Tennis is one of the most popular sports in the world. Anyone can play tennis, from beginners to the pros. Tennis players can be classified into two broad categories based on their to hit the ball farther and higher than a forehand or a backhand. Most times, tennis players struggle when they hit forehands due to the fact that they don’t know how to properly use the right muscles for their forehands, and in the right order to hit powerful forehands. Tennis players also struggle with their backhands due to lack of understanding about how to position themselves to hit a good backhand down the court. This is why these two essential aspects of the game have to be addressed by those who wish to excel at the sport.
A successful tennis swing is contingent on the grip you use. Many beginners make the error of holding their racket in a way that is too loose or tight and then miss the ball making poor contact, or letting their racket slide when they hit the ball. By holding the racket in the correct way will give you the best chance to strike the ball correctly every time.
The other important factor to remember is that your forehand’s swing path should start out straight and then curve toward the top of your body when you get to the top of your follow-through. This is referred to as cut shots or high arc. A hook with a low arc would start out with an easier wrist hinge and wrist extension. These factors will influence the kind of shots you need to master. If you’re practicing the bank shot technique, your forehand swing course will naturally curve towards the top as you get 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, allowing your arms to swing with ease. Keep in mind that the shoulders must never be removed from the socket or racquet while you are swinging. This can make it extremely difficult to catch the ball when this happens.
When you get close to the ball, be sure to rotate your arm from your side, not your backside. Rotating your arm to the side will weaken your ability to generate power and create a great backswing. You need a solid grip to control the rotation of your arm. A weak grip could be extremely dangerous as it can cause you to be unable to catch the ball, or it can cause you to overextend your arm. This could cause injury.
Another crucial aspect of the proper grip is the angle of your stance. Tennis beginners tend to be right-handed and have their right hand spread across their body. For those who are just beginning their left arm is typically carried over their body. Most coaches advise that you hold the club in a neutral grip or similar to a baseball position. A neutral grip will stop you from hitting with an arm that is not dominant.
Tennis players with open stance forehand are more likely to have problems with their forearms. When players with an open stance forehand, they tend to over-turn their wrists and not have a proper grip. This issue can be resolved by holding the racket in a neutral grip. Closed grips are ideal for tennis players who have an open forehand. This can be accomplished by placing the racket over your head, while your knees are bent and your elbows are locked.
Tennis players that have a hand that is not dominant should swing the racket over their head and over their shoulders. The racket should face your crotch in case you are left handed, and it should face your waist if you are a left handed player. This will stop the over-the head swing and the under-the-shoulder swing from happening. When you swing keep your wrists straight, and keep them down your hips so that you don’t allow either side of your body any room to swing.