Tennis is a hugely popular sport. Tennis is a game that everyone can play, from beginners to professional. Tennis players can be classified into two broad categories based on their ability level to hit the ball further and higher than a backhand or forehand. Tennis players often struggle to hit forehands due the lack of knowledge on how to properly engage their muscles and in what order to hit strong forehands. In the same way, tennis players struggle with backhands because they aren’t aware about the proper way to properly position themselves for a perfect backhand on the court. This is why these two essential areas of the game need to be addressed by those who wish to excel at the game.
The grip is the most important element of an effective tennis swing. Many new players 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. By holding the racket in the correct way will provide you with the best chance to hit the ball accurately every time.
Another important thing to be aware of is that your forehand swing should begin straight and then curve upwards towards the top of your body as you reach the top of your follow-through. This is referred to as cut shots or high arc. A hook with a low arc would start out with the more natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These factors will determine what kind of shots you should be practicing. If you are practicing the bank shot technique your forehand’s swing course will naturally curve towards the top as you get closer to the ball.
Always keep your shoulders in line with the ball as you swing. This helps keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball even as your arms are free to move. Remember that your shoulders must never leave the socket or your tennis racquet during your swing. If this happens, it will be extremely difficult to take the ball back.
When approaching the ball, make sure that your arm is pointed towards your side, and not your backside. Rotating your arm to the side could reduce your power and ability generate power. In order to get your arm to rotate correctly, you must hold a firm grip on the club. A weak grip could be extremely dangerous as it can cause you miss the ball or it could cause you to overextend your arm. This could result in injuries.
Another crucial aspect of the proper grip is the angle you stand at. Most tennis beginners are right-handed and have their right arm stretched across their bodies. For those who are just beginning the left arm is usually slung across their body. Most coaches suggest using a neutral grip or a style similar to a baseball position. A neutral grip will prevent you from swinging with an arm that is not dominant.
Forehand tennis players who have an open stance tend to have problems with their forearms. Forehands with an open stance tend to have issues with their grip. A great solution to this problem is to hold the racket with an even grip. Closed grips are ideal for tennis players with 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 handed should swing the racket over their head and over their shoulders. The racket should point towards your crotch if you are a right handed player and the racket should be pointing towards your waist if a left handed player. This will prevent the over the head swing and the under-the-shoulder swing from happening. When you swing keep your wrists straight, and keep them down your hips, making sure you don’t give either side of your body a chance to swing.