Tennis is one of the most played sports played in the world. Everyone can play tennis, from beginners to pros. There are two main categories of tennis players. They can be classified according to their ability to hit the ball farther than a forehand or backhand. Most times, tennis players struggle 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 which order to hit powerful forehands. Likewise, tennis players also struggle with backhands because they aren’t aware about how to set themselves up to hit a nice backhand down the court. This is why these two essential aspects of the game have to be addressed by those who want to be a pro at the sport.
The grip is the most critical element of the successful tennis swing. Many beginners make the mistake of gripping the racket too tight or loose, and end up either missing the ball, making improper contact, or having the racket break off when they swing at the ball. The best way to hit the ball correctly is to hold the racket in the correct position.
Another important thing to remember is that your forehand swing path should be straight. As you get closer to the top of your follow-through, your forehand’s swing path should be curved towards your top. This is called cut shot or high arc. A low arc or hook will begin with an easier wrist hinge and wrist extension. These aspects will determine what type of shots you should be practicing. For instance, if you are practicing a technique known as the bank shot, your forehand’s swing path will naturally shift towards the top as you move closer to the ball.
Be sure to keep your shoulders aligned with the ball. This will keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball while your arms move freely. While you move your arms, your shoulders should not move away from the racquet’s socket. It could make it extremely difficult to capture the ball in the event that this occurs.
As you approach the ball, be sure to move your arm to your side, not from your backside. Rotating your arm to the side could reduce your power and your ability to generate power. You need a solid grip to control your arm’s rotation. A weak grip can be dangerous since it can cause you lose the ball or could cause you to overextend your arm. This can result in injury.
Another key factor in the proper grip is the angle of your stance. Most tennis beginners are right-handed and have their right arm stretched across their bodies. The left arm of newbies is often carried over their body. Most coaches advise that you hold the club in an open grip or like a baseball position. By holding the club in a neutral position can aid in preventing an arm that is not dominant when you swing.
Tennis players with open stance forehand tend to have issues with their forearms. Forehand players with an open stance are more likely to have problems with their grip. One way to address this issue is to hold the racket using an even grip. Tennis players with an open stance forehand should attempt to use 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 that have a hand that is not dominant should swing the racket over their head and over their shoulder. If you’re a right handed player, the racket should face your crotch. If you’re a left-handed player, it should be facing towards your waist. This will prevent the over-the head swing and the under-the-shoulder swing from happening. Keep your wrists straight as you swing. Also, ensure that you don’t give any part of your body too much space.