Tennis is one of the most loved sports played in the world. Everyone can play tennis, from beginners to the pros. Tennis players can be grouped into two broad categories based on their skill level to hit the ball more and higher than a backhand or forehand. Tennis players often struggle to hit forehands because of a lack of knowledge about how to effectively engage their muscles in order to hit strong forehands. Tennis players also have trouble with their backhands due insufficient knowledge about how to position themselves in order to hit a good backhand down the court. These two areas are vital to the game and must be addressed.
The grip is the most critical element of a successful tennis swing. Many beginners make the mistake of gripping the racket to tightly or too loosely, and end up either hitting the ball too far, making improper contact, or having the racket break off when they are swinging at the ball. The best way to strike the ball correctly is to hold the racket in the proper position.
Another thing to keep in mind is that your forehand swing path should be straight. As you get closer to the top end of your follow-through, your forehand’s swing path should curve towards your top. This is called cut shot or high arc. A hook with a low arc will begin with an easier 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 that is known as the bank shot your forehand’s swing path will naturally shift towards the top as you move closer to the ball.
Keep your shoulders in line with the ball whenever you swing. This will ensure that your shoulders are always in contact with the ball, allowing your arms to swing freely. Be aware that your shoulders must never leave the socket or your tennis racquet during your swing. It can make it very difficult to take the ball back if this happens.
When approaching the ball, make sure that your arm is pointing towards your side, and not to your backside. Rotating your arm towards your side can decrease your power and ability generate power. You need a solid grip to control your arm’s rotation. A weak grip can be very dangerous because it could cause you to miss the ball or it could cause you to overextend your arm. This can lead to injury.
Another key factor in the correct grip is the angle you stand at. Tennis beginners tend to be right-handed and have their left hand slung across the body. The left arm of beginner players 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 hitting with an arm that isn’t dominant.
Tennis players that have an open stance forehand tend to have problems with their forearms. Forehand players with an open stance are more likely to have issues with their grip. This issue can be fixed by using neutral grip. Closed grips are ideal for players with an open forehand. This can be achieved by placing the racket in front of your skull, your knees bent, and your elbows locked.
Tennis players who are non-dominant handed should swing the racket above their head and above their shoulders. If you’re a right-handed player the racket should point towards your crotch. If you’re a left-handed 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 lower your hips so that you do not give either side of your body a chance to swing.