Tennis is among the most popular sports in the world. Everyone can play tennis 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 with hitting forehands because they aren’t aware of how to properly engage the correct muscles for their forehands, and in what order to hit strong forehands. Also, tennis players struggle with backhands due to the fact that they do not know enough about how to set themselves up to hit a nice backhand down the court. Therefore, these two important aspects of the game have to be addressed by those who wish to excel at the game.
The grip is the most critical aspect of an effective tennis swing. Many beginners make the mistake of holding their racket too tight or loosely and then miss the ball, making poor contact or letting their racket slide when they swing at the ball. The best way to hit the ball correctly is to keep the racket in the proper position.
The other important factor 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 when you get to the top of your follow through. This is called cut shots or high arc. A low arc or hook would start out with the more natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These aspects will determine what kind of shots you should be practicing. If you are practicing the bank shot technique your forehand’s swing course will naturally curve towards the top as it gets closer to the ball.
Keep your shoulders in line with the ball whenever you swing. This helps to 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 when you swing. If this happens, it could be very difficult to take the ball back.
As you approach the ball, be sure to move your arm to your side, not from your backside. Rotating your arms to the side could reduce your power and ability generate power. In order to get your arm to rotate correctly it is essential to hold a firm grip on the club. Having a weak grip can be extremely dangerous as it can cause you lose the ball or could cause you to overextend your arm. This can lead to injury.
The angle of your stance is also an crucial factor to ensure an effective grip. Most tennis beginners are right-handed and carry their right arm across their body. For beginners, their left arm is typically carried over their body. Most coaches recommend using a neutral grip, or a style similar to a baseball grip. A neutral grip will prevent you from hitting with an arm that is not dominant.
Tennis players who have open stance forehand tend to have problems with their forearms. Forehands with an open stance tend to have issues with their grip. This problem can be solved by holding the racket in an upright grip. Closed grips are best for tennis players who have an open forehand. This can be done by putting the racket behind your head while your knees are bent and your elbows are locked.
Tennis players who have a non-dominant handed should swing the racket above their head and above their shoulders. The racket should be facing your crotch in case you are a right handed player, and it should face your waist if you are left handed. This will stop the over-the head swing and the under-the-shoulder swing from happening. Keep your wrists straight while you swing. Also, make sure you don’t give any side of your body too much space.