Tennis is among the most played sports played in the world. Tennis is a sport that anyone can play, from beginners to professional. There are two major types of tennis players. They are classified based on their ability to hit the ball farther than a forehand or backhand. Most times, tennis players struggle with their forehands as they don’t know how to properly engage the correct muscles for their forehands and in the right order to hit powerful forehands. Likewise, tennis players also struggle with backhands because they do not know enough about how to position themselves to hit a perfect backhand on the court. These two areas are vital to the sport and must be addressed.
The grip is the most important element of the successful tennis swing. Many beginners make the mistake of gripping the racket to tightly or too loosely and end up missing the ball or making a poor contact or having the racket break off when they swing at the ball. The best way to hit the ball correctly is to hold the racket in the proper position.
The other important factor to keep in mind is that your forehand’s swing path should begin straight and then curve upwards towards the top of your body as you reach the top of your follow-through. This is referred to as cut shot or high arc. A low arc or hook would start out with an easier wrist hinge and wrist extension. These factors will determine the type of shots you should be practicing. For example, if you are practicing a technique that is known as the bank shot your forehand swing path will naturally move towards the top as you move closer to the ball.
Always keep your shoulders in line with the ball whenever you swing. This will ensure that your shoulders remain in constant contact with the ball which allows your arms to swing freely. While you swing, your shoulders must not leave the racquet’s socket. This can make it extremely difficult to take the ball back in the event that this occurs.
When you get close to the ball, be sure to move your arm to your side, not from your backside. Rotating your arms to your side can actually reduce your power and ability generate power. You need a solid grip to control your arm’s rotation. A weak grip can be dangerous since it can cause you lose the ball or could cause you to extend your arm. This could cause injuries.
The angle of your stance is an important factor in ensuring an effective grip. Most tennis players are right handed and have their right arm slung across their bodies. For beginners the left arm is usually carried over their body. The majority of coaches suggest that you hold the club with an open grip or like a baseball position. A neutral grip will prevent you from hitting with an arm that is not dominant.
Forehand tennis players with open stances are more likely to have issues with their forearms. If players have an open-stance forehand, they tend to over-turn their wrists, and they do not have a good grip. This issue can be resolved by holding the racket with an upright grip. Tennis players with open stance forehand should attempt to use 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 with a dominant hand should move the racket over their heads and over their shoulders. If you’re a right handed player the racket should point towards your crotch. If you’re a left-handed player, the racket should be pointing towards your waist. This will prevent the head-over-head swing or the under-the-shoulder swing from happening. Keep your wrists straight while you swing. Also, ensure you don’t give any part of your body too much room.