Tennis is a very popular sport. Everyone can play tennis, from beginners to pros. Tennis players can be divided into two broad categories based on their skill level to hit the ball more and higher than a backhand or forehand. Most times, tennis players struggle with their forehands as they don’t know how to engage the correct muscles for their forehands and in which order to hit powerful forehands. Tennis players also have trouble with their backhands due insufficient knowledge about how to position themselves to hit a strong backhand down the court. These two areas are essential to the sport and must be addressed.
A successful tennis swing depends on the grip you use. Many beginners make the error of gripping the racket too tightly or too loosely and end up not hitting the ball or making a poor contact or having the racket fall off when they swing at the ball. The best way to strike the ball correctly is to keep the racket correctly in the right 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 swing path should be curved towards your top. This is called cut shots or high arc. A low arc or hook starts with the more natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These factors will determine the kind of shots you need to be practicing. If you are working on the bank shot technique the forehand swing is likely to curve towards the top as it gets closer to the ball.
Always keep your shoulders squared with the ball. This will keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball as your arms are free to move. When you swing, your shoulders must not move away from the socket of your racquet. If this happens, it can be very difficult to take the ball back.
When you are approaching the ball, ensure to rotate your arm from your side, not your backside. Rotating your arm to the side will weaken your ability to generate power and create a great backswing. You must have a strong grip to control the rotation of your arm. A weak grip can be extremely dangerous as it can cause you miss the ball or it could cause you to extend your arm. This can result in injuries.
The angle of your stance is an important factor in ensuring an effective grip. Most tennis players are right handed and carry their right arm across their body. The left arm of newbies is often slung across their body. Most coaches advise that you hold the club in the neutral grip or similar to a baseball position. A neutral grip will stop you from hitting with an arm that isn’t dominant.
Forehand tennis players with open stances tend to have issues with their forearms. If players have an open stance forehand they tend to over-turn their wrists and not have a proper grip. This issue can be resolved by holding the racket in an upright grip. Closed grips are the best choice for tennis players who have an open forehand. This can be achieved by putting the racket behind your head, while your knees are bent and your elbows are locked.
Tennis players who are non-dominant hand should hold the racket over their head and above their shoulders. The racket should point towards your crotch if left handed and should be facing your waist if a left handed player. This will help prevent either the swing that is over the head or the swing under the shoulder from happening. Keep your wrists straight when you swing. Also, make sure you don’t give any part of your body too much room.