Tennis is among the most played sports in the world. Everyone can play tennis from beginners to pros. Tennis players can be classified into two broad categories based on their ability to hit the ball farther and higher than a backhand or forehand. Tennis players typically struggle to hit forehands due to the lack of knowledge on how to effectively engage their muscles and in what to do to hit forehands that are strong. In the same way, tennis players struggle with backhands due to the fact that they aren’t aware about the proper way to set themselves up to hit a perfect backhand on the court. These two areas are vital to the game and need to be addressed.
A successful tennis swing is contingent on your grip. Many beginners make the mistake of holding the racket too tightly or too loosely, and end up either hitting the ball too far, making improper contact, or even having the racket break off when they swing at the ball. The best method to hit the ball correctly is to keep the racket correctly in the right position.
Another important thing to be aware of is that your forehand swing should be straight from the beginning and then curve towards the top of your body as you reach the top of your follow-through. This is called a cut shot or high arc. A hook with a low arc would have an natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These aspects will affect the type of shots you need to master. For instance, if 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 move closer to the ball.
Remember to always swing with your shoulders aligned with the ball. This will ensure that your shoulders are always in contact with your ball, allowing your arms to swing freely. While you swing, your shoulders should not be able to leave the racquet’s socket. If this happens, it will be very difficult to take the ball back.
When you get close to the ball, make sure to move your arm to your side, not from your backside. Rotating your arms towards your side can reduce your power and your ability generate power. You need to have a strong grip to control your arm’s rotation. A weak grip can be extremely dangerous as it can cause you to lose the ball or could cause you to extend your arm. This can lead to injuries.
Another important aspect in the proper grip is the angle of your stance. Tennis beginners tend to be right-handed and have their right hand slung across the body. The left arm of beginners is often slung across their body. Most coaches recommend that you hold the club with the neutral grip or similar to a baseball posture. Holding the club in a neutral posture will ensure that you don’t have an arm that is not dominant when you swing.
Open stance forehand tennis players 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 proper grip. A great solution to 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, with your knees bent, and keeping your elbows locked.
Tennis players who have a non-dominant handed should swing the racket above their head and above their shoulders. The racket should point towards your crotch in case you are an right-handed player and the racket should be pointing towards your waist if you’re a left handed player. This will stop the over-the head swing and the under-the shoulder swing from occurring. When you swing keep your wrists straight and down your hips so that you do not give either side of your body any space to swing.