Tennis is one of the most popular sports played in the world. Anyone can play tennis, from beginners to pros. Tennis players can be divided into two broad categories based on their ability to hit the ball more and higher than a backhand or forehand. Tennis players are often unable to hit forehands because of inexperience with how to properly engage their muscles and what order to hit strong forehands. Tennis players also struggle with their backhands due to lack of understanding about how to position themselves to hit a solid backhand down the court. So, these two crucial areas of the game need to be addressed by those who wish to be a pro at the game.
The grip is the most important aspect of an effective tennis swing. Many beginners make the error of gripping the racket too tightly or too loosely, and end up either not hitting the ball, making improper contact, or even having the racket break off when they are swinging at the ball. By holding the racket in the correct way will give you the best chance to hit the ball accurately every time.
The other important factor to be aware of is that your forehand swing should begin straight and then curve upwards towards the top of your body as you approach the top of your follow through. This is referred to as a cut shot or high arc. A low arc or hook starts with an easier wrist hinge and wrist extension. These factors will influence the kind 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 you get closer to the ball.
Always keep your shoulders in line with the ball when you swing. This will ensure that your shoulders are in constant contact with the ball and allow your arms to swing freely. When you move your arms, your shoulders should not leave the racquet’s socket. If this happens, it can be very difficult to take the ball back.
When you are approaching the ball, ensure to rotate your arm from your side, not from your backside. The arm that is rotated to the side will weaken the ability of your arm to generate power and create a great backswing. You need to have a strong grip to control your arm’s rotation. A weak grip could be extremely dangerous as it can cause you be unable to catch the ball, or it can cause you to overextend your arm. This could lead to injury.
The angle of your stance is an important aspect to ensure an effective grip. The majority of tennis players are right handed and have their right arm slung across their body. For those who are just beginning their left arm is usually carried across their body. The majority of coaches suggest that you hold the club with the neutral grip or similar to a baseball posture. A neutral grip will prevent you from hitting with an arm that is not dominant.
Forehand tennis players who have an open stance tend to have issues with their forearms. Open stance forehand players tend to have issues with their grip. A great way to solve this issue is to hold the racket using an even grip. Tennis players with an open stance forehand should attempt to have a closed grip. This can be achieved by placing the racket behind your skull, your knees bent and your elbows locked.
Tennis players who have a non-dominant hand should move the racket above their head and above their shoulders. The racket should face your crotch if you are left handed and should be facing your waist if you’re left handed. This will prevent the over-the head swing as well as the under-the-shoulder swing from happening. Keep your wrists straight when you swing. Also, ensure that you don’t give any part of your body too much room.