Tennis is a very popular sport. Everyone can play tennis from beginners to pros. Tennis players can be grouped into two broad categories based on their ability to hit the ball further and higher than a forehand or backhand. Most times, tennis players struggle when they hit forehands due to the fact that they do not know how to properly use the right muscles for their forehands and in which order to hit powerful forehands. Likewise, tennis players also struggle with their backhands as they do not know enough about the proper way to set themselves up to hit a great backhand down the court. These two areas are vital to the game and must be addressed.
A successful tennis swing is contingent on the grip you use. Many beginners make the mistake of holding the racket in a way that is too loose or tight and then miss the ball making poor contact, or having their racket slip when they hit the ball. The best way to strike the ball correctly is to hold the racket in the correct position.
Another important thing to remember is that your forehand’s path should be straight. When you reach the top of your follow-through, your forehand swing path should be curved towards your top. This is called cut shots or high arc. A low arc or hook starts with the more natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These factors will determine the type of shots you should be practicing. 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 get closer to the ball.
Keep your shoulders in line with the ball as you swing. This will ensure that your shoulders are always in contact with the ball which allows your arms to swing freely. When you swing, your shoulders should not move away from 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 move your arm to your side, not your backside. Moving your arm to the side could reduce your power and your ability to generate power. You must have a strong grip to control the rotation of your arm. A weak grip can cause injuries. It can cause you not to hit the ball or cause you overextend your arms. This can lead to injury.
The angle of your stance is another important factor in ensuring a good grip. Most tennis beginners are right handed and have their right arm slung across their bodies. For those who are just beginning the left arm is typically carried over their body. Most coaches advise that you hold the club in the neutral grip or similar to a baseball position. A neutral grip can stop you from swinging with an arm that isn’t dominant.
Forehand tennis players with open stances are more likely to have problems with their forearms. If a player has an open stance forehand, they tend to over-turn their wrists and not have a good grip. This issue can be fixed by holding the racket in an upright grip. Closed grips are ideal for tennis players who have an open forehand. This can be achieved by placing the racket in front of your skull, with your knees bent, and keeping your elbows locked.
Tennis players who have a dominant hand should move the racket over their heads and over their shoulder. If you’re a right handed player the racket should point towards 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. Keep your wrists straight while you swing. Also, ensure you don’t allow any side of your body too much room.