Tennis is one of the most played sports played in the world. Everyone can play tennis from beginners to pros. There are two primary types of tennis players. They can be classified based on their ability to hit the ball farther than a forehand or backhand. Most times, tennis players struggle with their forehands as 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 struggle with their backhands due lack of knowledge on how to properly position themselves to hit a solid backhand down the court. Therefore, these two important aspects of the game have to be addressed by those who want to be successful in the game.
The grip is the most crucial aspect of a successful tennis swing. Many beginners make the error of holding the racket in a way that is too loose or tight and end up missing the ball, making poor contact or letting their racket slide when they hit the ball. Holding the racket the right way will give you the best opportunity to hit the ball accurately every time.
Another thing to keep in mind is that your forehand’s path should be straight. As you approach the top of your follow-through, your forehand’s path should curve towards your top. This is referred to as a high arc or cut shot. A low arc or hook starts with an easier wrist hinge and wrist extension. These factors will influence the kind 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 move closer to the ball.
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 are free to move. Keep in mind that the shoulders should never leave the socket or your tennis racquet during your swing. It can make it very difficult to take the ball back if this happens.
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 can weaken your ability to generate power and create a great backswing. In order to get your arm to rotate correctly it is essential to hold a firm grip on the club. A weak grip can be dangerous since it can cause you be unable to catch the ball, or it could cause you to extend your arm. This can lead to injuries.
Another key factor in the correct grip is the angle you stand at. Tennis beginners tend to be right-handed and wear their right hand slung across the body. The left arm of newbies is usually slung over their body. Most coaches recommend using an even grip, or in a manner similar to a baseball position. By holding the club in a neutral posture will help prevent you from having an arm that is not dominant during your swing.
Forehand tennis players who have an open stance tend to have issues with their forearms. When players with an open stance forehand they tend to twist their wrists, and they do not have a good grip. A great solution to this issue is to hold the racket using a neutral grip. Closed grips are ideal for tennis players with an open forehand. You can achieve this by placing the racket in front of your skull, your knees bent, and your elbows locked.
Tennis players that have a dominant hand should move the racket over their heads and over their shoulder. The racket should face your crotch if a right handed player and should be facing your waist if a left handed player. This will prevent the over the head swing and the under-the-shoulder swing from occurring. When you swing, keep your wrists straight and down your hips, making sure you don’t allow either side of your body any space to swing.