Tennis is one of the most loved sports in the world. Everyone can play tennis from beginners to professionals. Tennis players can be classified into two broad categories based on their skill level to hit the ball farther and higher than a backhand or forehand. Most often, tennis players struggle with hitting forehands because they don’t know how to properly engage the proper muscles for their forehands and in what order to hit strong forehands. Tennis players also have trouble with their backhands due to lack of knowledge on how to properly position themselves to hit a strong backhand down the court. These two areas are essential to the game and need to be addressed.
The grip is the most important element of a successful tennis swing. Many beginners make the error of holding the racket in a way that is too loose or tight and then miss the ball, making poor contact or letting their racket slide when they swing at the ball. Holding the racket the right way will give you the best opportunity to strike the ball correctly every time.
The other important factor to be aware of is that your forehand’s swing path should start out straight and then curve towards 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 begin with a more natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These factors will determine the kind of shots you need to be practicing. For instance, if, for example, you are practicing a technique known as the bank shot your forehand swing will naturally move towards the top as you get closer to the ball.
Keep your shoulders in line with the ball as you swing. This will keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball even as your arms are free to move. Remember that your shoulders must never leave the socket or your racquet when you swing. If this happens, it can be very difficult to catch the ball.
When you get close to the ball, ensure to move your arm to your side, not from your backside. The arm that is rotated to the side will weaken your ability to generate energy and create a great backswing. To get your arm to rotate properly you need to be able to grip the club. Having a weak grip can be very dangerous because it can cause you to miss the ball or it could cause you to overextend your arm. This could result in injury.
Another important aspect in the correct grip is the angle of your stance. Most tennis players are right handed and carry their right arm across their bodies. For beginners the left arm is typically carried across their body. Most coaches recommend that you hold the club in the neutral grip or similar to a baseball posture. A neutral grip can stop you from hitting with an arm that isn’t dominant.
Open stance forehand tennis players tend to have issues with their forearms. If a player has an open stance forehand they tend to twist their wrists and not have a good grip. This issue can be fixed by holding the racket in an upright grip. Closed grips are best for players with an open forehand. This can be accomplished by putting the racket behind your head while your knees are bent and your elbows are locked.
Tennis players who are non-dominant hand should hold the racket in front of their head and over their shoulders. If you’re a left handed player the racket should be facing your crotch. If you’re a lefthanded player, it should face towards your waist. This will prevent the over-the-head swing or the swing under the shoulder from occurring. Keep your wrists straight when you swing. Also, ensure that you don’t give any side of your body too much room.