Tennis is a very popular sport. Everyone can play tennis, from beginners to professionals. Tennis players can be divided into two broad categories based on their ability level to hit the ball farther and higher than a backhand or forehand. Most often, tennis players have difficulty with hitting forehands because they do not know how to use the right muscles for their forehands and in what order to hit strong forehands. Tennis players also struggle with their backhands due insufficient knowledge about how to position themselves to hit a good backhand down the court. These two areas are vital to the sport and must be addressed.
The grip is the most critical element of a successful tennis swing. Many beginners make the error of holding their racket in a way that is too loose or tight and then miss the ball, making poor contact or having their racket slip when they hit 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.
Another important thing to be aware of is that your forehand’s swing path should begin straight and then curve towards the top of your body as you reach the top of your follow-through. This is referred to as cut shots or high arc. A hook with a low angle will have an inherent wrist hinge as well as wrist extension. These aspects will determine what type of shots you should be practicing. If you are practicing the bank shot technique the forehand swing course will naturally curve towards the top as you get closer to the ball.
Keep your shoulders in line with the ball whenever you swing. This will ensure that your shoulders remain in constant contact with your ball, allowing your arms to swing with ease. Keep in mind that the shoulders should never move away from the socket or the tennis racquet during your swing. If this happens, it could be very difficult to capture the ball.
When you are approaching the ball, ensure that your arm is pointing from your side and not to your backside. By putting your arm on your side actually weakens your ability to generate power and create a great backswing. You need a solid grip to control your arm’s movement. A weak grip could cause injuries. It can cause you not to hit the ball, or cause you to overextend your arms. This could lead to injuries.
Another important aspect in the correct grip is the angle you stand at. The majority of tennis players are right-handed and wear their right hand slung across the body. For beginners, their left arm is usually carried across their body. Most coaches suggest holding the club with a neutral grip, or in a similar way to a baseball grip. Holding the club in a neutral posture will ensure that you don’t have an arm that is not dominant during your swing.
Forehand tennis players who have an open stance are more likely to have issues with their forearms. Forehand players with an open stance are more likely to have issues with their grip. This issue can be fixed by holding the racket in a neutral grip. Closed grips are best for players with an open forehand. This can be accomplished by putting the racket behind your head, while your knees are bent and your elbows are locked.
Tennis players who have a dominant hand should move the racket above their head and then over their shoulder. The racket should point towards your crotch if a right handed player and should be facing your waist if a left handed player. This will stop the over-the head swing and the under-the-shoulder swing from occurring. When you swing keep your wrists straight and down your hips so that you do not give either side of your body any space to swing.