Tennis is a very popular sport. Everyone can play tennis from beginners to the pros. There are two major categories of tennis players. They are classified based on their ability to hit the ball farther than a forehand or backhand. Tennis players typically struggle to hit forehands because of inexperience with 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 in order to hit a strong backhand down the court. These two areas are vital to the game and need to be addressed.
A successful tennis swing is contingent on the grip you use. Many beginners make the mistake of holding the racket too tightly or too loosely and end up hitting the ball too far, making improper contact, or having the racket break off when they swing at the ball. The best way to hit the ball correctly is to hold the racket in the correct position.
The other important factor to be aware of is that your forehand swing path should start out straight and then curve towards the top of your body when you get to the top of your follow-through. This is called cut or high arc shot. A low arc or hook starts with the more natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These factors will influence the kind of shots you must be learning. For example, if you are practicing a technique that is known as the bank shot, your forehand’s swing path will naturally move towards the top as you get closer to the ball.
Always keep your shoulders in line with the ball as you swing. This will keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball as your arms swing freely. Be aware that your shoulders must not move away from the socket or the tennis racquet during your swing. If this happens, it could be very difficult to take the ball back.
When you are approaching the ball, make sure to move your arm to your side, not from your backside. Rotating your arm on your side can weaken your ability to generate energy and generate a good backswing. You need to have a strong grip to control your arm’s rotation. A weak grip can be extremely dangerous as it could cause you to lose the ball or can cause you to overextend your arm. This could result in injury.
Another crucial aspect of the correct grip is the angle you stand at. Tennis beginners tend to be right-handed and wear their right hand slung across the body. For beginners their left arm is typically carried over their body. Most coaches suggest holding the club with a neutral grip, or in a manner similar to a baseball position. A neutral grip can stop you from hitting with an arm that isn’t dominant.
Open stance forehand tennis players tend to have problems with their forearms. Forehand players with an open stance are more likely to have issues with their grip. A great solution to this problem is to hold the racket with an even grip. Tennis players with an open stance forehand should attempt to have a closed grip. You can achieve this by placing the racket behind your skull, with your knees bent, and your elbows locked.
Tennis players who have a dominant hand should move the racket over their head and over their shoulders. The racket should point towards your crotch in case you are a right handed player, and it should face your waist if left-handed. This will stop the over-the head swing as well as the under-the-shoulder swing from happening. When you swing, keep your wrists straight and lower your hips so that you don’t give either side of your body any space to swing.