Tennis is a very popular sport. It is a sport everyone can play, from beginners to pros. Tennis players can be classified into two broad categories based on their skill to hit the ball farther and higher than a forehand or a backhand. Most often, tennis players struggle with hitting forehands because they do not know how to properly use the right muscles for their forehands, and in what order to hit strong forehands. Tennis players also have trouble with their backhands due 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 need to be addressed.
A successful tennis swing is contingent on your grip. Many new players make the mistake of holding the racket too loose or tight and end up missing the ball making poor contact, or having their racket slip when they swing at the ball. By holding the racket in the correct way will give you the best chance to strike the ball correctly every time.
Another thing to keep in mind is that your forehand’s swing path should be straight. As you get closer to the top end of your follow-through, your forehand’s swing path should be curved towards your top. This is known as a high arc or cut shot. A low arc or hook starts with a more natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These aspects will affect the type of shots you must be learning. If you are working on the bank shot technique the forehand swing is likely to curve towards the top as it gets closer to the ball.
Always keep your shoulders in line with the ball as you swing. This will keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball while your arms are free to move. When you swing, your shoulders must not leave the racquet’s socket. If this happens, it will be extremely difficult to capture the ball.
When you approach the ball, make sure that your arm is pointed towards your side, and not towards your backside. Rotating your arm to your side can actually reduce your power and your ability to generate power. To allow your arm to rotate correctly you need to have a strong grip on the club. A weak grip could lead to injuries. It could cause you to not to hit the ball or cause you to overextend your arms. This can result in injury.
The angle of your stance is another important factor in ensuring the grip you have. Tennis beginners tend to be right-handed and wear their right hand spread across their body. For beginners the left arm is typically carried over their body. Most coaches suggest holding the club with an even grip, or in a manner similar to a baseball position. By holding the club in a neutral posture will help prevent you from having an arm that is not dominant during your swing.
Forehand tennis players with open stances tend to have problems with their forearms. When players with an open stance forehand they are more likely to turn their wrists and do not have a proper grip. This issue can be fixed by using a neutral grip. Closed grips are the best choice for tennis players with an open forehand. This can be achieved by placing the racket in front of your skull, your knees bent and your elbows locked.
Tennis players who are non-dominant handed should swing the racket above their head and above their shoulders. The racket should be facing your crotch if an right-handed player and should be facing your waist if left-handed. This will prevent the swing that is over the head or the swing under the shoulder from happening. Keep your wrists straight while you swing. Also, ensure that you don’t give any side of your body too much room.