Tennis is among the most played sports in the world. It is a sport anyone can play, from beginners to pros. Tennis players can be classified into two broad categories based on their skill level to hit the ball farther and higher than a forehand or a backhand. Most times, tennis players struggle with hitting forehands because they do not know how to engage the proper muscles for their forehands and in which order to hit powerful forehands. In the same way, tennis players struggle with backhands due to the fact that they do not know enough about the proper way to properly position themselves for a nice backhand down the court. These two areas are vital to the game and need to be addressed.
A successful tennis swing is dependent on the grip you use. Many beginners make the mistake of holding the racket too tightly or loosely and end up missing the ball or making an incorrect contact or having the racket break off when they are swinging at the ball. Holding the racket the right way will give you the best opportunity to strike the ball correctly every time.
Another thing to keep in mind is that your forehand’s swing path should be straight. As you get closer to the top of your follow-through, your forehand’s swing path should be curved towards your top. This is known as a high arc or cut shot. A hook with a low angle will have a natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These aspects will determine what kind of shots you should be practicing. If you are practicing the bank shot technique, your forehand swing course will naturally curve towards the top as it gets closer to the ball.
Always keep your shoulders in line with the ball when you swing. This will keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball even as your arms move freely. When you move your arms, your shoulders should not leave the racquet’s socket. This can make it extremely difficult to capture the ball if this occurs.
As you approach the ball, ensure to move your arm to your side, not from your backside. Rotating your arms to your side can actually decrease your power and ability to generate power. In order to get your arm to rotate properly you need to have a strong grip on the club. A weak grip could be very dangerous because it could cause you to be unable to catch the ball, or it could cause you to extend your arm. This could cause injury.
The angle of your stance is another important aspect to ensure an effective grip. Most tennis beginners are right handed and have their right arm slung across their body. The left arm of beginner players is often slung across their body. Most coaches advise that you hold the club with a neutral grip or similar to a baseball position. By holding the club in a neutral position can ensure that you don’t have an arm that is not dominant during your swing.
Forehand tennis players who have an open stance are more likely to have issues with their forearms. If players have an open stance forehand, they tend to twist their wrists and do not have a proper grip. This issue can be fixed by holding the racket with a neutral grip. Closed grips are best for tennis players with an open forehand. You can achieve this by placing the racket in front of your skull, with your knees bent and your elbows locked.
Tennis players who have a non-dominant handed should swing the racket in front of their head 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, it should be facing towards your waist. This will help prevent either the over-the-head swing or the swing under the shoulder from occurring. 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.