Tennis is a hugely popular sport. Anyone can play tennis, from beginners to the pros. Tennis players can be classified into two broad categories based on their skill to hit the ball farther and higher than a forehand or backhand. Tennis players typically struggle to hit forehands because of the lack of knowledge on how to properly engage their muscles and what order to hit strong forehands. In the same way, tennis players struggle with backhands due to the fact that they don’t know enough about the proper way to properly position themselves for a great backhand down the court. Therefore, these two important areas of the game must to be addressed by those who want to excel at the sport.
A successful tennis swing is dependent on the grip you use. Many beginners make the mistake of gripping the racket to tightly or loosely, and end up either hitting the ball too far or making an incorrect contact or having the racket fall off when they swing at the ball. The best way to hit the ball correctly is to keep the racket correctly in the right position.
The other important factor to remember is that your forehand swing should begin straight and then curve upwards towards the top of your body when you get to the top of your follow-through. This is known as a cut shot or high arc. A hook with a low angle will have an natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These aspects will affect the type of shots that you need to master. If you are practicing the bank shot technique your forehand’s swing course will naturally curve towards the top as you get closer to the ball.
Be sure to keep your shoulders in line with the ball. This will ensure that your shoulders are always in contact with the ball which allows your arms to move freely. Keep in mind that the shoulders must never leave the socket or your racquet when you swing. If this happens, it could be very difficult to catch the ball.
When you approach the ball, ensure that your arm is directed from your side and not towards your backside. Rotating your arm to the side could decrease your power and ability to generate power. You need to have a strong grip to control your arm’s movement. A weak grip could result in injury. It can cause you miss the ball or cause you overextend your arms. This could result in injury.
Another key factor in the correct grip is the angle of your stance. Most tennis players are right-handed and have their right arm stretched across their body. The left arm of beginner players is often carried over their body. Most coaches suggest using an even grip, or a style similar to a baseball position. Holding the club in a neutral position can ensure that you don’t have a non-dominant arm when you swing.
Open stance forehand tennis players tend to have issues with their forearms. If players have an open stance forehand they are more likely to turn their wrists, and they do not have a good grip. A great solution to this problem is to hold the racket with a neutral grip. Tennis players with an open stance forehands should try 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 who are non-dominant hand should hold the racket above their head and over their shoulders. The racket should point towards your crotch if you are a right handed player and should be facing your waist if left handed. This will stop the over-the-head swing or the under-the-shoulder swing from occurring. Keep your wrists straight when you swing. Also, ensure that you don’t give any part of your body too much space.