Tennis is among the most popular sports played in the world. It is a sport anyone can play from beginners to professional. Tennis players can be classified into two broad categories based on their ability level to hit the ball further and higher than a forehand or a backhand. 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 which order to hit powerful forehands. Tennis players also struggle with their backhands due to lack of understanding about how to position themselves in order to hit a solid backhand down the court. These two areas are essential to the sport and must be addressed.
The grip is the most critical element of an effective tennis swing. Many new players make the mistake of holding the racket too tightly or loosely and end up not hitting the ball or making an incorrect contact or having the racket fall off while they are swinging at the ball. The best way to strike the ball correctly is to keep the racket correctly in the right position.
Another important thing to remember is that your forehand’s path should be straight. When you reach the top of your follow-through, your forehand’s path should curve towards your top. This is referred to as a high arc or cut shot. A low arc or hook starts with a more natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These factors will influence the type of shots that you should be learning. If you are practicing the bank shot technique your forehand’s swing is likely to curve towards the top as you get closer to the ball.
Remember to always swing with your shoulders in line with the ball. This will ensure that your shoulders remain in constant contact with the ball, allowing your arms to swing freely. Remember that your shoulders must never leave the socket or your racquet while you are swinging. It could make it extremely difficult to catch the ball if this happens.
When you approach the ball, ensure that your arm is pointed towards your side, and not your backside. Rotating your arm to your side can actually decrease your power and ability to generate power. You need to have a strong grip to control your arm’s movement. A weak grip can be dangerous since it can cause you lose the ball or can cause you to overextend your arm. This could result in injuries.
The angle of your stance is an important factor in ensuring an effective grip. Tennis beginners are typically right-handed and wear their right hand slung across the body. For beginners their left arm is usually carried over their body. Most coaches suggest holding the club with an even grip, or in a manner similar to a baseball posture. A neutral grip will stop you from swinging with an arm that isn’t dominant.
Tennis players with open stance forehand are more likely to have problems with their forearms. If players have an open stance forehand, they tend to over-turn their wrists and do not have a proper grip. This problem can be solved by holding the racket in an upright grip. Closed grips are best for players with an open forehand. This can be done 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 move the racket over their head and above their shoulders. The racket should be facing your crotch in case you are an right-handed player and the racket should be pointing towards your waist if left handed. This will prevent the swing that is over the head or the under-the-shoulder swing from happening. When you swing, keep your wrists straight and down your hips to ensure that you don’t allow either side of your body any space to swing.