Tennis is a very popular sport. Anyone can play tennis, from beginners to the pros. Tennis players can be grouped into two broad categories based on their skill to hit the ball more and higher than a forehand or a backhand. Most times, tennis players struggle with hitting forehands because they aren’t aware of how to engage the proper muscles for their forehands and in what order to hit strong forehands. In the same way, tennis players struggle with their backhands as they do not know enough about the proper way to properly position themselves for a great backhand down the court. These two areas are crucial to the game and need to be addressed.
A successful tennis swing is dependent on your grip. Many new players make the mistake of gripping the racket to tightly or too loosely and end up hitting the ball too far or making an incorrect contact or having the racket break off when they swing at the ball. The best method to hit the ball correctly is to keep the racket correctly in the right position.
Another important thing to remember is that your forehand swing should start out straight and then curve towards the top of your body as you approach the top of your follow-through. This is known as cut or high arc shot. A hook with a low arc will have an natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These aspects will determine what kind of shots you need to be practicing. For instance, if you are practicing a technique known as the bank shot your forehand swing will naturally move towards the top as you move closer to the ball.
Remember to always swing with your shoulders in line with the ball. This will ensure that your shoulders are in constant contact with the ball and allow your arms to move freely. While you swing, your shoulders should not move away from the socket of your racquet. This can make it extremely difficult to catch the ball when this occurs.
When you approach the ball, ensure that your arm is directed from your side and not your backside. Rotating your arms towards your side can decrease your power and ability generate power. You must have a strong 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 could cause you to overextend your arm. This can result in injury.
The angle of your stance is another important aspect to ensure the grip you have. Most tennis players are right-handed and carry their right arm across their bodies. The left arm of beginners is usually slung over their body. Most coaches recommend holding the club with a neutral grip, or in a similar way to a baseball posture. By holding the club in a neutral posture will aid in preventing an arm that is not dominant when you swing.
Open stance forehand tennis players are more likely to have issues with their forearms. Forehands with an open stance tend to have issues with their grip. A great way to solve this problem is to hold the racket using an even grip. Closed grips are the best choice for tennis players who have an open forehand. This can be achieved by placing the racket on your skull, with your knees bent and your elbows locked.
Tennis players that have a dominant hand should move the racket over their heads and over their shoulder. The racket should face your crotch in case you are an right-handed player and should be facing your waist if you are 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 space.