Tennis is a very popular sport. Anyone can play tennis, from beginners to professionals. Tennis players can be grouped into two broad categories based on their ability to hit the ball more and higher than a forehand or a backhand. Most times, tennis players struggle when they hit forehands due to the fact that they don’t know how to properly engage the proper muscles for their forehands and in what order to hit strong forehands. In the same way, tennis players struggle with backhands because they aren’t aware about the proper way to set themselves up to hit a perfect backhand on the court. Therefore, these two important areas of the game need to be addressed by those who wish to be successful in the game.
A successful tennis swing is dependent on your grip. Many beginners make the mistake of gripping the racket too tightly or loosely and end up not hitting the ball, making improper contact, or even having the racket fall off when they swing at the ball. The best way to strike the ball correctly is to hold the racket in the correct position.
Another thing to keep in mind is that your forehand’s path should be straight. When you reach the top end of your follow-through, your forehand’s swing path should be curved towards your top. This is known as cut shots or high arc. A low arc or hook would start out with an easier wrist hinge and wrist extension. These factors will influence the type of shots that you should be learning. For instance, if you are practicing a technique known as the bank shot your forehand swing path will naturally turn toward the top as you get closer to the ball.
Be sure to keep your shoulders squared with the ball. This will ensure that your shoulders remain in constant contact with the ball, allowing your arms to swing with ease. Keep in mind that the shoulders should never be removed from the socket or racquet when you swing. If this happens, it could be very difficult to capture the ball.
When you get close to the ball, make sure to move your arm to your side, not your backside. Rotating your arms to your side can actually decrease your power and ability to generate power. You must have a strong grip to control your arm’s movement. A weak grip can result in injury. It can cause you not to hit 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. Most tennis beginners are right handed and carry their right arm across their bodies. For those who are just beginning, their left arm is usually carried across their body. Most coaches suggest holding the club with a neutral grip or in a manner similar to a baseball position. A neutral grip will prevent you from hitting with an arm that is not dominant.
Forehand tennis players who have an open stance are more likely to have issues with their forearms. If a player has an open stance forehand they tend to over-turn their wrists, and they do not have a good grip. A great way to solve this problem is to hold 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 accomplished by placing the racket over your head while your knees are bent and your elbows are locked.
Tennis players with a non-dominant hand should swing the racket over their head and over their shoulder. If you’re a right handed player the racket should be facing your crotch. If you’re a lefthanded player, it should face towards your waist. This will stop the over-the head swing and the under-the-shoulder swing from occurring. When you swing keep your wrists straight and down your hips to ensure that you don’t give either side of your body a chance to swing.