Tennis is one of the most loved sports in the world. Everyone can play tennis, from beginners to professionals. Tennis players can be grouped into two broad categories based on their ability to hit the ball further and higher than a backhand or forehand. Tennis players often struggle to hit forehands due the lack of knowledge on how to properly engage their muscles and what order to hit strong forehands. Tennis players also have trouble with their backhands due to lack of knowledge on how to position themselves to hit a good backhand down the court. These two areas are crucial to the game and must be addressed.
The grip is the most important aspect of a successful tennis swing. Many beginners make the mistake of holding the racket too loose or tight and then miss the ball and making poor contact or letting their racket slide when they hit the ball. The best method to hit the ball correctly is to keep the racket in the proper position.
Another important thing to remember 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 curve towards your top. This is known as cut shots or high arc. A low arc or hook will begin with an easier wrist hinge and wrist extension. These factors will influence the kind of shots you need to master. For example, if you are practicing a technique referred to as the bank shot, your forehand’s swing path will naturally move towards the top as you move closer to the ball.
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 are free to move. When you swing, your shoulders must not leave the racquet’s socket. If this happens, it will be extremely difficult to catch the ball.
When you are approaching the ball, ensure to move your arm to your side, not your backside. Rotating your arm to the side will weaken your ability to generate power and generate a good backswing. You must have a strong grip to control your arm’s rotation. A weak grip can lead to injuries. It can cause you lose the ball or cause you to overextend your arms. This can lead to injury.
Another important aspect in the correct grip is the angle you stand at. Most tennis players are right handed and have their right arm slung across their body. For beginners, their left arm is typically carried across their body. Most coaches advise that you hold the club in the neutral grip or similar to a baseball posture. Holding the club in a neutral position can aid in preventing an arm that is not dominant when you swing.
Tennis players with open stance forehand tend to have issues with their forearms. If a player has an open-stance forehand, they are more likely to turn their wrists and do not have a proper grip. This issue can be fixed by holding the racket in a neutral grip. Tennis players with an open stance forehand must try to hold the racket with a closed grip. This can be achieved by placing the racket behind your skull, with your knees bent and your elbows locked.
Tennis players who are non-dominant handed should swing the racket above their head and above their shoulders. The racket should be facing your crotch if left handed, and it should face your waist if left-handed. This will prevent the over-the-head swing or the swing under the shoulder from occurring. Keep your wrists straight as you swing. Also, make sure you don’t give any part of your body too much space.