Tennis is one of the most played sports played in the world. Anyone can play tennis, from beginners to the pros. There are two primary types of tennis players. They are classified based on their ability to hit the ball farther than a backhand or forehand. Most often, tennis players struggle when they hit forehands due to the fact that they don’t know how to properly engage the proper muscles for their forehands or in what order to hit strong forehands. Tennis players also struggle with their backhands because of lack of understanding about how to position themselves to hit a solid backhand down the court. These two areas are vital to the sport and must be addressed.
The grip is the most important element of a successful tennis swing. Many new players make the mistake of gripping the racket too tight or loose, and end up either missing the ball or making an incorrect contact or having the racket fall off when they swing at the ball. Holding the racket the right way will give you the best opportunity to hit the ball in the right way every time.
Another thing to keep in mind is that your forehand swing path should be straight. As you approach the top end of your follow-through, your forehand’s swing path should curve towards your top. This is called cut shots or high arc. A low arc or hook starts with a more natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These factors will determine what type of shots you should be practicing. If you are practicing the bank shot technique the forehand swing path will naturally curve toward the top as it gets closer to the ball.
Always keep your shoulders in line with the ball. This will ensure that your shoulders remain in constant contact with the ball, allowing your arms to move freely. Be aware that your shoulders must never leave the socket or your tennis racquet during your swing. If this happens, it could be very difficult to take the ball back.
As you approach the ball, be sure to move your arm to your side, not your backside. Rotating your arm to your side can actually decrease your power and ability to generate power. You need a solid grip to control the rotation of your arm. A weak grip can be very dangerous because it can cause you lose the ball or can cause you to overextend your arm. This can lead to injury.
The angle of your stance is an important factor in ensuring a good grip. Most tennis players are right-handed and have their right arm stretched across their bodies. For beginners, their left arm is usually carried across their body. Most coaches advise that you hold the club in an open grip or similar to a baseball position. A neutral grip will stop you from swinging with an arm that is not dominant.
Forehand tennis players who have an open stance are more likely to have problems with their forearms. Open stance forehand players tend to have problems with their grip. One way to address this problem is to hold the racket with a neutral grip. Closed grips are the best choice for tennis players who have an open forehand. This can be done by placing the racket over your head while your knees are bent and your elbows are locked.
Tennis players who have a non-dominant handed should swing the racket above their head and above their shoulders. If you’re a left 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 stop the over-the-head swing or the swing under the shoulder from happening. Keep your wrists straight while you swing. Also, ensure you don’t give any side of your body too much space.