Tennis is a very popular sport. Anyone can play tennis, from beginners to the pros. Tennis players can be divided into two broad categories based on their to hit the ball farther and higher than a backhand or forehand. Tennis players typically struggle to hit forehands due to a lack of knowledge about how to properly engage their muscles and in what order to hit strong forehands. Likewise, tennis players also struggle with their backhands as they don’t know enough about the proper way to set themselves up to hit a perfect backhand on the court. These two areas are crucial to the sport and must be addressed.
A successful tennis swing depends on the grip you use. Many beginners make the mistake of holding the racket too tight or loose, and end up either missing the ball or making an incorrect contact or even having the racket break off when they swing at the ball. Holding the racket the right way will give you the best opportunity to strike the ball correctly every time.
The other thing you need to remember is that your forehand swing path 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 low arc or hook would start out with an easier wrist hinge and wrist extension. These factors can affect the type of shots you need to master. For instance, if you are practicing a technique referred to as the bank shot, your forehand swing path will naturally turn toward the top as you get closer to the ball.
Always keep your shoulders in line with the ball whenever you swing. This helps keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball even as your arms move freely. While you swing, your shoulders must not leave the socket of your racquet. If this happens, it can be extremely difficult to catch the ball.
When approaching the ball, make sure that your arm is pointing from your side and not to your backside. The arm that is rotated on your side actually weakens your ability to generate power and produce a strong backswing. You need a solid grip to control your arm’s movement. A weak grip could result in injury. It can cause you miss the ball or cause you overextend your arms. This could lead to injuries.
Another crucial aspect of the proper grip is the angle you stand at. The majority of tennis players are right handed and have their right arm stretched across their body. The left arm of beginner players is usually slung over their body. Most coaches suggest holding the club with a neutral grip or a style similar to a baseball grip. The club should be held in a neutral posture will help prevent you from having an arm that is not dominant during your swing.
Forehand tennis players with open stances are more likely to have issues with their forearms. If a player has an open stance forehand they tend to over-turn their wrists, and they do not have a good grip. One way to address this issue is to hold the racket with a neutral grip. Closed grips are ideal for tennis players with an open forehand. This can be achieved by placing the racket in front of your skull, your knees bent, and keeping your elbows locked.
Tennis players with a dominant hand should move the racket above their head and over their shoulders. If you’re a right-handed player the racket should point towards your crotch. If you’re a left-handed player, the racket should be pointing towards your waist. This will prevent the over-the head swing and the under-the-shoulder swing from occurring. When you swing, keep your wrists straight and down your hips to ensure that you don’t give either side of your body any space to swing.