Tennis is one of the most played sports in the world. Anyone can play tennis, from beginners to pros. Tennis players can be divided into two broad categories based on their level to hit the ball farther and higher than a forehand or backhand. Most often, tennis players have difficulty with hitting forehands because they don’t know how to properly engage the correct muscles for their forehands, and in what order to hit strong forehands. In the same way, tennis players struggle with backhands because they don’t know enough about how to properly position themselves for a great backhand down the court. These two areas are vital to the sport and must be addressed.
The grip is the most crucial element of the successful tennis swing. Many beginners make the error of holding the racket too loose or tight and then miss the ball and making poor contact or having their racket slip when they swing at the ball. By holding the racket in the correct way will give you the best chance to hit the ball accurately every time.
The other thing you need to be aware of is that your forehand’s swing path should start out straight and then curve toward the top of your body as you approach the top of your follow through. This is called cut shots or high arc. A hook with a low arc will have an inherent wrist hinge as well as wrist extension. These factors will determine what kind of shots you need to be practicing. If you’re practicing the bank shot technique, your forehand swing course will naturally curve towards the top as it gets closer to the ball.
Always keep your shoulders in line with the ball. This helps to keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball while your arms are free to move. When you swing, your shoulders should not leave the racquet’s socket. If this happens, it will be extremely difficult to capture the ball.
When you are 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 generate a good backswing. To allow your arm to rotate correctly it is essential to hold a firm grip on the club. Having a weak grip can be very dangerous because it can cause you miss the ball or it can cause you to overextend your arm. This could result in injuries.
The angle of your stance is another important factor in ensuring a good grip. Tennis beginners are typically right-handed and wear their right hand slung across the body. For those who are just beginning their left arm is usually carried over their body. Most coaches suggest holding the club with a neutral grip, or in a similar way to a baseball position. A neutral grip can stop you from hitting with an arm that isn’t dominant.
Tennis players who have open stance forehands tend to have problems with their forearms. If a player has an open stance forehand they are more likely to turn their wrists, and they do not have a proper grip. One way to address this problem is to hold the racket using an even grip. Tennis players who have open stance forehands should try to use a closed grip. You can achieve this by placing the racket on your skull, keeping your knees bent and your elbows locked.
Tennis players who are non-dominant handed should swing the racket over their head and above their shoulders. If you’re a right 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 help prevent either the swing that is over the head or the under-the-shoulder swing from happening. Keep your wrists straight while you swing. Also, ensure you don’t allow any side of your body too much space.