Tennis is a hugely popular sport. It is a sport anyone can play from beginners to pros. There are two primary categories of tennis players. They are classified based on their ability to hit the ball farther than a backhand or forehand. Tennis players often struggle to hit forehands due the lack of knowledge on how to effectively engage their muscles in order to hit strong forehands. Tennis players also struggle with their backhands due to lack of understanding about how to properly position themselves to hit a good backhand down the court. This is why these two essential aspects of the game have to be addressed by those who wish to excel at the sport.
The grip is the most critical aspect of an effective tennis swing. Many beginners make the mistake of holding the racket too loose or tight and end up missing the ball and making poor contact or having their racket slip when they hit the ball. The best method to hit the ball correctly is to keep the racket in the proper position.
Another important thing to keep in mind is that your forehand swing path should start out straight and then curve upwards towards the top of your body as you reach the top of your follow through. 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 what kind of shots you need to be practicing. For example, if you are practicing a technique that is known as the bank shot, your forehand swing path will naturally turn toward the top as you move closer to the ball.
Be sure to keep your shoulders aligned with the ball. This will ensure that your shoulders remain in constant contact with the ball which allows your arms to swing with ease. Be aware that your shoulders must never be removed from the socket or racquet while you are swinging. If this happens, it could be extremely difficult to capture the ball.
When you get close to the ball, make sure to rotate your arm from your side, not from your backside. Moving your arm to your side can actually decrease your power and ability generate power. To get your arm to move properly you need to have a strong grip on the club. A weak grip could lead to injuries. It could cause you to not to hit the ball or cause you overextend your arms. This could cause injuries.
The angle of your stance is another important factor in ensuring an effective grip. Most tennis players are right-handed and have their right arm slung across their body. For beginners, their left arm is typically carried across their body. Most coaches recommend using a neutral grip, or a style similar to a baseball grip. Holding the club in a neutral posture will ensure that you don’t have a non-dominant arm when you swing.
Open stance forehand tennis players tend to have problems with their forearms. If players have an open stance forehand they tend to over-turn their wrists and do not have a good grip. A great solution to this issue is to hold the racket with an even grip. Closed grips are ideal for players with an open forehand. This can be achieved by placing the racket on your head while your knees are bent and your elbows are locked.
Tennis players that have a non-dominant hand should swing the racket over their head and over their shoulders. The racket should face your crotch in case you are left handed and should be facing your waist if left-handed. 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 any space to swing.