Tennis is among the most played sports in the world. Everyone can play tennis from beginners to professionals. Tennis players can be grouped into two broad categories based on their skill level to hit the ball further and higher than a forehand or a backhand. Most often, tennis players struggle with hitting forehands because they don’t know how to properly engage the proper muscles for their forehands or in the right order to hit powerful forehands. Tennis players also struggle with their backhands due lack of knowledge on how to position themselves in order to hit a strong backhand down the court. This is why these two essential areas of the game need to be addressed by those who want to be successful in the sport.
The grip is the most critical aspect of the successful tennis swing. Many beginners make the error of holding the racket too tight or loosely and then miss the ball, making poor contact or having their racket slip when they swing at the ball. By holding the racket in the correct way will give you the best opportunity to strike the ball correctly every time.
The other thing you need to be aware of is that your forehand swing path should start out straight and then curve towards the top of your body when you get to the top of your follow through. This is called cut shots or high arc. A hook with a low arc will have an natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These aspects will affect the type of shots you need to master. If you’re practicing the bank shot technique, your forehand swing path will naturally curve toward the top as you get closer to the ball.
Always keep your shoulders in line with the ball whenever you swing. This will keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball while your arms move freely. Remember that your shoulders must not move away from the socket or the tennis racquet during your swing. This can make it extremely difficult to capture the ball in the event that this occurs.
When you are approaching the ball, make sure that your arm is pointing from your side and not towards your backside. Rotating your arm to the side could reduce your power and your ability to generate power. You need to have a strong grip to control your arm’s movement. A weak grip could be dangerous since it can cause you be unable to catch the ball, or it can cause you to overextend your arm. This can result in injury.
The angle of your stance is another important aspect to ensure the grip you have. Tennis beginners tend to be right-handed and have their right hand draped across their body. For those who are just beginning the left arm is typically carried across their body. Most coaches recommend holding the club with an even grip, or a style similar to a baseball position. A neutral grip will stop you from hitting with an arm that isn’t dominant.
Tennis players with open stance forehands tend to have issues with their forearms. Forehand players with an open stance are more likely to have problems with their grip. This issue can be fixed by using a neutral grip. Tennis players with open stance forehand must try to have a closed grip. This can be achieved by placing the racket behind your skull, with your knees bent and your elbows locked.
Tennis players that have a non-dominant hand should swing the racket over their heads and over their shoulder. The racket should be facing your crotch if a right handed player and should be facing your waist if you’re a left handed player. This will prevent the swing that is over the head or the under-the-shoulder swing from occurring. When you swing, keep your wrists straight and down your hips to ensure that you don’t allow either side of your body any space to swing.