Tennis is one of the most loved sports in the world. Everyone can play tennis, from beginners to the pros. Tennis players can be classified into two broad categories based on their to hit the ball further 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 proper muscles for their forehands and in which order to hit powerful forehands. Tennis players also have trouble with their backhands due lack of knowledge on how to properly position themselves to hit a strong backhand down the court. These two areas are crucial to the sport and must be addressed.
The grip is the most important element of a successful tennis swing. Many beginners make the mistake of holding the racket too tight or loosely and end up missing the ball and making poor contact or letting their racket slide when they swing at the ball. Holding the racket the right way will provide you with the best chance to hit the ball accurately every time.
Another thing to keep in mind is that your forehand swing path should be straight. When you reach the top of your follow-through, your forehand’s swing path should curve towards your top. This is referred to as a high arc or cut shot. A hook with a low angle will have an inherent wrist hinge as well as wrist extension. These aspects will determine what kind of shots you need to be practicing. For example, if you are practicing a technique that is known as the bank shot your forehand swing path will naturally turn toward the top as you move closer to the ball.
Always keep your shoulders in line with the ball as you swing. This helps keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball even as your arms move freely. Be aware that your shoulders should never be removed from the socket or tennis racquet during your swing. This can make it extremely difficult to capture the ball if this happens.
When you are approaching the ball, make sure that your arm is directed from your side and not towards your backside. By putting your arm on your side actually weakens the ability of your arm to generate power and generate a good backswing. To get your arm to rotate correctly, you must hold a firm grip on the club. A weak grip could cause injury. It could cause you to miss the ball, or cause you to overextend your arms. This can result in injuries.
Another key factor in the correct grip is the angle of your stance. Most tennis beginners are right handed and have their right arm slung across their body. For beginners their left arm is usually carried over their body. Most coaches suggest using a neutral grip or in a similar way to a baseball grip. Holding the club in a neutral position can aid in preventing a non-dominant arm when you swing.
Tennis players who have open stance forehand are more likely to have issues with their forearms. If players have an open-stance forehand, they tend to over-turn their wrists and not have a good grip. This problem can be solved by using neutral grip. Closed grips are ideal for tennis players who have an open forehand. This can be achieved by placing the racket behind your skull, keeping your knees bent, and your elbows locked.
Tennis players who are non-dominant handed should swing the racket above their head and over their shoulders. If you’re a left 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 over the head swing and the under-the-shoulder swing from occurring. When you swing keep your wrists straight, and keep them down your hips, making sure you do not give either side of your body a chance to swing.