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 skill to hit the ball further and higher than a forehand or backhand. Most often, tennis players struggle with hitting forehands because they don’t know how to use the right muscles for their forehands and in the right order to hit powerful forehands. Also, tennis players struggle with backhands due to the fact that they aren’t aware about the proper way to set themselves up to hit a great backhand down the court. These two areas are vital to the game and need to be addressed.
A successful tennis swing is contingent on your grip. Many new players make the mistake of gripping the racket to tightly or loosely and end up missing the ball or making an incorrect contact or even having the racket fall off while they swing at the ball. The best way to strike the ball correctly is to keep the racket correctly in the right position.
Another important thing to remember is that your forehand’s swing path should be straight. As you get closer to the top end of your follow-through, your forehand’s path should be curved towards your top. This is called a cut shot or high arc. A hook with a low angle will have an inherent wrist hinge as well as wrist extension. These factors can affect the type of shots you should be learning. If you are working on 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 whenever you swing. This helps to keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball even as your arms are free to move. While you swing, your shoulders should not be able to leave the socket of your racquet. If this happens, it can be extremely difficult to capture the ball.
When you are approaching 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. You need a solid grip to control the rotation of your arm. A weak grip can be very dangerous because it can cause you to lose the ball or could cause you to extend your arm. This can result in injury.
Another crucial aspect of the correct grip is the angle of your stance. The majority of tennis players are right-handed and have their right hand draped across their body. For beginners, their left arm is usually slung across their body. The majority of coaches suggest that you hold the club in an open grip or like a baseball position. A neutral grip will prevent you from swinging with an arm that isn’t dominant.
Forehand tennis players with open stances tend to have issues 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 using neutral grip. Tennis players who have open stance forehand should attempt to use a closed grip. This can be achieved by placing the racket on your head, while your knees are bent and your elbows are locked.
Tennis players who are non-dominant handed should swing the racket above their head and over their shoulders. The racket should point towards your crotch if a right handed player and should be facing your waist if you are left handed. This will prevent the over-the head swing as well as the under-the-shoulder swing from happening. When you swing keep your wrists straight and down your hips so that you don’t give either side of your body any space to swing.