Tennis is among the most loved sports played 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 farther and higher than a backhand or forehand. Most times, tennis players struggle when they hit forehands due to the fact that they do not know how to properly engage the correct muscles for their forehands or in which order to hit powerful forehands. Tennis players also have trouble with their backhands due insufficient knowledge about how to position themselves to hit a good backhand down the court. These two areas are vital to the sport and must be addressed.
The grip is the most crucial aspect of an effective tennis swing. Many new players make the mistake of holding the racket too tightly or too loosely and end up hitting the ball too far or making an incorrect contact or even having the racket fall off when they are swinging at the ball. The right way to hold the racket in the right way will give you the best chance to strike the ball correctly every time.
The other thing you need to be aware of is that your forehand swing path should start out straight and then curve towards the top of your body as you approach the top of your follow-through. This is called a high arc or cut shot. A hook with a low arc would start out with an easier wrist hinge and wrist extension. These factors can affect the kind of shots you must be learning. For example, if you are practicing a technique known as the bank shot your forehand’s 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 to keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball while your arms swing freely. Keep in mind that the shoulders must not move away from the socket or the tennis racquet during your swing. If this happens, it will be very difficult to capture the ball.
When you approach the ball, ensure that your arm is pointed towards your side, and not towards your backside. The arm that is rotated on your side can weaken your ability to generate energy and create a great backswing. To allow your arm to move properly you need to have a strong 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 injury.
The angle of your stance is another important factor in ensuring an effective grip. 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 a neutral grip or similar to a baseball posture. A neutral grip will stop you from swinging with an arm that isn’t dominant.
Tennis players with open stance forehands tend to have problems with their forearms. Forehand players with an open stance are more likely to have issues with their grip. A great way to solve this problem is to hold the racket with an even grip. Tennis players who have open stance forehand should attempt 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 have a non-dominant hand should hold the racket in front of their head and above their shoulders. The racket should face your crotch if a right handed player, and it should face your waist if you’re left handed. This will help prevent either the swing that is over the head or the under-the-shoulder swing from occurring. Keep your wrists straight when you swing. Also, ensure you don’t give any side of your body too much space.