Tennis is a hugely popular sport. Everyone can play tennis from beginners to professionals. Tennis players can be classified into two broad categories based on their skill level to hit the ball farther and higher than a backhand or forehand. Most often, tennis players struggle with their forehands as they don’t know how to engage the correct muscles for their forehands, and in which order to hit powerful forehands. Tennis players also have trouble with their backhands due lack of knowledge on how to properly position themselves to hit a good backhand down the court. Therefore, these two important areas of the game must to be addressed by those who wish to be successful in the game.
A successful tennis swing is contingent on the grip you use. Many beginners make the mistake of holding the racket too tightly or loosely and end up hitting the ball too far, making improper contact, or even having the racket fall off when they are swinging at the ball. The best way to hit the ball correctly is to hold the racket in the correct position.
The other important factor to keep in mind 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 cut shots or high arc. A hook with a low arc would have an inherent wrist hinge as well as wrist extension. These factors can affect the kind of shots you need to master. If you are practicing the bank shot technique, your forehand swing course will naturally curve towards the top as it gets closer to the ball.
Remember to always swing with your shoulders aligned with the ball. This will ensure that your shoulders remain in constant contact with your ball and allow your arms to swing freely. When you swing, your shoulders must not be able to leave the socket of your racquet. It could make it extremely difficult to capture the ball in the event that this happens.
As you approach the ball, ensure to move your arm to your side, not from your backside. Rotating your arm on your side can weaken your ability to generate power and create a great backswing. You must have a strong grip to control your arm’s rotation. A weak grip could lead to injury. It could cause you to not to hit the ball or cause you to overextend your arms. This could cause injury.
Another important aspect in the correct grip is the angle you stand at. Most tennis players are right-handed and have their right arm slung across their bodies. For those who are just beginning their left arm is usually slung over their body. Most coaches suggest holding the club with a neutral grip or in a manner similar to a baseball grip. A neutral grip will stop you from swinging with an arm that isn’t dominant.
Open stance forehand tennis players are more likely to have problems with their forearms. When players with an open-stance forehand, they tend to over-turn their wrists and do not have a proper grip. One way to address this issue is to hold the racket using a neutral grip. Closed grips are ideal for players with an open forehand. This can be accomplished by placing the racket on your head, while your knees are bent and your elbows are locked.
Tennis players who have a non-dominant handed should swing the racket in front of their head and over their shoulders. The racket should face your crotch if an right-handed player and the racket should be pointing towards your waist if you are left handed. This will prevent the over the head swing and the under-the shoulder swing from occurring. Keep your wrists straight when you swing. Also, make sure you don’t give any side of your body too much room.