Tennis is among the most played sports played in the world. Everyone can play tennis from beginners to the pros. There are two main types of tennis players. They can be classified according to their ability to hit the ball farther than a forehand or backhand. Most times, tennis players struggle when they hit forehands due to the fact that they aren’t aware of how to engage the correct muscles for their forehands or in which order to hit powerful forehands. Tennis players also struggle with their backhands due to insufficient knowledge about how to position themselves in order to hit a strong backhand down the court. This is why these two essential areas of the game must to be addressed by those who want to be a pro at the game.
The grip is the most critical aspect of an effective tennis swing. Many beginners make the mistake of gripping the racket to tightly or too loosely, and end up either not hitting the ball, making improper 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 provide you with the best chance to hit the ball in the right way every time.
Another important thing to remember is that your forehand’s swing path should be straight. When you reach the top end of your follow-through, your forehand’s path should be curved towards your top. This is referred to as a high arc or cut shot. A hook with a low arc will have a natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These factors will determine what kind of shots you should be practicing. For instance, if, for example, 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.
Always keep your shoulders in line with the ball whenever you swing. This helps to keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball even as your arms swing freely. While you swing, your shoulders must not leave the racquet’s socket. If this happens, it could be very difficult to take the ball back.
When you approach the ball, ensure that your arm is pointed towards your side, and not towards your backside. Rotating your arm on your side actually weakens your ability to generate energy and produce a strong backswing. You need a solid grip to control your arm’s movement. Having a weak grip can be extremely dangerous as it can cause you to miss the ball or it can cause you to overextend your arm. This could cause injury.
The angle of your stance is another important aspect to ensure an effective grip. Most tennis players are right handed and have their right arm slung across their body. For beginners, their left arm is usually carried over their body. The majority of coaches suggest that you hold the club with a neutral grip or similar to a baseball posture. A neutral grip will prevent you from hitting with an arm that is not dominant.
Forehand tennis players who have an open stance tend to have issues with their forearms. If players have an open-stance forehand, they tend to over-turn their wrists and do not have a proper grip. This problem can be solved by using a neutral grip. Closed grips are the best choice for tennis players who have an open forehand. This can be done 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 hold the racket over their head and above their shoulders. The racket should face your crotch if left handed, and it should face your waist if left-handed. 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 so that you don’t allow either side of your body any space to swing.