Tennis is a very popular sport. Anyone can play tennis, from beginners to the pros. Tennis players can be classified into two broad categories based on their skill 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 properly use the right muscles for their forehands and in which order to hit powerful forehands. Likewise, tennis players also struggle with their backhands as they aren’t aware about the proper way to position themselves to hit a great backhand down the court. This is why these two essential aspects of the game have to be addressed by those who wish to excel at the sport.
The grip is the most crucial element of a successful tennis swing. Many beginners make the mistake of gripping the racket to tightly or too loosely, and end up either hitting the ball too far or making an incorrect contact or even having the racket break off when they are swinging at the ball. The best method to hit the ball correctly is to keep the racket in the correct position.
Another thing to keep in mind is that your forehand swing path should be straight. As you approach the top of your follow-through, your forehand’s swing path should be curved towards your top. This is known as 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 what type of shots you should be practicing. If you are working on the bank shot technique, your forehand swing path will naturally curve toward the top as it gets closer to the ball.
Keep your shoulders in line with the ball when you swing. This will ensure that your shoulders are always in contact with the ball which allows your arms to swing freely. When you swing, your shoulders should not be able to leave the racquet’s socket. This can make it extremely difficult to capture the ball if this happens.
When approaching the ball, make sure that your arm is directed from your side and not towards your backside. Rotating your arms towards your side can decrease your power and ability to generate power. You need to have a strong grip to control your arm’s rotation. A weak grip can be extremely dangerous as it could cause you to miss the ball or it could cause you to overextend your arm. This could result in injury.
The angle of your stance is also an important aspect to ensure the grip you have. The majority of tennis players are right-handed and wear their right hand slung across the body. For those who are just beginning their left arm is usually slung across their body. Most coaches recommend that you hold the club in the neutral grip or similar to a baseball posture. The club should be held in a neutral position will ensure that you don’t have a non-dominant arm when you swing.
Tennis players with open stance forehands tend to have issues with their forearms. When players with an open stance forehand, they tend to twist their wrists and do not have a good grip. This problem can be solved by holding the racket with a neutral grip. Closed grips are best for tennis players with an open forehand. This can be accomplished by placing the racket on your head while your knees are bent and your elbows are locked.
Tennis players who are non-dominant hand should hold the racket above their head and above their shoulders. The racket should be facing your crotch if a right handed player and the racket should be pointing towards your waist if a left handed player. This will prevent the over-the head swing and the under-the shoulder swing from occurring. Keep your wrists straight when you swing. Also, ensure that you don’t allow any side of your body too much room.