Tennis is a hugely popular sport. Anyone can play tennis, from beginners to the pros. There are two main types of tennis players. They are classified based on their ability to hit the ball farther than a backhand or forehand. Most times, tennis players struggle with hitting forehands because they do not know how to properly engage the proper muscles for their forehands or in which order to hit powerful forehands. Tennis players also struggle with their backhands due to lack of understanding about how to position themselves to hit a strong backhand down the court. These two areas are vital to the game and must be addressed.
The grip is the most crucial element of the successful tennis swing. Many beginners make the mistake of gripping the racket to tightly or loosely and end up not hitting the ball or making a poor contact or having the racket break off when they are swinging at the ball. By holding the racket in the correct way will provide you with the best chance to hit the ball in the right way every time.
The other important factor to keep in mind is that your forehand’s swing path should be straight from the beginning and then curve towards the top of your body as you approach the top of your follow through. This is known as a high arc or cut shot. A low arc or hook will begin with the more natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These aspects will affect the type of shots that you need to master. For instance, if you are practicing a technique that is known as the bank shot your forehand swing path will naturally move towards the top as you move 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 with ease. Be aware that your shoulders should never move away from the socket or the tennis racquet during your swing. If this happens, it could be very difficult to capture the ball.
As you approach the ball, ensure to move your arm to your side, not your backside. Rotating your arm to the side could decrease your power and ability to generate power. You need to have a strong grip to control your arm’s rotation. A weak grip could result in injury. It could cause you to miss the ball or cause you to overextend your arms. This can result in injuries.
Another crucial aspect of the correct grip is the angle you stand at. Tennis beginners are typically right-handed and wear their right hand draped across their body. The left arm of beginners is often carried over their body. Most coaches recommend that you hold the club with the neutral grip or like a baseball position. 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 with open stance forehands tend to have problems with their forearms. Open stance forehand players tend to have problems with their grip. A great way to solve this problem is to hold the racket using a neutral grip. Closed grips are ideal for players with an open forehand. This can be achieved by placing the racket in front of your skull, keeping your knees bent and your elbows locked.
Tennis players who have a hand that is not dominant should swing the racket over their head and over their shoulders. If you’re a left handed player the racket should be facing your crotch. If you’re a left-handed player, it should face towards your waist. This will help prevent either the head-over-head swing or the swing under the shoulder from occurring. Keep your wrists straight when you swing. Also, ensure that you don’t allow any side of your body too much space.