Tennis is one of the most played sports played in the world. 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 a backhand. Most often, tennis players struggle when they hit forehands due to the fact that they do not know how to properly engage the proper muscles for their forehands and in what order to hit strong forehands. Tennis players also struggle with their backhands because of lack of understanding about how to properly position themselves to hit a strong 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 your grip. Many new players make the mistake of holding the racket too tight or loosely and end up missing the ball making poor contact, or having their racket slip when they swing at the ball. The best way to hit the ball correctly is to keep the racket correctly in the right position.
Another thing to keep in mind is that your forehand swing path should be straight. As you get closer to the top end of your follow-through, your forehand’s swing path should curve towards your top. This is known as cut shot or high arc. A hook with a low arc would have a natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These factors will determine the type of shots you should be practicing. If you’re practicing the bank shot technique your forehand’s swing path will naturally curve toward the top as you get closer to the ball.
Always keep your shoulders in line with the ball as you swing. This will ensure that your shoulders are always in contact with your ball, allowing your arms to swing freely. Be aware that your shoulders must never move away from the socket or the tennis racquet during your swing. If this happens, it can be extremely difficult to catch the ball.
When approaching the ball, ensure that your arm is directed from your side and not towards your backside. Rotating your arm on your side can weaken your ability to generate power and produce a strong backswing. You need to have a strong grip to control the rotation of your arm. A weak grip could be very dangerous because it could cause you to miss the ball or it could cause you to overextend your arm. This could result in injuries.
The angle of your stance is another crucial factor to ensure the grip you have. Most tennis beginners are right-handed and have their right arm slung across their body. For beginners, their left arm is typically carried over their body. Most coaches recommend that you hold the club in an open grip or similar to a baseball position. Holding the club in a neutral posture will aid in preventing an arm that is not dominant when you swing.
Tennis players with open stance forehands tend to have issues with their forearms. If players have an open-stance forehand, they tend to twist their wrists and not have a proper grip. This issue can be resolved by holding the racket with an upright grip. Tennis players who have open stance forehand must try to have a closed grip. This can be achieved by placing the racket on your skull, your knees bent, and keeping your elbows locked.
Tennis players who are non-dominant hand should hold the racket above their head and above their shoulders. If you’re a right handed player, the racket should face your crotch. If you’re a left-handed player, it should face towards your waist. This will prevent the head-over-head swing or the under-the-shoulder swing from occurring. Keep your wrists straight as you swing. Also, ensure that you don’t allow any side of your body too much space.