Tennis is a hugely popular sport. It is a sport anyone can play from beginners to professional. There are two main categories of tennis players. They are classified based on their ability to hit the ball further than a forehand or backhand. Tennis players often struggle to hit forehands due to a lack of knowledge about how to effectively engage their muscles and what is the best way to hit powerful forehands. Tennis players also have trouble with their backhands due lack of knowledge on how to position themselves to hit a solid backhand down the court. This is why these two essential areas of the game must to be addressed by those who want to excel at the sport.
The grip is the most critical element of the successful tennis swing. Many beginners make the mistake of gripping the racket to tightly or loosely, and end up either hitting the ball too far or making a poor contact or having the racket break off when they swing at the ball. The right way to hold the racket in the right way will give you the best opportunity to strike the ball correctly every time.
The other important factor to keep in mind is that your forehand swing path should begin straight and then curve towards the top of your body when you get to the top of your follow through. This is referred to as a high arc or cut shot. A low arc or hook starts with an easier wrist hinge and wrist extension. These factors will influence the type of shots that you need to master. For instance, if you are practicing a technique known as the bank shot your forehand’s swing path will naturally turn toward the top as you move closer to the ball.
Keep your shoulders in line with the ball when you swing. This helps to keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball while your arms swing freely. While you swing, your shoulders must not move away from the socket of your racquet. If this happens, it could be very difficult to catch the ball.
As you approach the ball, make sure to rotate your arm from your side, not your backside. Rotating your arm to your side can actually decrease your power and ability generate power. You need to have a strong grip to control your arm’s rotation. Having a weak grip can be dangerous since it could cause you to be unable to catch the ball, or it can cause you to overextend your arm. This could lead to injuries.
The angle of your stance is another important factor in ensuring a good grip. The majority of tennis players are right handed and carry their right arm across their bodies. The left arm of beginner players is often carried over their body. Most coaches recommend that you hold the club in an open grip or similar to a baseball position. A neutral grip will stop you from swinging with an arm that is not dominant.
Open stance forehand tennis players 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 proper grip. One way to address this issue is to hold the racket using an even grip. Closed grips are ideal for tennis players with an open forehand. This can be achieved by placing the racket on your skull, with your knees bent and your elbows locked.
Tennis players who are non-dominant hand should hold the racket over their head and over their shoulders. The racket should face your crotch in case you are left handed, and it should face your waist if you are left handed. This will stop the over-the head swing and the under-the-shoulder swing from occurring. Keep your wrists straight while you swing. Also, ensure you don’t give any part of your body too much space.