Tennis is one of the most played sports in the world. Everyone can play tennis from beginners to the pros. Tennis players can be grouped into two broad categories based on their ability level to hit the ball more and higher than a forehand or a backhand. Most often, tennis players have difficulty with hitting forehands because they don’t know how to properly use the right muscles for their forehands and in which order to hit powerful forehands. In the same way, tennis players struggle with backhands because they aren’t aware about the proper way to position themselves to hit a perfect backhand on the court. So, these two crucial 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 beginners make the mistake of holding the racket too tight or loosely and then miss the ball, making poor contact or letting their racket slide when they swing at the ball. Holding the racket the right way will give you the best chance to hit the ball accurately every time.
Another important thing to remember is that your forehand swing should be straight from the beginning and then curve toward the top of your body as you reach the top of your follow-through. This is called a high arc or cut shot. A low arc or hook would start out with a more natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These aspects will affect the type of shots that you should be learning. For instance, if, for example, you are practicing a technique known as the bank shot your forehand swing will naturally turn toward the top as you move closer to the ball.
Be sure to keep your shoulders in line with the ball. This will ensure that your shoulders are in constant contact with the ball which allows your arms to swing freely. Keep in mind that the shoulders must never move away from the socket or the tennis racquet during your swing. If this happens, it could be extremely difficult to catch the ball.
As you approach the ball, ensure to move your arm to your side, not your backside. Rotating your arm on your side actually weakens the ability of your arm to generate power and generate a good backswing. You need a solid grip to control the rotation of your arm. A weak grip could cause injury. It can cause you lose the ball or cause you to overextend your arms. This can result in injuries.
Another key factor in the proper grip is the angle you stand at. Tennis beginners tend to be right-handed and have their right hand slung across the body. The left arm of beginners is often carried over their body. Most coaches recommend holding the club with a neutral grip, or a style similar to a baseball position. A neutral grip will prevent you from hitting with an arm that is not dominant.
Forehand tennis players who have an open stance are more likely to have issues with their forearms. Forehands with an open stance tend to have problems with their grip. A great solution to this problem is to hold the racket using a neutral grip. Closed grips are ideal for tennis players who have an open forehand. This can be accomplished by placing the racket over your head, while your knees are bent and your elbows are locked.
Tennis players who are non-dominant handed should swing the racket over their head and over their shoulders. The racket should face your crotch in case you are a right handed player and should be facing your waist if you are left-handed. This will prevent the over-the head swing and the under-the shoulder swing from happening. Keep your wrists straight while you swing. Also, make sure you don’t give any side of your body too much room.