Tennis is among the most loved sports played in the world. Tennis is a sport that anyone can play from beginners to pros. Tennis players can be classified into two broad categories based on their skill level to hit the ball further and higher than a forehand or backhand. Most often, tennis players struggle with hitting forehands because they don’t know how to use the right muscles for their forehands and in the right order to hit powerful forehands. In the same way, tennis players struggle with their backhands as they do not know enough about how to set themselves up to hit a perfect backhand on the court. These two areas are vital to the game and must be addressed.
A successful tennis swing depends on the grip you use. Many new players make the mistake of gripping the racket too tightly or loosely, and end up either not hitting the ball or making an incorrect contact or having the racket fall off when they are swinging at the ball. The right way to hold the racket in the right way will provide you with the best chance to strike the ball correctly every time.
Another important thing to remember is that your forehand swing path should be straight. When you reach the top end of your follow-through, your forehand swing path should be curved towards your top. This is called cut shot or high arc. A hook with a low arc would have a natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These aspects will affect the kind of shots you should be learning. For instance, if you are practicing a technique that is known as the bank shot, your forehand’s swing path will naturally move towards the top as you get closer to the ball.
Always keep your shoulders in line with the ball whenever you swing. This will ensure that your shoulders remain in constant contact with the ball which allows your arms to swing with ease. While you swing, your shoulders should not be able to leave the racquet’s socket. If this happens, it can be extremely difficult to capture the ball.
As you approach the ball, ensure to move your arm to your side, not from your backside. Rotating your arm towards your side can decrease your power and ability to generate power. To get your arm to move properly you need to be able to grip the club. A weak grip could lead to injury. It could cause you to lose the ball or cause you overextend your arms. This could result in injury.
The angle of your stance is also an crucial factor to ensure a good grip. Tennis beginners tend to be right-handed and have their right hand spread across their body. The left arm of newbies is often carried over their body. The majority of coaches advise using a neutral grip or a style similar to a baseball grip. By holding the club in a neutral posture will ensure that you don’t have a non-dominant arm when you swing.
Tennis players who have open stance forehand tend to have problems with their forearms. Open stance forehand players tend to have issues with their grip. One way to address this problem is to hold the racket using an even grip. Closed grips are ideal for players with an open forehand. This can be done by putting the racket behind 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 be facing your crotch in case you are an right-handed player and the racket should be pointing towards your waist if left handed. This will prevent the swing that is over the head or the under-the-shoulder swing from happening. Keep your wrists straight when you swing. Also, make sure you don’t give any part of your body too much space.