Tennis is one of the most popular sports in the world. Anyone can play tennis, from beginners to the pros. Tennis players can be divided into two broad categories based on their ability to hit the ball more and higher than a forehand or backhand. Most times, tennis players struggle with their forehands as they do not know how to engage the proper muscles for their forehands or in the right order to hit powerful forehands. Also, tennis players struggle with their backhands as they do not know enough about how to properly position themselves for a perfect backhand on the court. Therefore, these two important areas of the game need to be addressed by those who want to excel at the game.
The grip is the most critical element of the successful tennis swing. Many beginners make the error of holding their racket in a way that is too loose or tight and end up missing the ball and making poor contact or letting their racket slide when they swing at the ball. The best way to hit the ball correctly is to keep the racket in the proper position.
Another thing to keep in mind is that your forehand’s path should be straight. As you get closer to the top of your follow-through, your forehand swing path should curve towards your top. This is called cut shot or high arc. A hook with a low arc will have an natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These factors will determine the type of shots you should be practicing. For instance, if you are practicing a technique referred to as the bank shot, your forehand’s swing path will naturally shift towards the top as you move closer to the ball.
Be sure to keep your shoulders in line with the ball. This helps keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball as your arms are free to move. While you swing, your shoulders should not leave the socket of your racquet. If this happens, it can be extremely difficult to catch the ball.
As you approach the ball, be sure to rotate your arm from your side, not your backside. Rotating your arm to your side can actually decrease your power and ability generate power. You need a solid grip to control your arm’s rotation. A weak grip can be dangerous since it can cause you miss the ball or it can cause you to overextend your arm. This can result in injury.
The angle of your stance is another crucial factor to ensure the grip you have. Most tennis players are right-handed and have their right arm slung across their body. For beginners, their left arm is typically carried over their body. Most coaches recommend that you hold the club in an open grip or like a baseball position. A neutral grip can stop you from swinging with an arm that is not dominant.
Tennis players with open stance forehand are more likely to have issues with their forearms. Forehand players with an open stance are more likely to have problems with their grip. One way to address this problem is to hold the racket using an even grip. Closed grips are best for tennis players with 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 with a dominant hand should move the racket over their heads and over their shoulder. The racket should face your crotch if a right handed player, and it should face your waist if left handed. This will help prevent either the over-the-head swing or the swing under the shoulder from occurring. Keep your wrists straight when you swing. Also, ensure you don’t give any part of your body too much space.