Tennis is a hugely popular sport. It is a sport anyone can play, from beginners to pros. There are two primary categories of tennis players. They are classified based on their ability to hit the ball more than a backhand or forehand. Tennis players are often unable to hit forehands due to the lack of knowledge on how to effectively engage their muscles and in what order to hit strong forehands. Tennis players also struggle with their backhands because of lack of understanding about how to properly position themselves to hit a good backhand down the court. These two areas are vital to the game and must be addressed.
A successful tennis swing is dependent on the grip you use. Many beginners make the error of holding the racket too loose or tight and end up missing the ball, making poor contact or letting their racket slide when they swing at the ball. The right way to hold the racket in the right way will give you the best chance to strike the ball correctly every time.
Another thing to keep in mind is that your forehand swing path should be straight. As you approach the top of your follow-through, your forehand swing path should be curved towards your top. This is called cut shot or high arc. A low arc or hook would start out with the more natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These aspects will determine what type of shots you should be practicing. If you’re practicing the bank shot technique the forehand swing path will naturally curve toward the top as it gets closer to the ball.
Keep your shoulders in line with the ball whenever you swing. This will ensure that your shoulders are in constant contact with the ball which allows your arms to swing freely. When you swing, your shoulders must not move away from the racquet’s socket. It can make it very difficult to take the ball back when this happens.
When you get close to the ball, ensure to rotate your arm from your side, not from your backside. Rotating your arm on your side can weaken the ability of your arm to generate power and create a great backswing. You need to have a strong grip to control your arm’s rotation. Having a weak grip can be very dangerous because it can cause you to be unable to catch the ball, or it could cause you to extend your arm. This can lead to injury.
Another important aspect in the proper grip is the angle of your stance. Most tennis players are right-handed and carry their right arm across their body. For those who are just beginning the left arm is usually carried over their body. Most coaches recommend that you hold the club with an open grip or similar to a baseball posture. Holding the club in a neutral position can help prevent you from having a non-dominant arm when you swing.
Tennis players that have an open stance forehand are more likely to have issues with their forearms. Forehand players with an open stance are more likely to have issues with their grip. A great solution to this issue is to hold the racket with an even grip. Tennis players with open stance forehand must try to have a closed grip. You can achieve this by placing the racket in front of your skull, with your knees bent, and your elbows locked.
Tennis players that have a hand that is not dominant should swing the racket over their head and over their shoulder. If you’re a right-handed player the racket should be facing your crotch. If you’re a left-handed player, it should face towards your waist. This will help prevent either the over-the-head swing or the under-shoulder swing from happening. When you swing keep your wrists straight and lower your hips, making sure you do not give either side of your body any space to swing.