Tennis is a hugely popular sport. Everyone can play tennis from beginners to the pros. Tennis players can be divided into two broad categories based on their skill level to hit the ball more and higher than a backhand or forehand. Most often, tennis players struggle with hitting forehands because they aren’t aware of how to properly engage the proper muscles for their forehands, and in the right order to hit powerful forehands. Also, tennis players struggle with backhands because they aren’t aware about how to position themselves to hit a perfect backhand on the court. These two areas are vital to the game and need to be addressed.
A successful tennis swing is contingent on your grip. Many new players make the mistake of holding the 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 proper position.
Another important thing to remember is that your forehand’s path should be straight. As you get closer to the top of your follow-through, your forehand’s swing path should curve towards your top. This is known as a cut shot or high arc. A low arc or hook starts with a more natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These aspects will affect 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.
Remember to always swing with your shoulders in line with the ball. This helps keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball while your arms are free to move. When you move your arms, your shoulders should not be able to leave the socket of your racquet. It could make it extremely difficult to catch the ball in the event that this occurs.
As you approach the ball, ensure to rotate your arm from your side, not your backside. Rotating your arm on your side actually weakens the ability of your arm to generate power and create a great backswing. To get your arm to rotate correctly, you must be able to grip the club. A weak grip can be very dangerous because it can cause you to be unable to catch the ball, or it could cause you to overextend your arm. This could cause injuries.
Another important aspect in the proper grip is the angle of your stance. The majority of tennis players are right-handed and carry their right arm across their bodies. For beginners the left arm is usually carried over their body. Most coaches recommend that you hold the club in the neutral grip or similar to a baseball position. A neutral grip will stop you from hitting with an arm that isn’t dominant.
Tennis players that have an open stance forehand are more likely to have problems with their forearms. If players have an open stance forehand they tend to over-turn their wrists and do not have a proper grip. A great solution to this issue is to hold the racket with a neutral grip. Closed grips are best for tennis players with an open forehand. You can achieve this by placing the racket on your skull, with your knees bent, and keeping your elbows locked.
Tennis players that have a non-dominant hand should swing the racket above their head and over their shoulder. The racket should point towards your crotch in case you are left handed, and it should face your waist if you are a left handed player. 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 allow any side of your body too much room.