Tennis is one of the most played sports 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 to hit the ball further and higher than a forehand or backhand. Most times, tennis players struggle with hitting forehands because they don’t know how to use the right muscles for their forehands and in the right order to hit powerful forehands. Tennis players also struggle with their backhands due to insufficient knowledge about how to position themselves to hit a strong backhand down the court. These two areas are crucial to the sport and must be addressed.
A successful tennis swing is contingent on the grip you use. Many new players make the mistake of holding the racket too tightly or loosely and end up not hitting the ball or making an incorrect contact or even having the racket fall off when they swing at the ball. The best way to hit the ball correctly is to keep the racket correctly in the right position.
Another thing to keep in mind is that your forehand’s swing path should be straight. When you reach the top of your follow-through, your forehand’s swing path should curve towards your top. This is called a cut shot or high arc. A low arc or hook starts with a more natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These aspects will determine what kind of shots you should be practicing. For instance, if you are practicing a technique referred to as the bank shot your forehand swing path will naturally turn toward the top as you move closer to the ball.
Always keep your shoulders aligned with the ball. This helps to keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball as your arms move freely. Keep in mind that the shoulders must never move away from the socket or the racquet when you swing. It can make it very difficult to take the ball back if this happens.
When you approach the ball, make sure that your arm is directed towards your side, and not to your backside. Rotating your arm towards your side can reduce your power and ability to generate power. You need a solid grip to control your arm’s rotation. A weak grip can lead to injury. It could cause you to miss the ball, or cause you to overextend your arms. This could result in injuries.
The angle of your stance is also an important aspect to ensure a good grip. Tennis beginners tend to be right-handed and have their left hand draped across their body. The left arm of beginners is often carried over their body. The majority of coaches suggest that you hold the club in an open grip or similar to a baseball posture. A neutral grip will stop you from hitting with an arm that is not dominant.
Tennis players with open stance forehands tend to have problems with their forearms. If a player has an open stance forehand, they tend to over-turn their wrists and do not have a proper grip. This problem can be solved by holding the racket with a neutral grip. Tennis players with open stance forehand must try to hold the racket with a closed grip. This can be done by putting the racket behind your head, while your knees are bent and your elbows are locked.
Tennis players who have a non-dominant hand should hold the racket over their head and over their shoulders. The racket should face your crotch if a right handed player, and it should face your waist if you are left handed. This will stop the head-over-head swing or the under-shoulder swing 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 room to swing.