Tennis is among the most played sports in the world. It is a sport everyone can play, from beginners to professional. Tennis players can be grouped into two broad categories based on their ability level to hit the ball farther and higher than a forehand or backhand. Most times, tennis players struggle when they hit forehands due to the fact that they don’t know how to engage the proper muscles for their forehands and in which order to hit powerful forehands. Also, tennis players struggle with backhands due to the fact that they aren’t aware about how to position themselves to hit a nice backhand down the court. So, these two crucial areas of the game must to be addressed by those who want to be a pro at the game.
A successful tennis swing is dependent on the grip you use. Many beginners make the mistake of gripping the racket to tightly or loosely and end up missing the ball or making a poor contact or having the racket fall off when they swing at the ball. Holding the racket the right way will give you the best chance to strike the ball correctly every time.
The other thing you need to be aware of is that your forehand swing path should start out 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 cut or high arc shot. A low arc or hook would start out with the more natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These factors will influence the type of shots you need to master. For example, if you are practicing a technique known as the bank shot your forehand’s swing path will naturally move towards 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 while your arms are free to move. Be aware that your shoulders must never move away from the socket or the tennis racquet during your swing. If this happens, it could be extremely difficult to catch the ball.
When you get close to the ball, make sure to rotate your arm from your side, not your backside. Moving your arm to your side can actually reduce your power and ability generate power. You must have a strong grip to control your arm’s rotation. A weak grip can result in injuries. It could cause you to miss the ball, or cause you to overextend your arms. This could result in injury.
Another important aspect in the correct grip is the angle you stand at. Tennis beginners are typically right-handed and wear their right hand draped across their body. For those who are just beginning their left arm is usually slung over their body. Most coaches recommend that you hold the club with an open grip or like a baseball position. A neutral grip will stop you from swinging with an arm that is not dominant.
Open stance forehand tennis players tend to have problems with their forearms. When players with an open stance forehand, they tend to over-turn their wrists and not have a proper grip. This issue can be fixed by holding the racket in neutral grip. Closed grips are the best choice for tennis players with an open forehand. This can be achieved by placing the racket in front of your skull, keeping your knees bent and your elbows locked.
Tennis players with a non-dominant hand should swing the racket above their head and then over their shoulder. If you’re a left handed player the racket should point towards your crotch. If you’re a lefthanded player, the racket should be pointing towards your waist. This will help prevent either the over-the-head swing or the swing under the shoulder from happening. Keep your wrists straight as you swing. Also, make sure you don’t allow any side of your body too much room.