Tennis is a hugely popular sport. Everyone can play tennis from beginners to professionals. Tennis players can be divided into two broad categories based on their ability level to hit the ball more and higher than a forehand or a backhand. Tennis players often struggle to hit forehands due to a lack of knowledge about how to properly engage their muscles and in what is the best way to hit powerful forehands. Tennis players also struggle with their backhands due to lack of understanding about how to position themselves to hit a good backhand down the court. These two areas are crucial to the game and must be addressed.
The grip is the most critical aspect of an effective tennis swing. Many beginners make the error of holding their racket too tight or loosely and then miss the ball, making poor contact or letting their racket slide when they hit the ball. The best method to hit the ball correctly is to keep the racket in the correct position.
Another thing to keep in mind is that your forehand swing path should be straight. As you approach the top end of your follow-through, your forehand swing path should be curved towards your top. This is referred to as a high arc or cut shot. A hook with a low arc will begin with the more natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These aspects will affect the kind of shots you should be learning. For example, if you are practicing a technique known as the bank shot, your forehand swing path will naturally shift towards the top as you move closer to the ball.
Remember to always swing with your shoulders aligned with the ball. This helps keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball while your arms move freely. Be aware that your shoulders must not be removed from the socket or tennis racquet during your swing. It could make it extremely difficult to catch the ball when this occurs.
When you get close to the ball, ensure to move your arm to your side, not your backside. The arm that is rotated to the side will weaken your ability to generate power and create a great backswing. To allow your arm to move properly, you must be able to grip the club. Having a weak grip can be dangerous since it can cause you miss the ball or it can cause you to overextend your arm. This can result in injuries.
Another crucial aspect of the correct grip is the angle you stand at. Most tennis players are right-handed and have their right arm slung across their body. The left arm of beginners is often carried over their body. Most coaches recommend that you hold the club with an open grip or similar to a baseball position. A neutral grip can stop you from swinging with an arm that is not dominant.
Tennis players that have an open stance forehand tend to have issues with their forearms. When players with an open stance forehand, they tend to twist their wrists and do not have a proper grip. A great solution to this issue is to hold the racket using a neutral grip. Closed grips are ideal for players with an open forehand. You can achieve this by placing the racket on your skull, your knees bent and your elbows locked.
Tennis players who have a non-dominant handed should swing the racket above their head and over their shoulders. The racket should point towards your crotch in case you are a right handed player and the racket should be pointing towards your waist if you’re left handed. This will stop the over-the-head swing or the under-shoulder swing from happening. When you swing, keep your wrists straight and lower your hips so that you don’t give either side of your body a chance to swing.