Tennis is among the most popular sports in the world. Tennis is a game that anyone can play, from beginners to pros. Tennis players can be classified into two broad categories based on their skill level to hit the ball further and higher than a forehand or a backhand. Tennis players are often unable to hit forehands due to a lack of knowledge about how to properly engage their muscles and what order to hit strong forehands. Likewise, tennis players also struggle with their backhands as they don’t know enough about the proper way to set themselves up to hit a great backhand down the court. These two areas are essential to the sport and must be addressed.
A successful tennis swing is dependent on your grip. Many beginners make the error of holding the racket too tight or loose and end up hitting the ball too far, making improper contact, or even having the racket break off when they swing at the ball. The best way to strike the ball correctly is to keep the racket in the correct position.
The other thing you need to remember is that your forehand swing should begin straight and then curve toward the top of your body as you reach the top of your follow through. This is known as a cut shot or high arc. A hook with a low arc will have an 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 the forehand swing is likely to curve towards the top as you get closer to the ball.
Keep your shoulders in line with the ball whenever you swing. This helps keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball while your arms are free to move. Be aware that your shoulders should never leave the socket or your racquet when you swing. It could make it extremely difficult to take the ball back if this happens.
As you approach the ball, ensure to rotate your arm from your side, not from your backside. Rotating your arm on your side actually weakens the ability of your arm to generate power and produce a strong backswing. To get your arm to rotate properly, you must have a strong grip on the club. Having a weak grip can be extremely dangerous as it can cause you miss the ball or it could cause you to overextend your arm. This could cause injury.
The angle of your stance is another important aspect to ensure a good grip. Tennis beginners are typically right-handed and wear their right hand slung across the body. For those who are just beginning, their left arm is usually slung over their body. Most coaches recommend that you hold the club with an open grip or similar to a baseball posture. Holding the club in a neutral posture will aid in preventing an arm that is not dominant during your swing.
Open stance forehand tennis players are more likely to have issues with their forearms. When players with an open stance forehand they are more likely to turn their wrists and not have a proper grip. A great way to solve this problem is to hold the racket with an even grip. Tennis players with an open stance forehand must try to hold the racket with a closed grip. You can achieve this by placing the racket in front of your skull, your knees bent, and keeping your elbows locked.
Tennis players who are non-dominant handed should swing the racket in front of their head and over their shoulders. The racket should point towards your crotch if you are a right handed player and should be facing your waist if you are a left handed player. This will prevent the over-the head swing and the under-the-shoulder swing from happening. Keep your wrists straight while you swing. Also, ensure you don’t allow any side of your body too much space.