Tennis is among the most popular sports in the world. It is a sport anyone can play, from beginners to professional. Tennis players can be divided into two broad categories based on their ability level to hit the ball farther and higher than a forehand or backhand. Tennis players typically struggle to hit forehands due inexperience with how to effectively engage their muscles in order to hit strong forehands. Tennis players also have trouble with their backhands due to lack of knowledge on how to position themselves in order 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 dependent on the grip you use. Many beginners make the mistake of holding their racket too loose or tight and end up missing the ball making poor contact, or letting their racket slide when they swing at the ball. Holding the racket the right way will give you the best opportunity to strike the ball correctly every time.
The other thing you need to be aware of is that your forehand’s swing path should start out straight and then curve towards the top of your body when you get to the top of your follow through. This is known as a cut shot or high arc. A low arc or hook will begin with the more natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These factors will determine what type of shots you should be practicing. If you are practicing the bank shot technique the forehand swing course will naturally curve towards the top as it gets closer to the ball.
Always keep your shoulders in line with the ball when you swing. This helps keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball as your arms swing freely. Be aware that your shoulders must not move away from the socket or the racquet when you swing. If this happens, it could be very difficult to catch the ball.
As you approach the ball, be sure to rotate your arm from your side, not your backside. The arm that is rotated on your side actually weakens the ability of your arm to generate power and create a great backswing. You must have a strong grip to control your arm’s rotation. A weak grip could be very dangerous because it could cause you to be unable to catch the ball, or it could cause you to extend your arm. This could result in injuries.
The angle of your stance is another crucial factor to ensure the grip you have. Tennis beginners are typically right-handed and wear their right hand draped across their body. For beginners their left arm is usually slung across their body. Most coaches recommend using a neutral grip or a style similar to a baseball position. The club should be held in a neutral posture will help prevent you from having a non-dominant arm when you swing.
Tennis players who have open stance forehands tend to have problems with their forearms. Forehands with an open stance tend to have issues with their grip. A great way to solve this problem is to hold the racket using a neutral grip. Closed grips are best for players with an open forehand. You can achieve this by placing the racket on your skull, keeping your knees bent and your elbows locked.
Tennis players that have 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 be facing towards your waist. This will stop the over-the head swing as well as the under-the-shoulder swing from occurring. Keep your wrists straight while you swing. Also, ensure that you don’t give any side of your body too much space.