Tennis is a hugely popular sport. Anyone can play tennis, from beginners to pros. Tennis players can be classified into two broad categories based on their to hit the ball more and higher than a backhand or forehand. Most often, tennis players struggle when they hit forehands due to the fact that they aren’t aware of how to properly engage the correct muscles for their forehands or in what order to hit strong forehands. Likewise, tennis players also struggle with backhands due to the fact that they do not know enough about how to position themselves to hit a great backhand down the court. Therefore, these two important aspects of the game have to be addressed by those who want to excel at the game.
The grip is the most important element of the successful tennis swing. Many new players make the mistake of gripping the racket too tight or loose and end up not hitting the ball or making an incorrect contact or having the racket break off when they swing at the ball. Holding the racket the right 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 referred to as cut or high arc shot. A hook with a low arc will have an natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These factors can affect the type of shots you must be learning. If you are working on the bank shot technique the forehand swing path will naturally curve toward the top as you get closer to the ball.
Remember to always swing with your shoulders squared with the ball. This will ensure that your shoulders are always in contact with the ball and allow your arms to swing freely. When you swing, your shoulders must not be able to leave the racquet’s socket. If this happens, it can be extremely difficult to take the ball back.
When you get close to the ball, be sure to rotate your arm from your side, not from your backside. Rotating your arm on your side can weaken the ability of your arm to generate power and create a great backswing. You need a solid grip to control the rotation of your arm. A weak grip could be very dangerous because it can cause you lose the ball or can cause you to overextend your arm. This could result in injuries.
The angle of your stance is an crucial factor to ensure a good grip. Most tennis players are right-handed and carry their right arm across their body. The left arm of beginners is often slung across their body. Most coaches suggest using a neutral grip, or in a manner similar to a baseball posture. A neutral grip will prevent you from hitting with an arm that isn’t dominant.
Tennis players who have open stance forehands tend to have problems with their forearms. If players have an open stance forehand they tend to over-turn their wrists and not have a proper grip. One way to address this problem is to hold the racket with an even grip. Tennis players with an open stance forehands should try to have a closed grip. 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 in front of their head and over their shoulders. If you’re a left handed player the racket should be facing your crotch. If you’re a left-handed player, it should be facing towards your waist. This will stop the over-the head swing and the under-the-shoulder swing from happening. Keep your wrists straight when you swing. Also, make sure you don’t give any side of your body too much space.