Tennis is a hugely popular sport. Everyone can play tennis from beginners to pros. Tennis players can be classified into two broad categories based on their ability level to hit the ball further and higher than a forehand or a backhand. Most often, tennis players struggle with their forehands as they aren’t aware of how to properly engage the proper muscles for their forehands or in what order to hit strong forehands. Tennis players also struggle with their backhands due to lack of knowledge on how to properly position themselves to hit a strong backhand down the court. This is why these two essential areas of the game need to be addressed by those who want to be a pro at the game.
A successful tennis swing is dependent on your grip. Many beginners make the mistake of gripping the racket too tight or loose and end up missing the ball or making an incorrect contact or having the racket fall off while they swing at the ball. By holding the racket in the correct way will give you the best chance to strike the ball correctly every time.
Another thing to keep in mind is that your forehand’s swing path should be straight. When you reach the top end of your follow-through, your forehand’s path should curve towards your top. This is known as cut shots or high arc. A low arc or hook starts with a more natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These factors will determine the kind of shots you should be practicing. For instance, if you are practicing a technique referred to as the bank shot your forehand’s swing path will naturally shift towards the top as you get closer to the ball.
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. Keep in mind that the shoulders should never leave the socket or your racquet when you swing. It could make it extremely difficult to capture the ball in the event that this happens.
When you are approaching the ball, make sure that your arm is pointing from your side and not towards your backside. Rotating your arm on your side actually weakens your ability to generate energy and create a great backswing. In order to get your arm to move properly it is essential to have a strong grip on the club. A weak grip could result in injuries. It could cause you to miss the ball, or cause you to overextend your arms. This could result in injuries.
Another crucial aspect of the correct grip is the angle you stand at. Tennis beginners tend to be right-handed and have their left hand draped across their body. For those who are just beginning their left arm is usually slung over their body. Most coaches advise that you hold the club with the neutral grip or similar to a baseball position. A neutral grip can stop you from swinging with an arm that isn’t dominant.
Open stance forehand tennis players tend to have issues with their forearms. Forehands with an open stance tend to have issues with their grip. A great solution to this issue is to hold the racket using a neutral grip. Tennis players with an open stance forehand must try to use a closed grip. This can be achieved by placing the racket behind your skull, with your knees bent and your elbows locked.
Tennis players that have a dominant hand should move the racket above their head and then over their shoulder. The racket should point towards your crotch if you are left handed, and it should face your waist if you are left-handed. This will prevent the over-the head swing as well as the under-the-shoulder swing from happening. Keep your wrists straight when you swing. Also, make sure you don’t allow any side of your body too much room.