the club. A weak grip could be very dangerous because it can cause you to lose the ball or could cause you to extend your arm. This can lead to injury.
Another key factor in the proper grip is the angle of your stance. Tennis beginners tend to be right-handed and have their left hand spread across their body. For beginners their left arm is usually carried across their body. Most coaches recommend that you hold the club with an open grip or similar to a baseball position. A neutral grip will prevent you from swinging with an arm that isn’t dominant.
Tennis players with open stance forehand tend to have problems with their forearms. When players with an open stance forehand, they tend to over-turn their wrists and not have a proper grip. A great solution to this problem is to hold the racket with an even grip. Closed grips are the best choice for tennis players who have 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 handed should swing the racket over their head and over their shoulders. The racket should be facing your crotch if you are a right handed player and the racket should be pointing towards your waist if you’re left handed. This will prevent the over-the-head swing or the swing under the shoulder from occurring. When you swing keep your wrists straight and lower your hips to ensure that you don’t allow either side of your body a chance to swing.