Tennis is one of the most popular sports played in the world. Anyone can play tennis, from beginners to professionals. Tennis players can be classified into two broad categories based on their to hit the ball more and higher than a backhand or forehand. Most times, tennis players struggle when they hit forehands due to the fact that they don’t know how to properly use the right muscles for their forehands, and in which order to hit powerful forehands. Tennis players also have trouble with their backhands due to lack of knowledge on how to position themselves to hit a good backhand down the court. Therefore, these two important areas of the game need to be addressed by those who wish to excel at the sport.
The grip is the most important aspect of an effective tennis swing. Many new players make the mistake of gripping the racket to tightly or loosely and end up missing the ball or making an incorrect contact or having the racket fall off when they swing at the ball. The best way to strike the ball correctly is to keep the racket in the correct position.
Another important thing to remember is that your forehand swing path should be straight. As you get closer to the top end of your follow-through, your forehand’s path should be curved towards your top. This is called cut shots or high arc. A hook with a low arc would have a natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These factors can affect the type of shots that you need to master. For instance, if, for example, you are practicing a technique known as the bank shot your forehand’s swing path will naturally turn toward the top as you get closer to the ball.
Remember to always swing with your shoulders aligned with the ball. This will ensure that your shoulders are in constant contact with the ball, allowing your arms to swing with ease. While you move your arms, your shoulders should not be able to leave the racquet’s socket. This can make it extremely difficult to catch the ball when this occurs.
As you approach the ball, be sure to move your arm to your side, not your backside. The arm that is rotated on your side actually weakens your ability to generate energy and create a great backswing. You need a solid grip to control your arm’s rotation. A weak grip can be very dangerous because it can cause you to be unable to catch the ball, or it could cause you to overextend your arm. This could cause injury.
Another key factor in the correct grip is the angle of your stance. Most tennis players are right handed and carry their right arm across their body. For those who are just beginning the left arm is usually slung across their body. The majority of coaches advise holding the club with a neutral grip, or in a manner similar to a baseball posture. Holding the club in a neutral position will help prevent you from having an arm that is not dominant when you swing.
Forehand tennis players with open stances are more likely to have issues with their forearms. When players with an open stance forehand they tend to twist their wrists and do not have a good grip. One way to address this problem is to hold the racket with a neutral grip. Tennis players with an open stance forehand should attempt to hold the racket with a closed grip. This can be accomplished 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 move the racket over their head and above their shoulders. If you’re a right-handed player the racket should point towards your crotch. If you’re a lefthanded player, it should be facing towards your waist. This will prevent the over-the head swing and the under-the shoulder swing from happening. Keep your wrists straight while you swing. Also, make sure you don’t give any part of your body too much space.