Tennis is one of the most popular sports played in the world. Everyone can play tennis from beginners to the pros. Tennis players can be grouped into two broad categories based on their skill level to hit the ball further and higher than a forehand or a backhand. Tennis players typically struggle to hit forehands due to a lack of knowledge about how to effectively engage their muscles and what order to hit strong forehands. In the same way, tennis players struggle with their backhands as they aren’t aware about the proper way to properly position themselves for a great backhand down the court. These two areas are vital to the game and need to be addressed.
The grip is the most important aspect of an effective tennis swing. Many beginners make the error of holding their racket in a way that is too loose or tight and then miss the ball and making poor contact or having their racket slip when they swing at the ball. Holding the racket the right way will provide you with the best chance to strike the ball correctly every time.
Another thing to keep in mind is that your forehand’s swing path should be straight. As you get closer to the top end of your follow-through, your forehand’s swing path should curve towards your top. This is known as cut shots or high arc. A hook with a low arc would have an natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These factors will determine what kind of shots you need to be practicing. If you’re practicing the bank shot technique the forehand swing course will naturally curve towards the top as it gets closer to the ball.
Keep your shoulders in line with the ball when you swing. This will keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball as your arms are free to move. When you move your arms, your shoulders should not leave the socket of your racquet. It could make it extremely difficult to take the ball back if this occurs.
When you approach the ball, ensure that your arm is pointed towards your side, and not to your backside. Rotating your arms to your side can actually decrease your power and ability to generate power. To allow your arm to move properly it is essential to have a strong grip on the club. A weak grip can be very dangerous because it can cause you miss the ball or it can cause you to overextend your arm. This can result in injuries.
Another key factor in the correct grip is the angle of your stance. The majority of tennis players are right-handed and carry their right arm across their body. For beginners the left arm is usually slung across their body. Most coaches recommend that you hold the club in a neutral grip or like a baseball position. A neutral grip will prevent you from swinging with an arm that isn’t dominant.
Tennis players who have open stance forehands tend to have issues with their forearms. Forehand players with an open stance are more likely to have problems with their grip. This issue can be resolved by using an upright grip. Tennis players who have open stance forehands should try to hold the racket with a closed grip. This can be achieved by placing the racket in front of your skull, with your knees bent and your elbows locked.
Tennis players with 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 face your crotch. If you’re a left-handed player, the racket should be pointing towards your waist. This will prevent the head-over-head swing or the swing under the shoulder from happening. When you swing keep your wrists straight, and keep them down your hips, making sure you do not give either side of your body any space to swing.