Tennis is among the most popular sports played in the world. Tennis is a game that anyone can play, from beginners to professionals. Tennis players can be grouped into two broad categories based on their skill to hit the ball more and higher than a forehand or 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, and in which order to hit powerful forehands. Tennis players also struggle with their backhands because of lack of understanding about how to position themselves in order to hit a good backhand down the court. These two areas are essential to the game and need to be addressed.
A successful tennis swing is dependent on the grip you use. Many beginners make the mistake of holding the racket too tightly or too loosely and end up hitting the ball too far, making improper contact, or even having the racket fall off while they swing at the ball. The best method to hit the ball correctly is to hold the racket in the correct position.
Another thing to keep in mind is that your forehand’s path should be straight. When you reach the top end of your follow-through, your forehand swing path should be curved towards your top. This is called cut shot or high arc. A hook with a low arc will begin with a more natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These aspects will affect the kind of shots you must be learning. If you are working on the bank shot technique your forehand’s swing path will naturally curve toward the top as you get closer to the ball.
Remember to always swing with your shoulders squared with the ball. This helps keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball as your arms are free to move. While you swing, your shoulders must not be able to leave the racquet’s socket. If this happens, it can be extremely difficult to capture the ball.
When approaching the ball, make sure that your arm is pointing from your side and not towards your backside. By putting your arm on your side actually weakens your ability to generate energy and create a great backswing. You must have a strong grip to control your arm’s rotation. A weak grip could result in injury. It can cause you miss the ball, or cause you to overextend your arms. This can lead to injury.
Another key factor in the correct grip is the angle of your stance. Most tennis beginners are right handed and have their right arm slung across their bodies. The left arm of beginner players is often carried over their body. Most coaches recommend that you hold the club in a neutral grip or like a baseball position. A neutral grip will stop you from swinging with an arm that isn’t dominant.
Tennis players that have an open stance forehand are more likely to have issues with their forearms. When players with an open stance forehand, they tend to over-turn their wrists and do not have a proper grip. A great way to solve this problem is to hold the racket using an even grip. Tennis players with open stance forehands should try to hold the racket with a closed grip. You can achieve this by placing the racket behind your skull, your knees bent, and keeping your elbows locked.
Tennis players with a hand that is not dominant should swing the racket above their head and then over their shoulder. The racket should point towards your crotch in case you are a right handed player, and it should face your waist if you’re left-handed. This will help prevent either the swing that is over the head or the swing under the shoulder from happening. Keep your wrists straight as you swing. Also, make sure you don’t give any side of your body too much room.