Tennis is among the most played sports played in the world. Tennis is a game that everyone can play, from beginners to professionals. Tennis players can be grouped into two broad categories based on their skill to hit the ball further and higher than a backhand or forehand. Most times, tennis players struggle with hitting forehands because they do not know how to properly engage the correct muscles for their forehands, and in which order to hit powerful forehands. Tennis players also struggle with their backhands because of lack of knowledge on how to position themselves in order to hit a strong backhand down the court. This is why these two essential aspects of the game have to be addressed by those who wish to excel at the sport.
A successful tennis swing depends on the grip you use. Many beginners make the error of holding their racket too loose or tight and then miss the ball, making poor contact or letting their racket slide when they swing at the ball. By holding the racket in the correct way will give you the best opportunity to strike the ball correctly every time.
Another important thing to remember is that your forehand’s path should be straight. As you approach the top of your follow-through, your forehand’s path should be curved towards your top. This is known as cut or high arc shot. A hook with a low arc will begin with a more natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These aspects will determine what type of shots you should be practicing. For instance, if you are practicing a technique that is known as the bank shot, your forehand swing will naturally shift towards the top as you get closer to the ball.
Always keep your shoulders in line with the ball. This will ensure that your shoulders are in constant contact with the ball, allowing your arms to move freely. When you move your arms, your shoulders should not move away from the racquet’s socket. If this happens, it can be very difficult to capture the ball.
When approaching the ball, ensure that your arm is directed from your side and not towards your backside. Moving your arm towards your side can reduce your power and ability generate power. You need to have a strong grip to control your arm’s rotation. A weak grip could be dangerous since it can cause you to be unable to catch the ball, or it could cause you to extend your arm. This could result in injuries.
Another important aspect in the proper grip is the angle you stand at. The majority of tennis players are right-handed and carry their right arm across their body. For beginners the left arm is usually carried over their body. Most coaches recommend using a neutral grip or a style similar to a baseball grip. By holding the club in a neutral position will ensure that you don’t have an arm that is not dominant during your swing.
Tennis players that have an open stance forehands tend to have issues with their forearms. Forehands with an open stance tend to have issues with their grip. This issue can be resolved by holding the racket in an upright grip. Tennis players who have open stance forehands should try to use a closed grip. You can achieve this by placing the racket behind your skull, with your knees bent, and keeping your elbows locked.
Tennis players who are non-dominant hand should move the racket in front of their head and above their shoulders. The racket should be facing your crotch if you are an right-handed player and should be facing your waist if left-handed. This will stop the over-the-head swing or the under-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.