Tennis is a hugely popular sport. Tennis is a game that anyone can play, from beginners to pros. Tennis players can be classified into two broad categories based on their skill level to hit the ball further and higher than a forehand or backhand. Most often, tennis players have difficulty with hitting forehands because they don’t know how to properly use the right muscles for their forehands and in which order to hit powerful forehands. Also, tennis players struggle with their backhands as they aren’t aware about how to position themselves to hit a great backhand down the court. Therefore, these two important areas of the game must to be addressed by those who wish to excel at the sport.
The grip is the most crucial aspect of an effective tennis swing. Many new players make the mistake of holding the racket too loose or tight and then miss the ball, making poor contact or letting their racket slide when they swing at the ball. By holding the racket in the correct way will give you the best opportunity to hit the ball in the right way every time.
Another important thing to remember 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 known as cut or high arc shot. A low arc or hook would start out with an easier wrist hinge and wrist extension. These aspects will affect the kind of shots you need to master. If you are practicing the bank shot technique, your forehand swing path will naturally curve toward the top as you get closer to the ball.
Keep your shoulders in line with the ball whenever you swing. 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 socket of your racquet. If this happens, it can be very difficult to take the ball back.
When you are approaching the ball, ensure to rotate your arm from your side, not from your backside. By putting your arm on your side actually weakens the ability of your arm to generate power and create a great backswing. You need a solid grip to control your arm’s movement. A weak grip could be extremely dangerous as it could cause you to be unable to catch the ball, or it could cause you to overextend your arm. This can lead to injuries.
Another crucial aspect of the proper grip is the angle you stand at. Tennis beginners tend to be right-handed and have their left hand draped across their body. For those who are just beginning their left arm is typically carried across their body. The majority of coaches advise using an even grip, or in a similar way to a baseball position. By 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 a player has an open-stance forehand, they tend to twist their wrists and not have a proper grip. This issue can be fixed by using an upright grip. Tennis players who have open stance forehand must try to have a closed grip. This can be achieved by placing the racket on your skull, your knees bent and your elbows locked.
Tennis players that have a dominant hand should move the racket over their head and then over their shoulder. 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 stop the over-the head swing and the under-the-shoulder swing from happening. Keep your wrists straight when you swing. Also, ensure that you don’t give any part of your body too much room.