Tennis is among the most popular sports in the world. Everyone can play tennis from beginners to the pros. There are two primary categories of tennis players. They can be classified based on their ability to hit the ball further than a forehand or backhand. Most often, tennis players have difficulty with their forehands as they don’t know how to properly engage the correct muscles for their forehands, and in what order to hit strong forehands. Tennis players also struggle with their backhands due lack of knowledge on how to position themselves in order to hit a strong backhand down the court. These two areas are crucial to the game and must be addressed.
A successful tennis swing is contingent on the grip you use. Many new players make the mistake of holding their racket too tight or loosely and end up missing the ball and making poor contact or having their racket slip 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 thing you need to remember is that your forehand swing should begin straight and then curve toward the top of your body when you get to the top of your follow-through. This is called a high arc or cut shot. A low arc or hook starts with the more natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These factors will influence the type of shots you need to master. For instance, if, for example, you are practicing a technique referred to as the bank shot your forehand swing path will naturally turn toward the top as you get closer to the ball.
Remember to always swing with your shoulders aligned with the ball. This helps to keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball while your arms swing freely. When you swing, your shoulders must not leave the racquet’s socket. If this happens, it could be extremely difficult to catch the ball.
When you get close to the ball, ensure to move your arm to your side, not your backside. Moving your arm towards your side can reduce your power and ability to generate power. You need a solid grip to control the rotation of your arm. A weak grip can be dangerous since it can cause you to lose the ball or could cause you to extend your arm. This could result in injury.
The angle of your stance is an important aspect to ensure the grip you have. Most tennis beginners are right-handed and have their right arm slung across their bodies. The left arm of newbies is usually slung over their body. The majority of coaches suggest that you hold the club in a neutral 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 who have an open stance tend to have issues with their forearms. If players have an open-stance forehand, they tend to over-turn their wrists, and they do not have a proper grip. A great solution to this problem is to hold the racket using a neutral grip. Tennis players with open stance forehands should try to hold the racket with a closed grip. This can be achieved by placing the racket behind your skull, your knees bent and your elbows locked.
Tennis players who are non-dominant handed should swing 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 help prevent either the over-the-head swing or the under-shoulder swing from occurring. Keep your wrists straight when you swing. Also, ensure you don’t give any side of your body too much room.