Tennis is one of the most loved sports in the world. Tennis is a game that everyone can play, from beginners to pros. Tennis players can be classified into two broad categories based on their ability level to hit the ball more and higher than a forehand or a backhand. Most often, tennis players have difficulty with hitting forehands because they don’t know how to engage the proper muscles for their forehands and in what order to hit strong forehands. Tennis players also have trouble with their backhands due to insufficient knowledge about how to position themselves in order to hit a strong backhand down the court. These two areas are crucial to the sport and must be addressed.
A successful tennis swing is dependent on your grip. Many beginners make the error of gripping the racket too tight or loose, and end up either not hitting the ball or making an incorrect contact or having the racket break off when they swing at the ball. The best way to strike the ball correctly is to hold the racket correctly in the right position.
Another thing to keep in mind is that your forehand’s path should be straight. When you reach the top end of your follow-through, your forehand’s path should be curved towards your top. This is called a cut shot or high arc. A hook with a low arc would start out with an easier wrist hinge and wrist extension. These aspects will affect the type of shots you must be learning. For instance, if you are practicing a technique known as the bank shot your forehand’s swing path will naturally turn toward the top as you get closer to the ball.
Always keep your shoulders in line with the ball whenever you swing. This will ensure that your shoulders are always in contact with your ball which allows your arms to move freely. While you move your arms, your shoulders should not move away from the racquet’s socket. If this happens, it could be extremely difficult to take the ball back.
When you are approaching the ball, ensure to rotate your arm from your side, not your backside. By putting your arm on your side actually weakens your ability to generate energy and create a great backswing. You need a solid grip to control your arm’s rotation. Having a weak grip can be very dangerous because it can cause you to be unable to catch the ball, or it can cause you to overextend your arm. This can result in injuries.
Another crucial aspect of the correct grip is the angle of your stance. Most tennis players are right handed and have their right arm slung across their body. For those who are just beginning the left arm is typically carried over their body. The majority of coaches suggest that you hold the club in a neutral grip or similar to a baseball posture. A neutral grip will prevent you from hitting with an arm that is not dominant.
Tennis players with open stance forehands tend to have problems with their forearms. If a player has an open stance forehand, they tend to over-turn their wrists and not have a proper grip. A great solution to this issue is to hold the racket using an even grip. Tennis players with open stance forehand should attempt to hold the racket with a closed grip. This can be accomplished by placing the racket over your head while your knees are bent and your elbows are locked.
Tennis players with a non-dominant hand should swing the racket over their heads and then over their shoulder. The racket should point towards your crotch in case you are left handed, and it should face your waist if left-handed. 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 do not give either side of your body any room to swing.