Tennis is a very well-known sport. Everyone can play tennis, from beginners to pros. There are two major categories of tennis players. They can be classified based on their ability to hit the ball farther than a forehand or backhand. Tennis players often struggle to hit forehands due the lack of knowledge on how to effectively engage their muscles and what order to hit strong forehands. Likewise, tennis players also struggle with backhands due to the fact that they do not know enough about the proper way to properly position themselves for a nice backhand down the court. These two areas are vital to the game and need to be addressed.
The grip is the most important element of an effective tennis swing. Many new players make the mistake of gripping the racket to tight or loose and end up missing the ball or making a poor contact or even having the racket fall off while 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 important thing to be aware of is that your forehand’s swing path should begin straight and then curve towards the top of your body as you approach the top of your follow through. This is referred to as cut shot or high arc. 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. For example, if you are practicing a technique referred to as the bank shot, your forehand’s swing path will naturally shift towards the top as you get closer to the ball.
Remember to always swing with your shoulders squared with the ball. This will keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball even as your arms move freely. Keep in mind that the shoulders must not move away from the socket or the racquet while you are swinging. It can make it very difficult to catch the ball in the event that this happens.
When you are approaching the ball, ensure to move your arm to your side, not from your backside. Rotating your arm to the side could reduce your power and ability to generate power. In order to get your arm to rotate correctly, you must hold a firm grip on the club. A weak grip could lead to injury. It can cause you miss the ball or cause you overextend your arms. This could cause injuries.
Another key factor in the correct grip is the angle you stand at. Tennis beginners are typically right-handed and have their right hand draped across their body. For beginners their left arm is usually slung over their body. Most coaches recommend holding the club with a neutral grip, or in a manner similar to a baseball posture. A neutral grip will stop you from swinging with an arm that isn’t dominant.
Tennis players who have open stance forehands tend to have issues with their forearms. If players have an open stance forehand, they are more likely to turn their wrists and do not have a good grip. One way to address this issue is to hold the racket using an even grip. Closed grips are the best choice for tennis players who have an open forehand. This can be achieved by placing the racket behind your skull, your knees bent and your elbows locked.
Tennis players that have a hand that is not dominant should swing the racket over their head and over their shoulder. If you’re a right handed player the racket should point towards 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 down your hips so that you do not give either side of your body any room to swing.