Tennis is one of the most popular sports played in the world. Anyone can play tennis, from beginners to pros. Tennis players can be grouped into two broad categories based on their to hit the ball farther and higher than a forehand or backhand. Tennis players often struggle to hit forehands because of inexperience with how to properly engage their muscles in order to hit strong forehands. Likewise, tennis players also struggle with backhands due to the fact that they don’t know enough about how to properly position themselves for a perfect backhand on the court. These two areas are crucial to the game and need to be addressed.
The grip is the most important aspect of a successful tennis swing. Many new players make the mistake of gripping the racket to tightly or loosely, and end up either not hitting the ball or making a poor contact or even having the racket fall off when they are swinging at the ball. The right way to hold the racket in the right way will give you the best opportunity to hit the ball accurately every time.
Another important thing to remember is that your forehand’s path should be straight. As you get closer to the top of your follow-through, your forehand’s path should curve towards your top. This is referred to as a cut shot or high arc. A hook with a low arc would have a natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These aspects will affect the type of shots you need to master. For instance, if, for example, you are practicing a technique known as the bank shot, your forehand swing path will naturally shift towards the top as you move closer to the ball.
Be sure to keep your shoulders in line with the ball. This helps to keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball even as your arms move freely. Keep in mind that the shoulders must not be removed from the socket or racquet while you are swinging. It could make it extremely difficult to catch the ball if this happens.
When you are approaching the ball, make sure that your arm is pointed towards your side, and not to your backside. Rotating your arm to your side can actually decrease your power and ability to generate power. You need a solid grip to control the rotation of your arm. Having a weak grip can be extremely dangerous as it can cause you to lose the ball or can cause you to overextend your arm. This could result in injury.
Another crucial aspect of the proper grip is the angle of your stance. The majority of tennis players are right-handed and wear their right hand draped across their body. The left arm of beginner players is usually slung over their body. Most coaches recommend using a neutral grip or in a similar way to a baseball posture. A neutral grip can stop you from hitting with an arm that isn’t dominant.
Tennis players that have an open stance forehands tend to have issues with their forearms. If players have an open stance forehand, they tend to over-turn their wrists and not have a proper grip. One way to address this problem is to hold the racket with an even grip. Closed grips are ideal for tennis players who have an open forehand. This can be accomplished by putting the racket behind your head while your knees are bent and your elbows are locked.
Tennis players who have a non-dominant hand should move the racket over their head and above their shoulders. If you’re a right handed player the racket should point towards your crotch. If you’re a left-handed player, it should be facing towards your waist. This will prevent the over the head swing and the under-the shoulder swing from happening. Keep your wrists straight as you swing. Also, make sure you don’t give any part of your body too much room.