Tennis is one of the most played 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 skill level to hit the ball farther and higher than a forehand or a backhand. Tennis players often struggle to hit forehands due to a lack of knowledge about how to effectively engage their muscles and in what to do to hit forehands that are strong. Tennis players also have trouble with their backhands due lack of understanding about how to properly position themselves to hit a strong backhand down the court. These two areas are vital to the sport and must be addressed.
A successful tennis swing is contingent on the grip you use. Many beginners make the mistake of holding the racket too tight or loosely and end up missing the ball making poor contact, or letting their racket slide when they hit the ball. By holding the racket in the correct way will give you the best chance to hit the ball accurately every time.
Another important thing to be aware of is that your forehand swing path should be straight from the beginning and then curve towards the top of your body as you reach the top of your follow through. This is referred to as a high arc or cut shot. A hook with a low arc will have an inherent wrist hinge as well as wrist extension. These factors will determine the kind of shots you need to be practicing. If you are practicing the bank shot technique your forehand’s swing is likely to curve towards the top as it gets 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 your ball and allow your arms to move freely. When you swing, your shoulders should not move away from the racquet’s socket. If this happens, it will be extremely difficult to take the ball back.
When approaching the ball, ensure that your arm is pointing towards your side, and not towards your backside. Moving your arm towards your side can decrease your power and ability to generate power. You must have a strong grip to control the rotation of your arm. Having a weak grip can be very dangerous because it could cause you to lose the ball or can cause you to overextend your arm. This can lead to injury.
Another key factor in the correct grip is the angle of your stance. Tennis beginners are typically right-handed and have their right hand spread across their body. For beginners their left arm is typically carried across their body. Most coaches advise that you hold the club with an open grip or like a baseball position. Holding the club in a neutral posture will help prevent you from having an arm that is not dominant during your swing.
Forehand tennis players with open stances are more likely to have issues with their forearms. Forehands with an open stance tend to have problems with their grip. One way to address this problem is to hold the racket with a neutral grip. Tennis players with an open stance forehands should try to use a closed grip. This can be accomplished by placing the racket over your head while your knees are bent and your elbows are locked.
Tennis players who have a non-dominant hand should swing the racket over their head and over their shoulders. The racket should face your crotch if you are a right handed player and should be facing your waist if you’re a left handed player. This will prevent the swing that is over the head or the under-shoulder swing from happening. When you swing, keep your wrists straight and lower your hips, making sure you don’t allow either side of your body a chance to swing.