Tennis is a hugely popular sport. Anyone can play tennis, from beginners to the pros. Tennis players can be divided into two broad categories based on their ability to hit the ball further and higher than a backhand or forehand. Most times, tennis players struggle with their forehands as they aren’t aware of how to use the right muscles for their forehands and in the right order to hit powerful forehands. Tennis players also have trouble with their backhands because of insufficient knowledge about how to position themselves to hit a good backhand down the court. These two areas are essential to the game and need to be addressed.
The grip is the most important element of the successful tennis swing. Many beginners make the mistake of gripping the racket to tightly or too loosely, and end up either missing the ball or making a poor contact or even having the racket fall off while 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.
The other thing you need to be aware of is that your forehand swing path should start out straight and then curve upwards towards the top of your body as you reach the top of your follow through. This is called a cut shot or high arc. A hook with a low arc will begin with an easier wrist hinge and wrist extension. These aspects will determine what kind of shots you should be practicing. For example, if you are practicing a technique referred to as the bank shot, your forehand swing will naturally shift towards the top as you get closer to the ball.
Remember to always swing with your shoulders squared with the ball. This helps keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball even as your arms move freely. When you swing, your shoulders should not move away from the socket of your racquet. If this happens, it can be very difficult to catch the ball.
When you approach the ball, ensure that your arm is directed towards your side, and not to your backside. Rotating your arm towards your side can reduce your power and your ability generate power. In order to get your arm to rotate properly, you must have a strong grip on the club. A weak grip can cause injuries. It could cause you to lose the ball or cause you overextend your arms. This could result in injury.
Another key factor in the proper grip is the angle you stand at. The majority of tennis players are right-handed and wear their right hand slung across the body. The left arm of beginners is often carried over their body. Most coaches recommend that you hold the club with the neutral grip or similar to a baseball position. A neutral grip can stop you from hitting with an arm that isn’t dominant.
Tennis players who have open stance forehand tend 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 a neutral grip. Tennis players with open stance forehand must try to hold the racket with a closed grip. This can be achieved 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 above their head and above their shoulders. If you’re a left handed player the racket should point towards your crotch. If you’re a lefthanded player, it should be facing towards your waist. This will prevent the over-the head swing as well as the under-the-shoulder swing from occurring. When you swing, keep your wrists straight and down your hips, making sure you do not give either side of your body a chance to swing.