Tennis is one of the most loved sports played in the world. Tennis is a sport that anyone can play, from beginners to pros. Tennis players can be divided into two broad categories based on their ability to hit the ball more and higher than a backhand or forehand. Most times, tennis players struggle with hitting forehands because they aren’t aware of how to use the right muscles for their forehands or in the right order to hit powerful forehands. Tennis players also struggle with their backhands due lack of understanding about how to position themselves in order to hit a good backhand down the court. Therefore, these two important areas of the game need to be addressed by those who wish to be a pro at the sport.
A successful tennis swing is contingent on the grip you use. Many beginners make the mistake of gripping the racket too tightly or too loosely and end up missing the ball or making an incorrect contact or having the racket fall off while they swing at the ball. The best way to strike the ball correctly is to keep the racket correctly in the right position.
The other thing you need to be aware of is that your forehand swing should be straight from the beginning and then curve toward the top of your body when you get to the top of your follow through. This is called a high arc or cut shot. A low arc or hook would start out with the more natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These factors can affect the type of shots that you need to master. For example, if you are practicing a technique that is known as the bank shot, your forehand’s swing path will naturally shift towards the top as you move closer to the ball.
Keep your shoulders in line with the ball when you swing. This will ensure that your shoulders remain in constant contact with the ball which allows your arms to swing with ease. When you move your arms, your shoulders should not leave the socket of your racquet. If this happens, it can be extremely difficult to capture the ball.
When you approach the ball, make sure that your arm is directed from your side and not to your backside. Rotating your arm towards your side can reduce your power and ability to generate power. In order to get your arm to rotate correctly you need to be able to grip the club. A weak grip can lead to injury. It can cause you miss the ball, or cause you to overextend your arms. This can result in injuries.
Another important aspect in the proper grip is the angle you stand at. The majority of tennis players are right-handed and have their left hand slung across the body. For beginners, their left arm is usually slung over their body. Most coaches advise that you hold the club in an open grip or like a baseball position. The club should be held in a neutral position will ensure that you don’t have an arm that is not dominant during your swing.
Tennis players with open stance forehands tend to have problems with their forearms. If a player has an open-stance forehand, they tend to over-turn their wrists and do not have a proper grip. A great solution to this issue is to hold the racket using an even 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 have a non-dominant hand should hold the racket in front of their head and over their shoulders. The racket should be facing your crotch in case you are an right-handed player and the racket should be pointing towards your waist if you’re left handed. This will prevent the head-over-head swing or the under-shoulder swing from occurring. When you swing, keep your wrists straight and lower your hips so that you do not give either side of your body any space to swing.