Tennis is one of the most popular sports in the world. Anyone can play tennis, from beginners to the pros. Tennis players can be classified into two broad categories based on their to hit the ball further and higher than a backhand or forehand. Tennis players typically struggle to hit forehands due the lack of knowledge on how to effectively engage their muscles and what order to hit strong forehands. In the same way, tennis players struggle with their backhands as they don’t know enough about the proper way to properly position themselves for a nice backhand down the court. This is why these two essential aspects of the game have to be addressed by those who wish to be successful in the game.
The grip is the most important aspect of the successful tennis swing. Many beginners make the error of holding the racket too tight or loose, and end up either not hitting the ball, making improper contact, or even having the racket break off when they are swinging at the ball. By holding the racket in the correct way will provide you with the best chance to hit the ball accurately every time.
Another thing to keep in mind is that your forehand’s path should be straight. As you get closer to the top end of your follow-through, your forehand’s swing path should be curved towards your top. This is called a high arc or cut shot. A hook with a low arc would have a natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These factors will influence the type of shots you must be learning. If you are practicing the bank shot technique, your forehand swing is likely to curve towards the top as it gets closer to the ball.
Always keep your shoulders in line with the ball as you swing. This helps to keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball as your arms move freely. When you swing, your shoulders should not be able to leave the racquet’s socket. This can make it extremely difficult to capture the ball when this occurs.
When approaching the ball, make sure that your arm is directed from your side and not to your backside. Rotating your arms to your side can actually reduce your power and your ability to generate power. You need to have a strong grip to control your arm’s rotation. A weak grip can lead to injury. It can cause you miss the ball, or cause you to overextend your arms. This could lead to injuries.
Another important aspect in the proper grip is the angle of your stance. Most tennis players are right-handed and have their right arm stretched across their body. For beginners their left arm is usually carried across their body. Most coaches recommend that you hold the club in the neutral grip or similar to a baseball position. By holding the club in a neutral position will aid in preventing an arm that is not dominant during your swing.
Open stance forehand tennis players are more likely to have issues with their forearms. If players have an open stance forehand they tend to over-turn their wrists and do not have a good grip. A great way to solve this problem is to hold the racket using a neutral grip. Closed grips are ideal for tennis players who have 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 above their shoulders. The racket should point towards your crotch if you are an right-handed player, and it should face your waist if you are left handed. This will stop the over-the head swing and the under-the-shoulder swing from occurring. When you swing keep your wrists straight and lower your hips to ensure that you do not give either side of your body a chance to swing.