Tennis is one of the most played sports played in the world. Everyone can play tennis from beginners to the pros. Tennis players can be divided into two broad categories based on their level to hit the ball more and higher than a forehand or backhand. Tennis players are often unable to hit forehands due inexperience with how to effectively engage their muscles and in what to do to hit forehands that are strong. In the same way, tennis players struggle with backhands due to the fact that they aren’t aware about how to position themselves to hit a nice backhand down the court. These two areas are vital to the sport and must be addressed.
A successful tennis swing depends on the grip you use. Many beginners make the mistake of holding the racket too loose or tight and end up missing the ball, making poor contact or letting their racket slide when they swing at the ball. The right way to hold the racket in the right way will give you the best chance to strike the ball correctly every time.
Another important thing to be aware of is that your forehand swing path should be straight from the beginning and then curve toward the top of your body when you get to the top of your follow through. This is referred to as cut shots or high arc. A low arc or hook starts with the more natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These aspects will affect the type of shots that you should be learning. For instance, if, for example, you are practicing a technique referred to as the bank shot your forehand’s swing path will naturally move towards the top as you move 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 even as your arms swing freely. Remember that your shoulders should never be removed from the socket or racquet when you swing. If this happens, it can be extremely difficult to take the ball back.
When you approach the ball, ensure that your arm is directed from your side and not to your backside. Moving your arm to your side can actually decrease your power and ability generate power. You must have a strong grip to control the rotation of your arm. A weak grip could be extremely dangerous as it can cause you miss the ball or it could cause you to overextend your arm. This could lead to injuries.
Another key factor in the proper grip is the angle you stand at. Most tennis players are right handed and carry their right arm across their body. For those who are just beginning the left arm is usually slung across their body. Most coaches suggest holding the club with a neutral grip or in a similar way to a baseball grip. A neutral grip will prevent you from hitting with an arm that is not dominant.
Tennis players who have open stance forehands tend to have issues with their forearms. If players have an open-stance forehand, they tend to twist their wrists and not have a good grip. This issue can be fixed by holding the racket with a neutral grip. Closed grips are best for players with an open forehand. You can achieve this by placing the racket on your skull, keeping your knees bent, and your elbows locked.
Tennis players who have a non-dominant handed should swing the racket above their head and above their shoulders. The racket should point towards your crotch if you are left handed and should be facing your waist if left handed. This will prevent 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 room.