Tennis is among the most played sports in the world. Tennis is a sport that anyone can play from beginners to professionals. Tennis players can be classified into two broad categories based on their to hit the ball farther and higher than a backhand or forehand. Most times, tennis players struggle with their forehands as they aren’t aware of how to properly engage the proper muscles for their forehands or in which order to hit powerful forehands. Tennis players also struggle with their backhands due lack of knowledge on how to position themselves to hit a strong backhand down the court. These two areas are crucial to the game and must be addressed.
The grip is the most critical element of a successful tennis swing. Many beginners make the mistake of holding the racket too tight or loose and end up missing the ball, making improper contact, or having the racket fall off while they swing at the ball. The right way to hold the racket in the right way will give you the best chance to strike the ball correctly every time.
The other thing you need to keep in mind is that your forehand’s swing path should begin straight and then curve towards the top of your body when you get to the top of your follow-through. This is called cut or high arc shot. A hook with a low arc would have a natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These factors will determine what kind of shots you need to be practicing. For instance, if you are practicing a technique known as the bank shot your forehand’s swing path will naturally shift towards the top as you move closer to the ball.
Always keep your shoulders in line with the ball whenever you swing. This helps to keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball while your arms move freely. Keep in mind that the shoulders must not leave the socket or your tennis racquet during your swing. If this happens, it will be very difficult to catch the ball.
When you approach the ball, ensure that your arm is directed towards your side, and not to your backside. Rotating your arm on your side can weaken your ability to generate power and generate a good backswing. You must have a strong grip to control your arm’s rotation. A weak grip could result in injury. It could cause you to lose the ball or cause you to overextend your arms. This could result in injuries.
Another crucial aspect of the correct grip is the angle of your stance. Tennis beginners are typically right-handed and have their right hand spread across their body. The left arm of newbies is usually slung over their body. Most coaches suggest holding the club with an even grip, or in a similar way to a baseball posture. The club should be held in a neutral posture will help prevent you from having an arm that is not dominant during your swing.
Forehand tennis players with open stances are more likely to have issues with their forearms. When players with an open stance forehand they tend to twist their wrists and not have a proper grip. One way to address this problem is to hold the racket using an even grip. Tennis players who have open stance forehands should try to have a closed grip. This can be achieved by placing the racket in front of your skull, with your knees bent and your elbows locked.
Tennis players who have a non-dominant hand should move the racket over their head and above their shoulders. The racket should point towards your crotch in case you are a right handed player and should be facing your waist if you are left-handed. This will stop the over-the head swing and the under-the shoulder swing from occurring. Keep your wrists straight as you swing. Also, make sure you don’t give any part of your body too much space.