Tennis is one of the most played sports played in the world. Everyone can play tennis from beginners to professionals. There are two primary categories of tennis players. They are classified based on their ability to hit the ball more than a forehand or backhand. Tennis players are often unable to hit forehands because of the lack of knowledge on how to properly engage their muscles and in what is the best way to hit powerful forehands. Tennis players also struggle with their backhands because of lack of knowledge on how to position themselves in order to hit a strong backhand down the court. So, these two crucial areas of the game need to be addressed by those who wish to be successful in the sport.
The grip is the most crucial aspect of a successful tennis swing. Many new players make the mistake of gripping the racket too tightly or too loosely, and end up either hitting the ball too far, making improper contact, or having the racket fall off when they swing at the ball. Holding the racket the right way will give you the best chance to strike the ball correctly every time.
Another important thing to remember is that your forehand’s swing path should be straight. As you approach the top end of your follow-through, your forehand swing path should be curved towards your top. This is called cut or high arc shot. A hook with a low arc would have an inherent wrist hinge as well as wrist extension. These aspects will determine what kind of shots you need to be practicing. 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.
Always keep your shoulders in line with the ball as you swing. This will ensure that your shoulders are in constant contact with your ball which allows your arms to swing with ease. Be aware that your shoulders must not leave the socket or your tennis racquet during your swing. It could make it extremely difficult to capture the ball in the event that this happens.
As you approach the ball, ensure to move your arm to your side, not your backside. The arm that is rotated to the side will weaken the ability of your arm to generate power and generate a good backswing. You need to have a strong grip to control the rotation of your arm. A weak grip could result in injuries. It can cause you not to hit the ball or cause you overextend your arms. This could result in injury.
Another crucial aspect of the proper grip is the angle you stand at. Most tennis players are right-handed and have their right arm stretched across their bodies. The left arm of beginner players is often carried over their body. Most coaches suggest holding the club with a neutral grip, or a style similar to a baseball posture. By holding the club in a neutral position will aid in preventing an arm that is not dominant when you swing.
Tennis players that have an open stance forehands tend to have problems with their forearms. Forehands with an open stance tend to have problems with their grip. This issue can be resolved by using a neutral grip. Closed grips are the best choice for players with an open forehand. You can achieve this by placing the racket on your skull, keeping your knees bent, and your elbows locked.
Tennis players who have a dominant hand should move the racket above their head and over their shoulders. If you’re a right-handed player the racket should point towards your crotch. If you’re a lefthanded player, the racket should be pointing towards your waist. This will prevent the over the head swing as well as the under-the-shoulder swing from happening. When you swing keep your wrists straight, and keep them down your hips so that you don’t give either side of your body a chance to swing.