Tennis is a very popular sport. Anyone can play tennis, from beginners to the pros. Tennis players can be divided into two broad categories based on their 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 correct muscles for their forehands and in which order to hit powerful forehands. Likewise, tennis players also struggle with backhands because they aren’t aware about how to set themselves up to hit a great backhand down the court. This is why these two essential areas of the game need to be addressed by those who want to be a pro at the game.
A successful tennis swing is contingent on the grip you use. Many beginners make the error of gripping the racket too tight or loose and end up hitting the ball too far, making improper contact, or even having the racket fall off while they are swinging at the ball. Holding the racket the right way will give you the best opportunity to hit the ball in the right way every time.
Another thing to keep in mind is that your forehand’s swing path should be straight. When you reach the top end of your follow-through, your forehand swing path should curve towards your top. This is referred to as cut or high arc shot. A low arc or hook starts with the more natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These factors will determine what kind of shots you need to be practicing. 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.
Keep your shoulders in line with the ball whenever you swing. This will ensure that your shoulders remain in constant contact with the ball, allowing your arms to move freely. Be aware that your shoulders should never leave the socket or your racquet when you swing. If this happens, it could be very difficult to capture the ball.
When approaching the ball, ensure that your arm is pointing from your side and not towards your backside. Rotating your arm to your side can actually reduce your power and ability generate power. To allow your arm to rotate correctly it is essential to have a strong grip on the club. Having a weak grip can be dangerous since it can cause you lose the ball or could cause you to overextend your arm. This can lead to injury.
The angle of your stance is another important factor in ensuring a good grip. Most tennis beginners are right-handed and have their right arm stretched across their body. For those who are just beginning, their left arm is typically carried across their body. Most coaches suggest holding the club with an even grip, or a style similar to a baseball position. A neutral grip will prevent you from hitting with an arm that isn’t dominant.
Forehand tennis players with open stances tend to have problems with their forearms. Forehands with an open stance tend to have problems with their grip. This issue can be fixed by holding the racket with neutral grip. Closed grips are ideal for players with an open forehand. This can be achieved by placing the racket on your head while your knees are bent and your elbows are 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 point towards your crotch. If you’re a lefthanded player, the racket should be pointing towards your waist. This will stop the swing that is over the head or the swing under the shoulder from happening. Keep your wrists straight when you swing. Also, make sure you don’t allow any side of your body too much room.