Tennis is a very well-known sport. It is a sport anyone can play, from beginners to professional. There are two main categories of tennis players. They can be classified according to their ability to hit the ball more than a forehand or backhand. Most often, tennis players have difficulty with their forehands as they do not know how to properly engage the proper muscles for their forehands, and in which order to hit powerful forehands. Tennis players also struggle with their backhands due to lack of understanding about how to properly position themselves to hit a strong backhand down the court. Therefore, these two important areas of the game need to be addressed by those who want to be successful in the sport.
A successful tennis swing is contingent on the grip you use. Many new players make the mistake of holding their racket 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 strike the ball correctly every time.
Another important thing to keep in mind is that your forehand’s swing path should start out straight and then curve upwards towards the top of your body as you reach the top of your follow through. This is known as cut or high arc shot. A hook with a low arc would have a natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These factors will determine the kind of shots you need to be practicing. For instance, if you are practicing a technique referred to as the bank shot your forehand swing will naturally shift towards the top as you get closer to the ball.
Remember to always swing with your shoulders squared with the ball. This will ensure that your shoulders are always in contact with the ball and allow your arms to swing with ease. When you move your arms, your shoulders should not move away from the socket of your racquet. If this happens, it can be very difficult to capture the ball.
As you approach the ball, ensure to rotate your arm from your side, not from your backside. Rotating your arm to the side could reduce your power and your ability generate power. In order to get your arm to rotate properly you need to hold a firm grip on the club. Having a weak grip can be extremely dangerous as it can cause you be unable to catch the ball, or it can cause you to overextend your arm. This can result in injuries.
The angle of your stance is also an important aspect to ensure an effective grip. Most tennis beginners are right-handed and have their right arm slung across their body. The left arm of newbies is often carried over their body. The majority of coaches advise holding the club with a neutral grip, or in a similar way to a baseball posture. A neutral grip can stop you from swinging with an arm that isn’t dominant.
Tennis players that have an open stance forehand tend 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. A great solution to this issue is to hold the racket using a neutral grip. Tennis players with an open stance forehand should attempt to use a closed grip. This can be done by placing the racket on your head while your knees are bent and your elbows are locked.
Tennis players that have a hand that is not dominant should swing the racket over their heads and over their shoulder. The racket should point towards your crotch if you are left handed, and it should face your waist if left-handed. This will prevent the swing that is over the head or the swing under the shoulder from happening. Keep your wrists straight when you swing. Also, make sure you don’t give any part of your body too much room.