Tennis is among the most popular sports played in the world. It is a sport anyone can play, from beginners to professional. Tennis players can be grouped into two broad categories based on their to hit the ball farther and higher than a backhand or forehand. Most times, tennis players struggle with hitting forehands because they do not know how to engage the correct muscles for their forehands and in which order to hit powerful forehands. Tennis players also have trouble with their backhands because of insufficient knowledge about how to position themselves to hit a solid backhand down the court. These two areas are crucial to the sport and must be addressed.
A successful tennis swing is contingent on the grip you use. Many new players make the mistake of gripping the racket to tightly or loosely, and end up either hitting the ball too far or making an incorrect contact or having the racket break off when they swing at the ball. Holding the racket the right way will give you the best opportunity to hit the ball accurately every time.
Another thing to keep in mind is that your forehand’s swing path should be straight. When you reach the top of your follow-through, your forehand’s path should curve towards your top. This is called a high arc or cut shot. A hook with a low arc will have an inherent wrist hinge as well as wrist extension. These aspects will determine what kind of shots you need to be practicing. For instance, if you are practicing a technique that is known as the bank shot, your forehand swing path will naturally move towards the top as you get closer to the ball.
Be sure to keep your shoulders squared with the ball. This helps keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball even as your arms are free to move. While you swing, your shoulders must not move away from the racquet’s socket. If this happens, it will be extremely difficult to catch the ball.
When you are approaching the ball, ensure to move your arm to your side, not your backside. Rotating your arms to the side could reduce your power and your ability to generate power. To get your arm to rotate correctly you need to have a strong grip on the club. Having a weak grip can be very dangerous because it can cause you to miss the ball or it could cause you to extend your arm. This can lead to injury.
Another important aspect in the correct grip is the angle you stand at. Most tennis beginners are right-handed and have their right arm slung across their body. For those who are just beginning the left arm is typically carried across their body. The majority of coaches advise using a neutral grip or in a manner similar to a baseball posture. A neutral grip will prevent you from hitting with an arm that isn’t dominant.
Forehand tennis players with open stances are more likely to have problems with their forearms. When players with an open-stance forehand, they tend to twist their wrists, and they do not have a good grip. One way to address this problem is to hold the racket using an even grip. Closed grips are best for tennis players with an open forehand. This can be done by putting the racket behind your head while your knees are bent and your elbows are locked.
Tennis players who are non-dominant hand should hold the racket in front of their head and over their shoulders. The racket should face your crotch if you are an right-handed player, and it should face your waist if you’re left-handed. This will prevent the over-the-head swing or the under-the-shoulder swing from happening. When you swing keep your wrists straight, and keep them down your hips to ensure that you don’t allow either side of your body any space to swing.