Tennis is a hugely popular sport. It is a sport anyone can play, from beginners to pros. Tennis players can be grouped into two broad categories based on their level to hit the ball further and higher than a backhand or forehand. Most often, tennis players struggle with their forehands as they don’t know how to properly use the right muscles for their forehands, and in the right order to hit powerful forehands. Tennis players also struggle with their backhands due to insufficient knowledge about how to properly position themselves to hit a good backhand down the court. These two areas are essential to the game and must be addressed.
A successful tennis swing is dependent on your grip. Many new players make the mistake of holding the racket too loose or tight and end up missing the ball, making poor contact or having their racket slip when they hit the ball. Holding the racket the right way will provide you with the best chance to hit the ball in the right way every time.
The other important factor to keep in mind is that your forehand’s swing path should be straight from the beginning and then curve towards the top of your body as you approach the top of your follow through. This is called a high arc or cut shot. A hook with a low arc would have an natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These aspects will affect the type of shots that you need to master. For instance, if 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.
Always keep your shoulders aligned with the ball. This helps to keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball while your arms swing freely. Remember that your shoulders should never be removed from the socket or racquet while you are swinging. If this happens, it could be extremely difficult to take the ball back.
When you get close to the ball, make sure to move your arm to your side, not your backside. Rotating your arm to the side will weaken your ability to generate power and create a great backswing. To allow your arm to rotate properly, you must have a strong grip on the club. A weak grip could lead to injuries. It can cause you miss the ball, or cause you to overextend your arms. This can result in injury.
Another crucial aspect of 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 beginner players is often carried over their body. The majority of coaches advise holding the club with an even grip, or in a similar way to a baseball posture. Holding the club in a neutral position can ensure that you don’t have a non-dominant arm when you swing.
Tennis players with open stance forehand are more likely to have problems with their forearms. When players with an open stance forehand, they tend to over-turn their wrists and not have a proper grip. This issue can be fixed by holding the racket with a neutral grip. Tennis players with open stance forehand should attempt to have a closed grip. This can be done by placing the racket on 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 above their shoulders. The racket should point towards your crotch in case you are an right-handed player and should be facing your waist if left handed. This will stop the over-the head swing as well as the under-the-shoulder swing from happening. When you swing keep your wrists straight and lower your hips, making sure you don’t give either side of your body any space to swing.