Tennis is a hugely popular sport. Tennis is a sport that everyone can play, from beginners to professionals. Tennis players can be divided into two broad categories based on their skill to hit the ball more and higher than a forehand or a backhand. Most often, tennis players struggle with their forehands as they aren’t aware of how to engage the proper muscles for their forehands and in the right order to hit powerful forehands. Likewise, tennis players also struggle with backhands because they do not know enough about how to position themselves to hit a nice backhand down the court. This is why these two essential areas of the game must to be addressed by those who want to be a pro at the sport.
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. By holding the racket in the correct way will give you the best chance to strike the ball correctly every time.
Another important thing to be aware of is that your forehand swing should start out straight and then curve towards the top of your body as you reach the top of your follow through. This is called cut shots or high arc. A hook with a low arc would start out with an easier wrist hinge and wrist extension. These factors will determine the kind of shots you should be practicing. If you are practicing the bank shot technique the forehand swing course will naturally curve towards the top as it gets closer to the ball.
Remember to always swing with your shoulders aligned with the ball. This will keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball while your arms move freely. Be aware that your shoulders must never leave the socket or your racquet when you swing. This can make it extremely difficult to take the ball back if this happens.
When you get close to the ball, make sure to rotate your arm from your side, not from your backside. Rotating your arms to your side can actually decrease your power and ability to generate power. To get your arm to rotate correctly you need to have a strong grip on the club. A weak grip could be extremely dangerous as it could cause you to be unable to catch the ball, or it can cause you to overextend your arm. This can lead to injury.
The angle of your stance is an important aspect to ensure an effective grip. Most tennis beginners are right-handed and carry their right arm across their body. For those who are just beginning, their left arm is usually carried across their body. Most coaches advise that you hold the club in a neutral grip or similar to a baseball posture. A neutral grip will prevent you from hitting with an arm that isn’t dominant.
Forehand tennis players who have an open stance 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 good grip. This issue can be resolved by holding the racket in an upright grip. Tennis players with an open stance forehand must try to use a closed grip. 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 over their heads and over their shoulder. 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 prevent the over the head swing and the under-the shoulder swing from occurring. Keep your wrists straight while you swing. Also, ensure you don’t allow any side of your body too much room.