Tennis is among the most popular 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 ability level 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 aren’t aware of how to properly engage the correct muscles for their forehands or in what order to hit strong forehands. Tennis players also struggle with their backhands due insufficient knowledge about how to position themselves to hit a strong backhand down the court. These two areas are crucial to the game and need to be addressed.
The grip is the most crucial aspect of a successful tennis swing. Many beginners make the error of holding the racket too tight or loosely and then miss the ball, making poor contact or having their racket slip when they swing at the ball. Holding the racket the right way will give you the best opportunity to hit the ball accurately every time.
The other important factor to be aware of is that your forehand swing should begin straight and then curve toward the top of your body as you approach the top of your follow through. This is known as cut or high arc shot. A hook with a low angle will have a natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These factors will influence the type of shots you need to master. For instance, if you are practicing a technique known as the bank shot your forehand’s swing path will naturally move towards the top as you get closer to the ball.
Keep your shoulders in line with the ball as you swing. This will keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball as your arms are free to move. While you move your arms, your shoulders should not be able to leave the socket of your racquet. If this happens, it can be very difficult to catch the ball.
When you get close to the ball, ensure to move your arm to your side, not from your backside. Rotating your arm on your side actually weakens the ability of your arm to generate power and create a great backswing. To get your arm to move properly it is essential to hold a firm grip on the club. A weak grip could lead to injury. It can cause you miss the ball, or cause you to overextend your arms. This can lead to injuries.
The angle of your stance is an important factor in ensuring an effective grip. The majority of tennis players are right-handed and have their right hand spread across their body. The left arm of beginners is often carried over their body. The majority of coaches advise holding the club with an even grip, or in a similar way to a baseball position. A neutral grip will stop you from hitting with an arm that isn’t dominant.
Forehand tennis players who have an open stance are more likely to have issues with their forearms. When players with an open stance forehand, they tend to over-turn their wrists and not have a good grip. One way to address this problem is to hold the racket using a neutral grip. Closed grips are best for tennis players who have an open forehand. This can be done by placing the racket on your head, while your knees are bent and your elbows are locked.
Tennis players who are non-dominant hand should move the racket above their head and over their shoulders. If you’re a left handed player the racket should be facing your crotch. If you’re a lefthanded player, it should face towards your waist. This will prevent the over-the head swing and the under-the shoulder swing from happening. When you swing keep your wrists straight and lower your hips so that you don’t allow either side of your body a chance to swing.