Tennis is among 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 level to hit the ball more and higher than a forehand or backhand. Most times, tennis players struggle with hitting forehands because they do not know how to use the right muscles for their forehands, and in the right order to hit powerful forehands. Likewise, tennis players also struggle with their backhands as they aren’t aware about how to set themselves up to hit a perfect backhand on the court. These two areas are crucial to the sport and must be addressed.
The grip is the most critical aspect of a successful tennis swing. Many beginners make the mistake of holding the racket too tightly or too loosely and end up not hitting the ball or making an incorrect contact or even having the racket fall off while they swing at the ball. By holding the racket in the correct way will provide you with the best chance to strike the ball correctly every time.
Another important thing to remember is that your forehand’s swing path should be straight. As you approach the top of your follow-through, your forehand’s path should be curved towards your top. This is referred to as a cut shot or high arc. A hook with a low arc would have an inherent wrist hinge as well as wrist extension. These aspects will affect the type of shots that you should be learning. If you’re practicing the bank shot technique the forehand swing path will naturally curve toward the top as it gets closer to the ball.
Be sure to keep your shoulders squared with the ball. This will keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball while your arms are free to move. While you swing, your shoulders must not leave the racquet’s socket. If this happens, it will be extremely difficult to catch the ball.
When you approach the ball, ensure that your arm is pointing from your side and not your backside. Rotating your arm on your side actually weakens your ability to generate power and produce a strong backswing. To allow your arm to rotate correctly, you must hold a firm grip on the club. Having a weak grip can be dangerous since it can cause you be unable to catch the ball, or it can cause you to overextend your arm. This could cause injury.
The angle of your stance is also an important factor in ensuring the grip you have. Most tennis beginners are right-handed and carry their right arm across their bodies. The left arm of beginner players is often carried over their body. The majority of coaches advise holding the club with a neutral grip or a style similar to a baseball grip. Holding the club in a neutral posture will ensure that you don’t have an arm that is not dominant during your swing.
Tennis players who have open stance forehand are more likely to have issues with their forearms. If a player has an open stance forehand, they tend to over-turn their wrists and do not have a proper grip. A great solution to this issue is to hold the racket using a neutral grip. Closed grips are best for players with an open forehand. You can achieve this by placing the racket on your skull, keeping your knees bent, and your elbows locked.
Tennis players who have a non-dominant handed should swing the racket above their head and above their shoulders. If you’re a right-handed player the racket should point towards your crotch. If you’re a left-handed player, it should be facing towards your waist. This will prevent the head-over-head swing or the swing under the shoulder 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.