Tennis is among the most loved sports played in the world. It is a sport everyone can play, from beginners to pros. Tennis players can be classified into two broad categories based on their ability to hit the ball more and higher than a forehand or backhand. Most often, tennis players struggle with their forehands as they do not know how to engage the proper muscles for their forehands, and in the right order to hit powerful forehands. Also, tennis players struggle with their backhands as they do not know enough 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 must be addressed.
A successful tennis swing is contingent on the grip you use. Many beginners make the mistake of holding the racket too loose or tight and then miss the ball making poor contact, or letting their racket slide when they hit the ball. The right way to hold the racket in the right way will provide you with the best chance to hit the ball accurately 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 path should curve towards your top. This is called cut shots or high arc. A low arc or hook will begin with a more natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These factors can affect the type of shots you must be learning. For instance, if, for example, 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.
Remember to always swing with your shoulders aligned with the ball. This will keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball even as your arms are free to move. When you move your arms, your shoulders should not be able to leave the socket of your racquet. It can make it very difficult to capture the ball if this occurs.
When you are approaching the ball, make sure to rotate your arm from your side, not from your backside. The arm that is rotated on your side actually weakens 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 could result in injuries. It can cause you miss the ball or cause you overextend your arms. This could lead to injuries.
Another crucial aspect of the correct grip is the angle you stand at. The majority of tennis players are right-handed and have their right hand draped across their body. For beginners the left arm is usually slung over their body. Most coaches advise that you hold the club in an open grip or similar to a baseball position. A neutral grip will prevent you from swinging with an arm that isn’t dominant.
Forehand tennis players with open stances are more likely to have issues with their forearms. Forehands with an open stance tend to have problems with their grip. One way to address this issue is to hold the racket with an even grip. Closed grips are ideal for tennis players who have an open forehand. This can be achieved by placing the racket on your skull, your knees bent and your elbows locked.
Tennis players who have a non-dominant hand should hold the racket above their head and over their shoulders. If you’re a right-handed player the racket should be facing your crotch. If you’re a lefthanded player, it should be facing towards your waist. This will prevent the over-the head swing and the under-the-shoulder swing from occurring. Keep your wrists straight when you swing. Also, ensure you don’t give any side of your body too much space.