Tennis is a hugely popular sport. Anyone can play tennis, from beginners to professionals. Tennis players can be divided into two broad categories based on their skill to hit the ball farther and higher than a forehand or backhand. Tennis players are often unable to hit forehands due the lack of knowledge on how to properly engage their muscles and in what is the best way to hit powerful forehands. Also, tennis players struggle with backhands because they do not know enough about the proper way to position themselves to hit a great backhand down the court. So, these two crucial areas of the game need to be addressed by those who wish to be successful in the game.
The grip is the most critical aspect of an effective tennis swing. Many beginners make the error of gripping the racket to tightly or too loosely, and end up either missing the ball or making an incorrect contact or having the racket break off when they are swinging at the ball. By holding the racket in the correct way will give you the best opportunity to hit the ball accurately every time.
Another important thing to keep in mind is that your forehand’s swing path should begin straight and then curve towards the top of your body as you reach the top of your follow through. This is referred to as a high arc or cut shot. A low arc or hook will begin with a more natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These aspects will affect the kind of shots you must be learning. If you are practicing the bank shot technique your forehand’s swing is likely to curve towards the top as it gets closer to the ball.
Always keep your shoulders aligned with the ball. This helps keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball as your arms swing freely. Be aware that your shoulders must not move away from the socket or the tennis racquet during your swing. If this happens, it can be very difficult to catch the ball.
When you are approaching the ball, be sure to move your arm to your side, not your backside. The arm that is rotated on your side actually weakens your ability to generate power and create a great backswing. You need a solid grip to control the rotation of your arm. A weak grip could lead to injury. It could cause you to lose the ball, or cause you to overextend your arms. This could lead to injury.
The angle of your stance is an crucial factor to ensure the grip you have. Tennis beginners are typically right-handed and have their right hand slung across the body. For those who are just beginning their left arm is usually carried across their body. Most coaches recommend that you hold the club with the neutral grip or similar to a baseball posture. Holding the club in a neutral posture will ensure that you don’t have an arm that is not dominant when you swing.
Tennis players that have an open stance forehand tend to have problems with their forearms. Open stance forehand players tend to have problems with their grip. This issue can be fixed by using neutral grip. Closed grips are ideal for tennis players who have an open forehand. This can be accomplished by placing the racket over your head, while your knees are bent and your elbows are locked.
Tennis players with a hand that is not dominant should swing the racket above their head and then over their shoulder. The racket should face your crotch if a right handed player and should be facing your waist if you are left handed. This will prevent the over-the head swing as well as the under-the-shoulder swing from occurring. Keep your wrists straight when you swing. Also, ensure you don’t give any side of your body too much space.