Tennis is a very popular sport. Anyone can play tennis, from beginners to professionals. Tennis players can be classified into two broad categories based on their skill level to hit the ball more and higher than a backhand or forehand. Most times, tennis players struggle with hitting forehands because they do not know how to engage the proper muscles for their forehands or in which order to hit powerful forehands. Tennis players also have trouble with their backhands because of lack of knowledge on how to position themselves to hit a solid backhand down the court. These two areas are essential to the game and must be addressed.
The grip is the most critical aspect of the successful tennis swing. Many new players make the mistake of gripping the racket to tightly or loosely, and end up either missing the ball or making a poor contact or even having the racket fall off when 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 thing you need to be aware of is that your forehand’s swing path should be straight from the beginning and then curve toward the top of your body as you approach the top of your follow through. This is referred to as cut shots or high arc. A hook with a low arc would 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 path will naturally curve toward the top as it gets closer to the ball.
Always keep your shoulders aligned with the ball. This will ensure that your shoulders are always in contact with your ball which allows your arms to swing with ease. While you move your arms, your shoulders should not be able to leave the racquet’s socket. If this happens, it could be extremely difficult to capture the ball.
When you get close to the ball, be sure to rotate your arm from your side, not your backside. Rotating your arms to the side could reduce your power and your ability to generate power. You need to have a strong grip to control your arm’s rotation. A weak grip could result in injuries. It can cause you miss the ball, or cause you to overextend your arms. This can lead to injury.
Another key factor in the proper grip is the angle you stand at. The majority of tennis players are right-handed and have their left hand slung across the body. The left arm of beginners is often slung across their body. Most coaches recommend holding the club with a neutral grip or in a manner similar to a baseball posture. A neutral grip will stop you from hitting with an arm that isn’t dominant.
Forehand tennis players who have an open stance tend to have problems with their forearms. Open stance forehand players tend to have issues with their grip. This issue can be resolved by holding the racket in an upright grip. Tennis players with open stance forehands should try to hold the racket with a closed grip. This can be achieved by placing the racket behind your skull, keeping your knees bent, and keeping your elbows locked.
Tennis players with a hand that is not dominant should swing the racket over their head and then over their shoulder. The racket should point towards your crotch in case you are a right handed player and the racket should be pointing towards your waist if you are a left handed player. This will prevent the head-over-head swing or the swing under the shoulder from occurring. Keep your wrists straight while you swing. Also, ensure that you don’t give any side of your body too much room.