Tennis is a hugely popular sport. Tennis is a game that anyone can play, from beginners to professionals. There are two primary categories of tennis players. They are classified based on their ability to hit the ball farther than a forehand or backhand. Most often, tennis players struggle when they hit forehands due to the fact that they aren’t aware of how to use the right muscles for their forehands and in the right order to hit powerful forehands. In the same way, tennis players struggle with their backhands as they don’t know enough about how to position themselves to hit a perfect backhand on the court. These two areas are crucial to the game and must be addressed.
The grip is the most important element of an effective 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 having the racket fall off while they are swinging 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 important factor to remember is that your forehand’s swing path should start out straight and then curve toward the top of your body as you approach the top of your follow-through. This is known as cut or high arc shot. A hook with a low arc would have an inherent wrist hinge as well as wrist extension. These factors can affect the type of shots you need to master. If you are practicing the bank shot technique your forehand’s swing is likely to curve towards the top as you get 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 as your arms are free to move. Be aware that your shoulders should never be removed from the socket or racquet when you swing. This can make it extremely difficult to capture the ball when this happens.
When you are approaching the ball, ensure to move your arm to your side, not your backside. Moving your arm to your side can actually decrease your power and ability to generate power. To allow your arm to rotate properly you need to hold a firm grip on the club. A weak grip could result in injury. It can cause you lose the ball or cause you to overextend your arms. This can lead to injuries.
The angle of your stance is another important factor in ensuring an effective grip. Tennis beginners tend to be right-handed and have their right hand spread across their body. The left arm of beginner players is usually slung over their body. Most coaches suggest using a neutral grip or in a similar way to a baseball grip. A neutral grip will prevent you from hitting with an arm that isn’t dominant.
Forehand tennis players with open stances are more likely to have issues with their forearms. If players have an open stance forehand they tend to over-turn their wrists and do not have a good grip. This issue can be resolved by holding the racket with a neutral grip. Closed grips are ideal for tennis players with an open forehand. This can be achieved by placing the racket on your head while your knees are bent and your elbows are locked.
Tennis players who have a hand that is not dominant should swing the racket above their head and over their shoulders. If you’re a right-handed player the racket should point towards your crotch. If you’re a left-handed player, it should face towards your waist. This will help prevent either the swing that is over the head or the swing under the shoulder from happening. When you swing keep your wrists straight and down your hips so that you don’t give either side of your body a chance to swing.