Tennis is one of the most loved sports in the world. Tennis is a game that anyone can play, from beginners to professional. Tennis players can be classified 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 their forehands as they aren’t aware of how to properly use the right muscles for their forehands and in which order to hit powerful forehands. In the same way, tennis players struggle with backhands because they do not know enough about the proper way to set themselves up to hit a perfect backhand on the court. These two areas are crucial to the game and need to be addressed.
A successful tennis swing is contingent on the grip you use. Many beginners make the error of gripping the racket too tightly or loosely, and end up either missing the ball, making improper contact, or having the racket break off when they are swinging at the ball. The best way to strike the ball correctly is to hold the racket correctly in the right position.
Another important thing to remember is that your forehand’s path should be straight. When you reach the top end of your follow-through, your forehand’s path should be curved towards your top. This is called cut or high arc shot. A hook with a low arc would have an natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These aspects will affect the kind of shots you need to master. If you are working on the bank shot technique your forehand’s swing is likely to curve towards the top as it gets closer to the ball.
Always keep your shoulders in line with the ball whenever you swing. This will keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball even as your arms move freely. Remember that your shoulders must never move away from the socket or the racquet when you swing. If this happens, it could be extremely difficult to capture the ball.
When you get close to the ball, ensure to rotate your arm from your side, not from your backside. By putting your arm to the side will weaken your ability to generate energy and produce a strong backswing. You must have a strong grip to control your arm’s rotation. A weak grip can be dangerous since it can cause you to lose the ball or can cause you to overextend your arm. This could lead to injury.
The angle of your stance is also an important aspect to ensure an effective grip. Most tennis beginners are right-handed and have their right arm slung across their body. For beginners the left arm is typically carried across their body. Most coaches recommend that you hold the club in a neutral grip or 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 are more likely to have problems with their forearms. Open stance forehand players tend to have problems with their grip. This issue can be resolved by holding the racket with neutral grip. Closed grips are best for tennis players who have an open forehand. This can be accomplished by putting the racket behind your head while your knees are bent and your elbows are locked.
Tennis players who have a hand that is not dominant should swing the racket above their head and then over their shoulder. The racket should be facing your crotch if an right-handed player, and it should face your waist if you are a left handed player. This will stop the head-over-head swing or the under-shoulder swing from occurring. When you swing keep your wrists straight, and keep them down your hips to ensure that you don’t give either side of your body a chance to swing.