Tennis is a hugely popular sport. Everyone can play tennis, from beginners to pros. Tennis players can be classified into two broad categories based on their ability level to hit the ball more and higher than a forehand or backhand. Tennis players typically struggle to hit forehands because of the lack of knowledge on how to effectively engage their muscles and what order to hit strong forehands. Tennis players also have trouble with their backhands because of lack of understanding about how to position themselves to hit a good backhand down the court. These two areas are essential to the game and must be addressed.
The grip is the most crucial element of a successful tennis swing. Many new players make the mistake of gripping the racket too tight or loose, and end up either not hitting the ball or making an incorrect contact or having the racket fall off when they swing at the ball. By holding the racket in the correct way will give you the best opportunity to hit the ball in the right way every time.
Another important thing to remember is that your forehand’s swing path should be straight. When you reach the top of your follow-through, your forehand’s path should curve towards your top. This is called a high arc or cut shot. A low arc or hook starts with a more natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These factors can affect the kind of shots you should be learning. For instance, 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.
Be sure to keep your shoulders aligned with the ball. This helps keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball while your arms move freely. Be aware that your shoulders must never leave the socket or your racquet while you are swinging. If this happens, it will be very difficult to capture the ball.
When you are approaching the ball, ensure that your arm is pointed towards your side, and not your backside. Rotating your arms towards your side can decrease your power and ability generate power. You need a solid grip to control your arm’s movement. A weak grip could be extremely dangerous as it can cause you to miss the ball or it can cause you to overextend your arm. This could lead to injuries.
Another crucial aspect of the correct grip is the angle you stand at. Tennis beginners are typically right-handed and wear their right hand spread across their body. The left arm of beginner players is often slung across their body. Most coaches recommend holding the club with a neutral grip or a style similar to a baseball position. A neutral grip will stop you from hitting with an arm that isn’t dominant.
Open stance forehand tennis players are more likely to have issues with their forearms. Open stance forehand players tend to have problems with their grip. One way to address this issue is to hold the racket using an even grip. Closed grips are ideal for tennis players with an open forehand. You can achieve this by placing the racket in front of your skull, keeping your knees bent and your elbows locked.
Tennis players who have a non-dominant hand should move the racket in front of their head and above their shoulders. The racket should face your crotch in case you are a right handed player, and it should face your waist if you are a left handed player. This will help prevent either the head-over-head swing or the under-shoulder swing from occurring. When you swing, keep your wrists straight and down your hips so that you don’t give either side of your body any room to swing.