Tennis is one of the most played sports in the world. Everyone can play tennis, from beginners to pros. Tennis players can be grouped into two broad categories based on their to hit the ball further and higher than a forehand or backhand. Tennis players often struggle to hit forehands because of the lack of knowledge on how to properly engage their muscles and what is the best way to hit powerful forehands. Tennis players also have trouble with their backhands because of lack of knowledge on how to properly position themselves to hit a good backhand down the court. So, these two crucial 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 an effective tennis swing. Many new players make the mistake of gripping the racket to tightly or too loosely and end up not hitting the ball or making an incorrect contact or even having the racket fall off while they swing at the ball. The best way to hit the ball correctly is to keep the racket in the proper position.
Another thing to keep in mind is that your forehand’s path should be straight. As you approach the top of your follow-through, your forehand’s swing path should be curved towards your top. This is called cut or high arc shot. A hook with a low angle will have an natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These aspects will determine what kind of shots you should be practicing. For instance, if you are practicing a technique known as the bank shot your forehand swing will naturally shift towards the top as you get closer to the ball.
Keep your shoulders in line with the ball when you swing. This will ensure that your shoulders are always in contact with the ball, allowing your arms to swing freely. Keep in mind that the shoulders must never be removed from the socket or tennis racquet during your swing. If this happens, it can be very difficult to capture the ball.
As you approach the ball, make sure to rotate your arm from your side, not from your backside. Rotating your arm to the side could reduce your power and ability to generate power. You must have a strong grip to control the rotation of your arm. A weak grip can lead to injuries. It could cause you to miss the ball, or cause you to overextend your arms. This can result in injury.
The angle of your stance is also an important factor in ensuring an effective grip. Tennis beginners are typically right-handed and have their right hand slung across the body. For beginners their left arm is usually carried across their body. Most coaches advise that you hold the club with a neutral grip or similar to a baseball position. A neutral grip can stop you from swinging with an arm that is not dominant.
Open stance forehand tennis players tend to have issues with their forearms. If a player has an open stance forehand they tend to twist their wrists and do not have a good grip. This problem can be solved by holding the racket in a neutral grip. Closed grips are best for tennis players who have an open forehand. This can be achieved by placing the racket behind your skull, your knees bent, and keeping your elbows locked.
Tennis players that have a hand that is not dominant should swing the racket over their heads and over their shoulders. If you’re a right-handed player the racket should be facing your crotch. If you’re a left-handed player, the racket should be pointing towards your waist. This will prevent the over-the head swing and the under-the shoulder swing from occurring. When you swing keep your wrists straight and lower your hips so that you don’t give either side of your body a chance to swing.