Tennis is among the most loved sports played in the world. It is a sport everyone can play, from beginners to professionals. There are two primary categories of tennis players. They can be classified according to their ability to hit the ball farther than a backhand or forehand. Most often, tennis players have difficulty with hitting forehands because they aren’t aware of how to use the right muscles for their forehands, and in the right order to hit powerful forehands. Tennis players also have trouble with their backhands due to insufficient knowledge about how to position themselves in order to hit a solid backhand down the court. These two areas are essential to the game and must be addressed.
A successful tennis swing is contingent on your grip. Many beginners make the error of gripping the racket to tight or loose and end up missing the ball or making a poor contact or having the racket break off when they swing at the ball. By holding the racket in the correct way will give you the best chance to strike the ball correctly every time.
The other thing you need to be aware of is that your forehand swing path should start out straight and then curve upwards 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 starts with the more natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These aspects will determine what kind of shots you should be practicing. If you are working on the bank shot technique the forehand swing course will naturally curve towards the top as it gets closer to the ball.
Always keep your shoulders squared with the ball. This will keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball even as your arms move freely. While you move your arms, your shoulders should not move away from the socket of your racquet. If this happens, it will be extremely difficult to capture the ball.
When you get close to the ball, make sure to rotate your arm from your side, not your backside. Rotating your arm towards your side can reduce your power and your ability generate power. To get your arm to rotate correctly you need to have a strong grip on the club. A weak grip could be dangerous since it can cause you lose the ball or can cause you to overextend your arm. This can result in injury.
The angle of your stance is also an important aspect to ensure a good grip. Tennis beginners tend to be right-handed and have their left hand spread across their body. The left arm of newbies is usually slung over their body. Most coaches suggest using an even grip, or in a manner similar to a baseball posture. A neutral grip will prevent you from swinging with an arm that isn’t dominant.
Forehand tennis players with open stances are more likely to have issues with their forearms. Open stance forehand players tend to have issues with their grip. This issue can be resolved by holding the racket with a neutral grip. Tennis players with open stance forehand must try to have a closed grip. This can be achieved by putting the racket behind your head while your knees are bent and your elbows are locked.
Tennis players who have a dominant hand should move the racket over their heads and over their shoulder. The racket should be facing your crotch in case you are an right-handed player and the racket should be pointing towards your waist if you are left-handed. This will prevent the over-the-head swing or the swing under the shoulder from happening. When you swing, keep your wrists straight and lower your hips to ensure that you do not give either side of your body any room to swing.