Tennis is one of the most loved sports in the world. Everyone can play tennis, from beginners to pros. There are two main categories of tennis players. They can be classified based on their ability to hit the ball further than a forehand or backhand. Most times, tennis players struggle with hitting forehands because they aren’t aware of how to properly engage the proper muscles for their forehands and in what order to hit strong forehands. Tennis players also struggle with their backhands because of lack of knowledge on how to position themselves in order to hit a strong 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 sport.
A successful tennis swing is contingent on the grip you use. Many beginners make the mistake of holding the racket too loose or tight and then miss the ball making poor contact, or having their racket slip when they hit the ball. The right way to hold the racket in the right way will provide you with the best chance to strike the ball correctly every time.
The other thing you need to remember is that your forehand 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 known as cut shots or high arc. A low arc or hook starts with a more natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These factors will determine what type of shots you should be practicing. For example, if you are practicing a technique known as the bank shot, your forehand swing will naturally turn toward the top as you get closer to the ball.
Remember to always swing with your shoulders aligned with the ball. This helps to keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball while your arms swing freely. When you swing, your shoulders must not move away from the racquet’s socket. If this happens, it could be extremely difficult to catch the ball.
When you get close to the ball, make sure to move your arm to your side, not your backside. Rotating your arm towards your side can decrease your power and 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 cause injuries. It could cause you to lose the ball, or cause you to overextend your arms. This can lead to injury.
Another important aspect in the correct grip is the angle you stand at. Tennis beginners tend to be right-handed and have their right hand draped across their body. For beginners, their left arm is typically carried over their body. The majority of coaches suggest that you hold the club with a neutral grip or like a baseball position. A neutral grip will prevent you from swinging with an arm that is not dominant.
Forehand tennis players with open stances tend to have issues with their forearms. Forehand players with an open stance are more likely to have issues with their grip. A great way to solve this problem is to hold the racket with an even grip. Tennis players who have open stance forehand should attempt to hold the racket with a closed grip. This can be done by placing the racket over 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 an right-handed player and should be facing your waist if you are a left handed player. This will prevent the over the head swing and the under-the-shoulder swing from happening. When you swing keep your wrists straight and lower your hips, making sure you do not give either side of your body a chance to swing.