Tennis is a hugely popular sport. Anyone can play tennis, from beginners to pros. There are two primary types of tennis players. They can be classified according to their ability to hit the ball further than a forehand or backhand. Most often, tennis players have difficulty with hitting forehands because they don’t know how to engage the proper muscles for their forehands or in the right order to hit powerful forehands. Also, tennis players struggle with backhands because they aren’t aware about the proper way to set themselves up to hit a perfect backhand on the court. These two areas are essential to the game and need to be addressed.
A successful tennis swing depends on the grip you use. Many new players make the mistake of holding the racket in a way that is too loose or tight and end up missing the ball, making poor contact or letting their racket slide when they swing 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 thing to keep in mind is that your forehand’s swing path should be straight. When you reach the top of your follow-through, your forehand’s swing path should curve towards your top. This is called cut or high arc shot. A hook with a low arc will have an inherent wrist hinge as well as wrist extension. These aspects will determine what kind of shots you should be practicing. If you’re practicing the bank shot technique, your forehand swing is likely to curve towards the top as you get closer to the ball.
Be sure to keep your shoulders squared with the ball. This will keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball even as your arms move freely. Be aware that your shoulders should never move away from the socket or the tennis racquet during your swing. It can make it very difficult to catch the ball in the event that this occurs.
When approaching the ball, ensure that your arm is pointing towards your side, and not to your backside. Rotating your arms to your side can actually reduce your power and your ability generate power. You need a solid grip to control the rotation of your arm. A weak grip can be very dangerous because it can cause you lose the ball or could cause you to overextend your arm. This can lead to injury.
Another crucial aspect of the proper grip is the angle you stand at. Most tennis players are right-handed and carry their right arm across their bodies. For beginners the left arm is usually slung across their body. Most coaches suggest using a neutral grip or in a manner similar to a baseball position. A neutral grip will prevent you from swinging with an arm that is not dominant.
Forehand tennis players who have an open stance are more likely to have problems with their forearms. If a player has an open stance forehand, they tend to twist their wrists, and they do not have a proper grip. This issue can be fixed by holding the racket in neutral grip. Closed grips are best for tennis players who have an open forehand. This can be achieved by placing the racket in front of your skull, your knees bent and your elbows locked.
Tennis players with a dominant hand should move the racket above their head and then over their shoulder. The racket should point towards your crotch in case you are an right-handed player, and it should face your waist if you’re left handed. This will stop the head-over-head swing or the under-shoulder swing from happening. Keep your wrists straight while you swing. Also, ensure that you don’t allow any side of your body too much space.