Tennis is one of the most loved sports in the world. It is a sport anyone can play from beginners to professional. Tennis players can be classified into two broad categories based on their skill level to hit the ball more and higher than a forehand or a backhand. Most times, tennis players struggle with their forehands as they aren’t aware of how to properly use the right muscles for their forehands or in the right order to hit powerful forehands. Tennis players also struggle with their backhands due to lack of knowledge on how to position themselves in order to hit a solid backhand down the court. This is why these two essential areas of the game need to be addressed by those who wish to excel at the game.
The grip is the most critical aspect of the successful tennis swing. Many new players make the mistake of holding the racket too loose or tight and end up missing the ball making poor contact, or letting their racket slide when they hit the ball. The best way to hit the ball correctly is to hold the racket in the proper position.
Another thing to keep in mind is that your forehand’s swing path should be straight. As you get closer to the top end of your follow-through, your forehand’s swing path should curve towards your top. This is referred to as a cut shot or high arc. A low arc or hook will begin with the more natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These factors will determine what kind of shots you should be practicing. For instance, if, for example, you are practicing a technique that is known as the bank shot your forehand swing path will naturally turn toward the top as you get closer to the ball.
Be sure to keep your shoulders aligned with the ball. This will ensure that your shoulders are in constant contact with the ball which allows your arms to swing with ease. While you move your arms, your shoulders should not leave the socket of your racquet. It could make it extremely difficult to catch the ball if this occurs.
When you get close to the ball, ensure to rotate your arm from your side, not your backside. Rotating your arm towards your side can reduce your power and ability generate power. You need a solid grip to control your arm’s movement. A weak grip could be very dangerous because it can cause you lose the ball or can cause you to overextend your arm. This could cause injuries.
The angle of your stance is an crucial factor to ensure the grip you have. The majority of tennis players are right-handed and have their right arm stretched across their body. The left arm of beginners is often slung across their body. The majority of coaches advise using a neutral grip, or a style similar to a baseball grip. A neutral grip can stop you from swinging with an arm that isn’t dominant.
Forehand tennis players with open stances tend to have issues with their forearms. Forehand players with an open stance are more likely to have issues with their grip. A great way to solve this problem is to hold the racket with an even grip. Tennis players with an open stance forehand should attempt to hold the racket with a closed grip. This can be accomplished by placing the racket on your head while your knees are bent and your elbows are locked.
Tennis players with a dominant hand should move the racket over their head and over their shoulders. The racket should be facing your crotch in case you are an right-handed player, and it should face your waist if you’re left-handed. This will prevent the over-the-head swing or the under-shoulder swing from happening. Keep your wrists straight as you swing. Also, ensure you don’t give any side of your body too much room.