Tennis is among the most popular sports played in the world. Tennis is a sport 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 farther and higher than a backhand or forehand. Most times, tennis players struggle with their forehands as they don’t know how to use the right muscles for their forehands, and in the right order to hit powerful forehands. Tennis players also struggle with their backhands due to lack of understanding about how to properly position themselves to hit a good backhand down the court. Therefore, these two important areas of the game must to be addressed by those who want to be a pro at the game.
The grip is the most critical aspect of the successful tennis swing. Many beginners make the error of holding the racket too tight or loose, and end up either hitting the ball too far or making an incorrect contact or even having the racket fall off when they are swinging at the ball. Holding the racket the right way will provide you with the best chance to hit the ball in the right way every time.
The other thing you need to keep in mind is that your forehand swing should begin straight and then curve upwards towards the top of your body when you get to the top of your follow through. This is known as a high arc or cut shot. A hook with a low arc would have an inherent wrist hinge as well as wrist extension. These factors will determine what type of shots you should be practicing. For instance, if, for example, you are practicing a technique referred to as the bank shot your forehand swing path will naturally shift towards 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. Remember that your shoulders should never be removed from the socket or racquet while you are swinging. If this happens, it will be very difficult to catch the ball.
When you get close to the ball, make sure to move your arm to your side, not your backside. Moving your arm to your side can actually decrease your power and ability generate power. In order to get your arm to rotate properly you need to have a strong grip on the club. A weak grip can be very dangerous because it could cause you to miss the ball or it can cause you to overextend your arm. This can lead to injuries.
Another crucial aspect of the proper grip is the angle you stand at. Most tennis players are right handed and have their right arm slung across their bodies. For those who are just beginning the left arm is usually slung over 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 swinging with an arm that isn’t dominant.
Tennis players who have open stance forehand are more likely to have issues with their forearms. If players have an open stance forehand they are more likely to turn their wrists and do not have a proper grip. One way to address this issue is to hold the racket with an even grip. Tennis players with an open stance forehands should try to have a closed grip. You can achieve this by placing the racket in front of your skull, with 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. The racket should face your crotch if a right handed player, and it should face your waist if you are a left handed player. This will prevent the head-over-head swing or the under-the-shoulder swing from happening. Keep your wrists straight while you swing. Also, ensure that you don’t allow any side of your body too much room.