Tennis is one of the most loved sports played in the world. Anyone can play tennis, from beginners to pros. Tennis players can be classified into two broad categories based on their skill to hit the ball more and higher than a forehand or a backhand. Tennis players typically struggle to hit forehands due the lack of knowledge on how to effectively engage their muscles and in what is the best way to hit powerful forehands. In the same way, tennis players struggle with backhands due to the fact that they don’t know enough about the proper way to position themselves to hit a nice backhand down the court. These two areas are crucial to the game and must be addressed.
A successful tennis swing is dependent on the grip you use. Many beginners make the error of holding the racket in a way that is too loose or tight and then miss the ball and making poor contact or letting their racket slide when they swing at the ball. The best method to hit the ball correctly is to hold the racket correctly in the right position.
The other thing you need to keep in mind is that your forehand swing path should start out straight and then curve upwards towards the top of your body as you approach the top of your follow-through. This is known as a cut shot or high arc. A hook with a low arc would have an natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These aspects will determine what kind of shots you need to be practicing. For example, if you are practicing a technique referred to as the bank shot, your forehand’s swing path will naturally shift towards the top as you move closer to the ball.
Always keep your shoulders squared with the ball. This helps to keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball as your arms move freely. Be aware that your shoulders must not move away from the socket or the tennis racquet during your swing. If this happens, it will be very difficult to catch the ball.
As you approach the ball, ensure to move your arm to your side, not from your backside. Rotating your arms towards your side can reduce your power and your ability generate power. You need to have a strong grip to control your arm’s movement. A weak grip can lead to injuries. It could cause you to lose the ball, or cause you to overextend your arms. This could lead to injury.
The angle of your stance is also an important factor in ensuring the grip you have. Tennis beginners tend to be right-handed and have their right hand draped across their body. The left arm of beginners is often slung across their body. Most coaches recommend that you hold the club with the neutral grip or similar to a baseball posture. Holding the club in a neutral position will aid in preventing a non-dominant arm when you swing.
Tennis players with open stance forehands tend to have problems with their forearms. Forehand players with an open stance are more likely to have problems with their grip. A great way to solve this problem is to hold the racket with an even grip. Tennis players with open stance forehand must try to have a closed grip. You can achieve this by placing the racket on your skull, your knees bent and your elbows locked.
Tennis players who have a non-dominant handed should swing the racket over their head and above their shoulders. The racket should face your crotch in case you are an right-handed player, and it should face your waist if you are a left handed player. 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, making sure you do not give either side of your body any room to swing.