Tennis is a very well-known sport. It is a sport everyone can play, from beginners to pros. Tennis players can be classified into two broad categories based on their ability level to hit the ball more and higher than a forehand or a backhand. Most times, tennis players struggle with their forehands as they don’t know how to properly engage the correct muscles for their forehands or in which order to hit powerful forehands. Tennis players also struggle with their backhands because of insufficient knowledge about how to position themselves to hit a good backhand down the court. These two areas are essential to the game and need to be addressed.
The grip is the most important aspect of the successful tennis swing. Many new players make the mistake of holding the racket too tight or loosely and end up missing the ball, making poor contact or letting their racket slide when they swing at the ball. The best method to hit the ball correctly is to keep the racket in the proper position.
Another important thing to remember is that your forehand’s path should be straight. As you get closer to the top end of your follow-through, your forehand’s swing path should be curved towards your top. This is known as cut shot or high arc. A hook with a low arc will have an inherent wrist hinge as well as wrist extension. These aspects will affect the type of shots you must be learning. For example, if you are practicing a technique that is known as the bank shot, your forehand swing will naturally move towards the top as you get closer to the ball.
Always keep your shoulders aligned with the ball. This will ensure that your shoulders are always in contact with your ball which allows your arms to swing freely. While you swing, your shoulders must not move away from the racquet’s socket. If this happens, it will be very difficult to take the ball back.
When you are approaching the ball, ensure to rotate your arm from your side, not your backside. Rotating your arm on your side actually weakens your ability to generate energy and generate a good backswing. To get your arm to rotate properly it is essential to be able to grip the club. A weak grip can be very dangerous because it can cause you lose the ball or could cause you to overextend your arm. This could cause injury.
Another key factor in the proper grip is the angle you stand at. Most tennis players are right-handed and have their right arm slung across their bodies. The left arm of newbies is usually slung over their body. Most coaches suggest holding the club with a neutral grip, or in a similar way to a baseball position. Holding the club in a neutral position will help prevent you from having a non-dominant arm when you swing.
Forehand tennis players who have an open stance tend to have issues with their forearms. Forehands with an open stance tend to have issues with their grip. This problem can be solved by using neutral grip. Tennis players who have open stance forehand must try to hold the racket with a closed grip. This can be done by placing the racket on your head while your knees are bent and your elbows are locked.
Tennis players that have a non-dominant hand should swing the racket above their head and then over their shoulder. The racket should face your crotch if left handed and should be facing your waist if you are a left handed player. This will stop the swing that is over the head or the under-shoulder swing from happening. Keep your wrists straight when you swing. Also, ensure you don’t give any part of your body too much room.