Tennis is one of the most loved sports in the world. It is a sport everyone can play, from beginners to pros. Tennis players can be grouped into two broad categories based on their ability to hit the ball further and higher than a backhand or forehand. Most often, tennis players have difficulty when they hit forehands due to the fact that they do not know how to engage the correct muscles for their forehands, and in which order to hit powerful forehands. Likewise, tennis players also struggle with backhands due to the fact that they do not know enough about the proper way to set themselves up to hit a nice backhand down the court. Therefore, these two important areas of the game must to be addressed by those who want to be successful in the sport.
The grip is the most important aspect of the successful tennis swing. Many beginners make the error of gripping the racket to tightly or loosely and end up missing the ball, making improper contact, or having the racket break off when they swing at the ball. Holding the racket the right way will give you the best opportunity to hit the ball accurately every time.
The other thing you need to remember is that your forehand swing path should be straight from the beginning and then curve towards the top of your body as you reach the top of your follow-through. This is known as cut shot or high arc. A hook with a low arc would start out with a more natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These aspects will affect the kind of shots you need to master. For instance, if, for example, you are practicing a technique referred to as the bank shot your forehand’s swing path will naturally move towards the top as you get closer to the ball.
Always keep your shoulders squared with the ball. This will ensure that your shoulders remain in constant contact with the ball which allows your arms to swing with ease. When you swing, your shoulders must not leave the socket of your racquet. It could make it extremely difficult to capture the ball in the event that this happens.
When you get close to the ball, ensure to move your arm to your side, not your backside. Rotating your arm to the side will weaken the ability of your arm to generate power and create a great backswing. In order to get your arm to rotate correctly you need to hold a firm grip on the club. A weak grip could be very dangerous because it can cause you lose the ball or could cause you to extend your arm. This could cause injuries.
The angle of your stance is an important aspect to ensure an effective grip. Most tennis players are right-handed and have their right arm stretched across their bodies. For beginners, their left arm is usually slung across their body. Most coaches recommend that you hold the club in the neutral grip or like a baseball position. Holding the club in a neutral position can aid in preventing an arm that is not dominant during your swing.
Open stance forehand tennis players tend to have issues with their forearms. Forehands with an open stance tend to have problems with their grip. A great way to solve this issue is to hold the racket using a neutral grip. Tennis players who have open stance forehands should try to use a closed grip. This can be achieved by placing the racket in front of your skull, keeping your knees bent, and your elbows locked.
Tennis players who have a non-dominant hand should swing the racket over their head and then over their shoulder. If you’re a right handed player the racket should be facing your crotch. If you’re a lefthanded player, the racket should be pointing towards your waist. This will prevent the over the head swing as well as the under-the-shoulder swing from occurring. When you swing, keep your wrists straight and down your hips to ensure that you don’t allow either side of your body any room to swing.