Tennis is among the most popular sports played in the world. Anyone can play tennis, from beginners to the pros. Tennis players can be grouped into two broad categories based on their ability level to hit the ball further and higher than a backhand or forehand. Tennis players often struggle to hit forehands because of the lack of knowledge on how to effectively engage their muscles in order to hit strong forehands. Tennis players also struggle with their backhands due to lack of knowledge on how to properly position themselves to hit a good backhand down the court. These two areas are crucial to the sport and must be addressed.
The grip is the most critical aspect of an effective tennis swing. Many beginners make the error of holding the racket too tight or loose and end up hitting the ball too far, making improper contact, or even having the racket fall off while they swing at the ball. The best way to hit the ball correctly is to keep the racket in the correct position.
The other important factor to be aware of is that your forehand’s swing path should start out straight and then curve towards the top of your body as you approach the top of your follow through. This is called a cut shot or high arc. A low arc or hook would start out with a more natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These factors will determine the kind of shots you need to be practicing. For instance, if, for example, you are practicing a technique that is known as the bank shot, your forehand’s swing path will naturally shift towards the top as you get closer to the ball.
Be sure to keep your shoulders aligned with the ball. This will ensure that your shoulders are always in contact with the ball, allowing your arms to swing with ease. Remember that your shoulders must never leave the socket or your racquet when you swing. It could make it extremely difficult to capture the ball if this occurs.
As you approach the ball, be sure to move your arm to your side, not from your backside. Moving your arm to the side could reduce your power and your ability to generate power. To get your arm to rotate correctly, you must be able to grip the club. Having a weak grip can be extremely dangerous as it can cause you to miss the ball or it could cause you to extend your arm. This could cause injuries.
The angle of your stance is an important aspect to ensure a good grip. The majority of tennis players are right-handed and have their right hand spread across their body. The left arm of beginner players is usually slung over their body. Most coaches recommend that you hold the club with an open grip or similar to a baseball position. By holding the club in a neutral position will ensure that you don’t have a non-dominant arm when you swing.
Forehand tennis players with open stances tend to have problems with their forearms. If a player has an open stance forehand they tend to over-turn their wrists and not have a good grip. One way to address this issue is to hold the racket with an even grip. Closed grips are ideal for tennis players with an open forehand. This can be achieved by placing the racket on your skull, your knees bent and your elbows locked.
Tennis players with a non-dominant hand should swing the racket over their heads and over their shoulders. The racket should be facing your crotch in case you are left handed and should be facing your waist if left handed. This will prevent the over-the head swing as well as 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.