Tennis is one of the most popular sports in the world. Everyone can play tennis, from beginners to pros. Tennis players can be grouped into two broad categories based on their skill level to hit the ball further and higher than a backhand or forehand. Most often, tennis players struggle with hitting forehands because they do not know how to engage the correct muscles for their forehands, and in what order to hit strong forehands. In the same way, tennis players struggle with their backhands as they aren’t aware about the proper way to properly position themselves for a nice backhand down the court. Therefore, these two important aspects of the game have to be addressed by those who wish to be a pro at the game.
The grip is the most critical element of a successful tennis swing. Many new players make the mistake of holding the racket too tightly or loosely and end up hitting the ball too far, making improper contact, or even having the racket fall off while they are swinging at the ball. The best way to strike the ball correctly is to hold the racket correctly in the right position.
The other important factor to remember is that your forehand’s swing path should begin straight and then curve upwards towards the top of your body as you approach the top of your follow-through. This is called cut shots or high arc. A hook with a low angle will have an inherent wrist hinge as well as wrist extension. These aspects will affect the type of shots that you should be learning. If you are working on the bank shot technique your forehand’s swing course will naturally curve towards the top as it gets closer to the ball.
Always keep your shoulders squared with the ball. This helps to keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball as your arms move freely. Be aware that your shoulders should never leave the socket or your racquet while you are swinging. This can make it extremely difficult to take the ball back when this happens.
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. To allow your arm to rotate properly it is essential to be able to grip the club. A weak grip could result in injury. It can cause you not to hit the ball or cause you overextend your arms. This could lead to injury.
Another crucial aspect of the correct grip is the angle you stand at. Tennis beginners are typically right-handed and have their left hand spread across their body. The left arm of newbies is usually slung over their body. Most coaches recommend that you hold the club in a neutral grip or similar to a baseball position. Holding the club in a neutral posture will help prevent you from having an arm that is not dominant during your swing.
Tennis players who have open stance forehand tend 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. A great way to solve this issue is to hold the racket with a neutral grip. Closed grips are the best choice for tennis players with an open forehand. This can be accomplished by placing the racket over your head, while your knees are bent and your elbows are locked.
Tennis players that have a dominant hand should move the racket over their head and over their shoulder. If you’re a left handed player the racket should point towards your crotch. If you’re a left-handed player, it should be facing towards your waist. This will help prevent either the head-over-head swing or the under-the-shoulder swing from occurring. When you swing keep your wrists straight, and keep them down your hips to ensure that you don’t allow either side of your body any room to swing.