Tennis is a hugely popular sport. Everyone can play tennis from beginners to the pros. Tennis players can be divided into two broad categories based on their ability to hit the ball farther and higher than a forehand or backhand. Most often, tennis players have difficulty when they hit forehands due to the fact that they aren’t aware of how to properly engage the proper muscles for their forehands and in what order to hit strong forehands. Tennis players also struggle with their backhands due insufficient knowledge about how to position themselves to hit a solid backhand down the court. These two areas are vital to the game and must be addressed.
A successful tennis swing is contingent on the grip you use. Many new players make the mistake of holding their racket in a way that is too loose or tight and end up missing the ball, making poor contact or letting their racket slide when they swing at the ball. The best method to hit the ball correctly is to hold the racket correctly in the right position.
Another important thing to keep in mind is that your forehand swing path should be straight from the beginning and then curve toward the top of your body as you approach the top of your follow-through. This is referred to as cut shot or high arc. A low arc or hook would start out with a more natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These factors will determine what type of shots you should 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.
Be sure to keep your shoulders aligned with the ball. This will ensure that your shoulders remain in constant contact with the ball which allows your arms to swing freely. While you swing, your shoulders should not leave the socket of your racquet. This can make it extremely difficult to take the ball back in the event that this occurs.
When you get close to the ball, ensure to move your arm to your side, not your backside. Rotating your arm towards your side can decrease your power and ability generate power. You must have a strong grip to control your arm’s rotation. A weak grip could be very dangerous because it can cause you be unable to catch the ball, or it could cause you to overextend your arm. This could result in injury.
The angle of your stance is also an important aspect to ensure an effective grip. Tennis beginners tend to be right-handed and have their left hand draped across their body. For beginners their left arm is typically carried over their body. The majority of coaches suggest that you hold the club in a neutral grip or similar to a baseball position. A neutral grip will prevent you from swinging with an arm that is not dominant.
Tennis players who have open stance forehands tend to have problems with their forearms. When players with an open-stance forehand, they are more likely to turn their wrists and do not have a proper grip. One way to address this problem is to hold the racket using an even grip. Closed grips are best for tennis players with an open forehand. This can be accomplished by placing the racket over your head while your knees are bent and your elbows are locked.
Tennis players with a dominant hand should move the racket over their heads and over their shoulder. The racket should point towards your crotch if a right handed player and should be facing your waist if you are left handed. This will prevent the over the head swing and the under-the shoulder swing from occurring. When you swing, keep your wrists straight, and keep them down your hips so that you don’t give either side of your body any room to swing.