Tennis is one of the most played sports played in the world. Everyone can play tennis, from beginners to pros. There are two major categories of tennis players. They are classified based on their ability to hit the ball farther than a forehand or backhand. Tennis players often struggle to hit forehands because of a lack of knowledge about how to properly engage their muscles and what order to hit strong forehands. Tennis players also struggle with their backhands due to lack of understanding about how to position themselves to hit a strong backhand down the court. These two areas are essential to the game and must be addressed.
A successful tennis swing is dependent on your grip. Many beginners make the error 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 hit the ball accurately every time.
Another important thing to remember is that your forehand swing path should be straight. As you get closer to the top of your follow-through, your forehand’s path should curve towards your top. This is called cut shots or high arc. A low arc or hook starts with the more natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These aspects will determine what kind of shots you should be practicing. For instance, if you are practicing a technique known as the bank shot, your forehand’s swing path will naturally move towards the top as you move closer to the ball.
Always keep your shoulders in line with the ball whenever you swing. This helps keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball as your arms are free to move. When you swing, your shoulders should not leave the racquet’s socket. It can make it very difficult to take the ball back when this happens.
When you approach the ball, ensure that your arm is directed towards your side, and not towards your backside. Moving your arm to the side could decrease your power and ability to generate power. You need to have a strong grip to control your arm’s rotation. A weak grip could lead to injuries. It can cause you not to hit the ball or cause you overextend your arms. This could result in injuries.
Another important aspect in the proper grip is the angle of your stance. The majority of tennis players are right-handed and have their right hand slung across the body. For beginners, their left arm is typically carried over their body. Most coaches recommend that you hold the club in the neutral grip or similar to a baseball posture. Holding the club in a neutral posture will aid in preventing a non-dominant arm when you swing.
Forehand tennis players with open stances are more likely to have problems with their forearms. If players have an open-stance forehand, they tend to over-turn their wrists and do not have a proper grip. This issue can be fixed by using a neutral grip. Closed grips are ideal for players with an open forehand. This can be achieved by placing the racket on your skull, keeping 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 then over their shoulder. If you’re a right-handed player, the racket should face your crotch. If you’re a left-handed player, it should face towards your waist. This will prevent the over the head swing and the under-the shoulder swing from occurring. Keep your wrists straight while you swing. Also, ensure that you don’t give any part of your body too much room.