Tennis is among the most played sports in the world. Everyone can play tennis from beginners to pros. Tennis players can be classified into two broad categories based on their to hit the ball farther and higher than a forehand or a backhand. Most often, tennis players struggle when they hit forehands due to the fact that they do not know how to engage the proper muscles for their forehands or in the right order to hit powerful forehands. In the same way, tennis players struggle with their backhands as they aren’t aware about how to position themselves to hit a great backhand down the court. These two areas are vital to the sport and must be addressed.
A successful tennis swing is contingent on your grip. Many beginners make the error of gripping the racket too tight or loose, and end up either hitting the ball too far, making improper contact, or even having the racket fall off while they are swinging at the ball. The best way to strike the ball correctly is to keep the racket in the proper position.
The other thing you need to keep in mind is that your forehand swing path should start out straight and then curve toward the top of your body as you approach the top of your follow-through. This is known as cut or high arc shot. A low arc or hook would start out with a more natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These factors will determine the kind of shots you need to be practicing. If you’re practicing the bank shot technique, your forehand swing course will naturally curve towards the top as you get closer to the ball.
Always keep your shoulders in line with the ball. This will ensure that your shoulders remain in constant contact with the ball, allowing your arms to move freely. While you swing, your shoulders must not be able to leave the socket of your racquet. If this happens, it will be extremely difficult to take the ball back.
When you approach the ball, ensure that your arm is directed from your side and not your backside. By putting your arm on your side actually weakens the ability of your arm to generate power and produce a strong backswing. To allow your arm to rotate properly it is essential to hold a firm grip on the club. A weak grip can be dangerous since it could cause you to lose the ball or can cause you to overextend your arm. This could lead to injuries.
Another key factor in the correct grip is the angle of your stance. The majority of tennis players are right-handed and have their right arm slung across their body. For beginners the left arm is typically carried across their body. Most coaches advise that you hold the club with the neutral grip or like a baseball position. A neutral grip can stop you from swinging with an arm that is not dominant.
Forehand tennis players who have an open stance are more likely to have issues with their forearms. When players with an open-stance forehand, they tend to over-turn their wrists, and they do not have a good grip. This issue can be fixed by holding the racket in neutral grip. Tennis players who have open stance forehand must try to hold the racket with a closed grip. This can be accomplished by putting the racket behind your head while your knees are bent and your elbows are locked.
Tennis players who have a hand that is not dominant should swing the racket over their heads and over their shoulders. The racket should point towards your crotch if you are left handed and should be facing your waist if you are left handed. This will stop the over-the-head swing or the swing under the shoulder from occurring. Keep your wrists straight when you swing. Also, make sure you don’t give any part of your body too much space.