Tennis is one of the most popular sports played in the world. Tennis is a game that anyone can play from beginners to professional. Tennis players can be grouped into two broad categories based on their ability to hit the ball further and higher than a forehand or backhand. Most often, tennis players struggle with hitting forehands because they aren’t aware of how to engage the correct muscles for their forehands or in the right order to hit powerful forehands. Also, tennis players struggle with backhands due to the fact that they do not know enough about how to set themselves up to hit a nice backhand down the court. These two areas are essential to the game and must be addressed.
The grip is the most critical aspect of a successful tennis swing. Many beginners make the mistake of holding the racket too tightly or too loosely and end up not hitting the ball, 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 keep the racket in the proper position.
The other thing you need to remember is that your forehand’s swing path should begin straight and then curve upwards towards the top of your body as you reach the top of your follow-through. This is known as cut or high arc shot. A hook with a low angle will have a natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These aspects will affect the type of shots that you must be learning. For example, if you are practicing a technique that is known as the bank shot your forehand swing will naturally turn toward the top as you move closer to the ball.
Always keep your shoulders squared with the ball. This will ensure that your shoulders remain in constant contact with the ball and allow your arms to swing freely. When you move your arms, your shoulders should not be able to leave the racquet’s socket. If this happens, it can be extremely difficult to capture the ball.
When approaching the ball, ensure that your arm is directed towards your side, and not to your backside. Rotating your arm to your side can actually reduce your power and your ability generate power. You need a solid grip to control your arm’s movement. A weak grip can lead to injuries. It can cause you not to hit the ball, or cause you to overextend your arms. This could cause injuries.
The angle of your stance is also an important aspect to ensure a good grip. 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 an even grip, or in a similar way to a baseball posture. A neutral grip will prevent you from hitting with an arm that isn’t dominant.
Open stance forehand tennis players are more likely to have problems with their forearms. If players have an open stance forehand they tend to twist their wrists, and they do not have a proper grip. This issue can be resolved by holding the racket with neutral grip. Tennis players with an open stance forehand should attempt to have a closed grip. This can be accomplished by placing the racket on your head while your knees are bent and your elbows are locked.
Tennis players who are non-dominant handed should swing the racket in front of their head and over their shoulders. If you’re a right handed player, the racket should face your crotch. If you’re a left-handed player, the racket should be pointing towards your waist. This will prevent the over-the head swing and the under-the-shoulder swing from happening. When you swing keep your wrists straight and down your hips, making sure you do not give either side of your body any space to swing.