Tennis is one of the most loved sports in the world. It is a sport anyone can play, from beginners to pros. Tennis players can be divided into two broad categories based on their level to hit the ball more and higher than a forehand or backhand. Tennis players often struggle to hit forehands because of the lack of knowledge on how to effectively engage their muscles in to do to hit forehands that are strong. Also, tennis players struggle with backhands because they aren’t aware about how to position themselves to hit a great backhand down the court. These two areas are vital to the game and must be addressed.
The grip is the most crucial element of an effective tennis swing. Many beginners make the mistake of holding their racket too tight or loosely and then miss the ball, making poor contact or letting their racket slide when they hit the ball. Holding the racket the right way will provide you with the best chance to hit the ball in the right way every time.
Another important thing to remember is that your forehand swing should be straight from the beginning and then curve towards the top of your body as you reach the top of your follow-through. 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 factors will determine the kind of shots you need to be practicing. If you are working on the bank shot technique, your forehand swing course will naturally curve towards the top as it gets closer to the ball.
Keep your shoulders in line with the ball when 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 should not move away from the socket of your racquet. This can make it extremely difficult to capture the ball in the event that this happens.
When you approach the ball, ensure that your arm is directed towards your side, and not to your backside. Moving your arm to your side can actually reduce your power and your ability generate power. In order to get your arm to move properly you need to have a strong grip on the club. A weak grip can be extremely dangerous as it can cause you lose the ball or could cause you to extend your arm. This could cause injury.
Another crucial aspect of the correct grip is the angle of your stance. Tennis beginners tend to be right-handed and have their left hand slung across the body. For those who are just beginning their left arm is usually slung over their body. Most coaches advise that you hold the club in a neutral grip or similar to a baseball posture. Holding the club in a neutral position will ensure that you don’t have an arm that is not dominant when you swing.
Forehand tennis players who have an open stance are more likely to have issues with their forearms. If a player has an open stance forehand they tend to twist their wrists and not have a good grip. This issue can be resolved by holding the racket with an upright grip. Closed grips are best for tennis players who have an open forehand. This can be accomplished by placing the racket over your head while your knees are bent and your elbows are locked.
Tennis players with a non-dominant hand should swing the racket over their head and then over their shoulder. The racket should be facing your crotch in case you are an right-handed player and should be facing your waist if a left handed player. This will prevent the over-the head swing and the under-the shoulder swing from happening. When you swing keep your wrists straight and down your hips, making sure you do not give either side of your body any space to swing.