Tennis is among the most loved sports played in the world. It is a sport anyone can play from beginners to professional. There are two major categories of tennis players. They are classified based on their ability to hit the ball further than a forehand or backhand. Most often, tennis players struggle when they hit forehands due to the fact that they don’t know how to properly use the right muscles for their forehands, and in which order to hit powerful forehands. Likewise, tennis players also struggle with their backhands as they don’t know enough about the proper way to set themselves up to hit a nice backhand down the court. This is why these two essential areas of the game need to be addressed by those who wish to be a pro at the sport.
A successful tennis swing is dependent on the grip you use. Many beginners make the error of holding the racket too tightly or too loosely, and end up either missing the ball, making improper contact, or having the racket fall off when they are swinging at the ball. The best way to hit the ball correctly is to hold the racket in the proper position.
Another thing to keep in mind is that your forehand’s path should be straight. As you approach the top end of your follow-through, your forehand’s path should be curved towards your top. This is known as cut or high arc shot. A low arc or hook starts with an easier wrist hinge and wrist extension. These factors will determine what kind of shots you should be practicing. If you’re practicing the bank shot technique your forehand’s swing path will naturally curve toward the top as you get closer to the ball.
Always keep your shoulders squared with the ball. This will ensure that your shoulders remain in constant contact with the ball and allow your arms to swing freely. When you swing, your shoulders must not be able to leave the racquet’s socket. If this happens, it will be extremely difficult to capture the ball.
When you get close to the ball, be sure to rotate your arm from your side, not from your backside. Rotating your arm to your side can actually decrease your power and ability generate power. You need a solid grip to control your arm’s movement. A weak grip can be dangerous since it can cause you to miss the ball or it can cause you to overextend your arm. This can lead to injuries.
Another key factor in the proper grip is the angle of your stance. Tennis beginners tend to be right-handed and wear their right hand draped across their body. For those who are just beginning their left arm is typically carried across their body. Most coaches recommend using an even grip, or in a manner similar to a baseball posture. By holding the club in a neutral position will ensure that you don’t have a non-dominant arm when you swing.
Tennis players who have open stance forehand tend to have issues with their forearms. If a player has an open stance forehand, they tend to over-turn their wrists, and they do not have a good grip. This problem can be solved by holding the racket with an upright grip. Closed grips are the best choice for tennis players with an open forehand. This can be achieved by putting the racket behind your head while your knees are bent and your elbows are locked.
Tennis players that have a non-dominant hand should swing the racket above their head and over their shoulders. The racket should face your crotch if you are left handed, and it should face your waist if you’re a left handed player. This will prevent the head-over-head swing or the under-the-shoulder swing from occurring. When you swing, keep your wrists straight, and keep them down your hips to ensure that you don’t give either side of your body any room to swing.