Tennis is among the most played sports played in the world. It is a sport anyone can play, from beginners to professionals. Tennis players can be grouped into two broad categories based on their ability to hit the ball farther and higher than a forehand or a backhand. Most often, tennis players have difficulty with hitting forehands because they aren’t aware of how to engage the correct muscles for their forehands and in the right order to hit powerful forehands. Tennis players also struggle with their backhands due to lack of knowledge on how to properly position themselves to hit a solid backhand down the court. So, these two crucial aspects of the game have to be addressed by those who want to be successful in the sport.
The grip is the most critical aspect of an effective tennis swing. Many beginners make the mistake of holding the racket too loose or tight and end up missing the ball and making poor contact or having their racket slip when they swing at the ball. Holding the racket the right way will provide you with the best chance to hit the ball accurately every time.
Another important thing to remember is that your forehand swing path should be straight. When you reach the top of your follow-through, your forehand swing path should curve towards your top. This is called cut shots or high arc. A hook with a low arc will have a natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These aspects will determine what kind of shots you should be practicing. For example, if you are practicing a technique referred to as the bank shot your forehand swing will naturally turn toward the top as you move closer to the ball.
Always keep your shoulders in line with the ball whenever you swing. This will ensure that your shoulders are in constant contact with the ball, allowing your arms to swing freely. When you move your arms, your shoulders should 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 directed towards your side, and not your backside. Moving your arm towards your side can decrease your power and ability generate power. To get your arm to rotate properly, you must hold a firm grip on the club. Having a weak grip can be extremely dangerous as it can cause you to lose the ball or could cause you to overextend your arm. This can result in injuries.
The angle of your stance is an important factor in ensuring an effective grip. Tennis beginners tend to be right-handed and have their right hand draped across their body. For those who are just beginning the left arm is typically carried across their body. Most coaches recommend that you hold the club with an open grip or like a baseball position. A neutral grip can stop you from hitting with an arm that isn’t dominant.
Forehand tennis players who have an open stance are more likely to have issues with their forearms. When players with an open stance forehand, they tend to over-turn their wrists and not have a good grip. A great solution to this issue is to hold the racket with an even grip. Tennis players who have open stance forehand should attempt to hold the racket with a closed grip. This can be achieved by placing the racket behind your skull, your knees bent, and keeping your elbows locked.
Tennis players who have a non-dominant hand should move the racket in front of their head and above their shoulders. If you’re a right-handed player, the racket should face your crotch. If you’re a lefthanded player, it should face towards your waist. This will stop the head-over-head swing or the under-the-shoulder swing from occurring. Keep your wrists straight when you swing. Also, ensure you don’t allow any side of your body too much room.