Tennis is a hugely popular sport. Tennis is a game that anyone can play, from beginners to pros. Tennis players can be divided into two broad categories based on their ability to hit the ball further and higher than a forehand or backhand. Most often, tennis players struggle with hitting forehands because they aren’t aware of how to properly use the right muscles for their forehands or in which order to hit powerful forehands. Likewise, tennis players also struggle with their backhands as they don’t know enough about how to position themselves to hit a nice backhand down the court. These two areas are essential to the game and need to be addressed.
The grip is the most critical aspect of the successful tennis swing. Many new players make the mistake of holding their racket in a way that is too loose or tight and end up missing the ball making poor contact, or having their racket slip when they swing at the ball. The best way to strike the ball correctly is to hold the racket correctly in the right position.
The other important factor to be aware of is that your forehand’s swing path should start out straight and then curve toward the top of your body as you reach the top of your follow through. This is known as cut shots or high arc. A hook with a low arc will have an natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These aspects will affect the type of shots you should be learning. For instance, if, for example, you are practicing a technique that is known as the bank shot your forehand swing path will naturally move towards the top as you get closer to the ball.
Always keep your shoulders squared with the ball. This helps keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball even as your arms are free to move. Keep in mind that the shoulders should never leave the socket or your racquet when you swing. This can make it extremely difficult to catch the ball if this occurs.
When you approach the ball, ensure that your arm is pointing from your side and not your backside. Rotating your arms towards your side can reduce your power and ability generate power. To allow your arm to rotate properly, you must be able to grip 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 result in injury.
The angle of your stance is also an crucial factor to ensure a good grip. Most tennis beginners are right-handed and carry their right arm across their body. For beginners their 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 posture. A neutral grip will stop you from swinging with an arm that isn’t dominant.
Tennis players that have an open stance forehands tend to have issues with their forearms. When players with an open-stance forehand, they tend to over-turn their wrists and not have a proper grip. This issue can be resolved by holding the racket with neutral grip. Closed grips are the best choice for tennis players with an open forehand. This can be achieved by placing the racket over your head, while your knees are bent and your elbows are locked.
Tennis players with a non-dominant hand should swing the racket over their head and then over their shoulder. If you’re a right-handed player the racket should be facing your crotch. If you’re a left-handed player, it should be facing towards your waist. This will prevent the over-the head swing and the under-the shoulder swing from occurring. Keep your wrists straight as you swing. Also, ensure that you don’t give any side of your body too much space.