Tennis is one of the most played sports in the world. Anyone can play tennis, from beginners to pros. Tennis players can be divided into two broad categories based on their skill level to hit the ball further and higher than a backhand or forehand. Most times, tennis players struggle with hitting forehands because they do not know how to use the right muscles for their forehands or in which order to hit powerful forehands. Tennis players also struggle with their backhands because of lack of knowledge on how to position themselves in order to hit a good backhand down the court. This is why these two essential areas of the game must to be addressed by those who want to be a pro at the game.
The grip is the most important element of a successful tennis swing. Many beginners make the error of gripping the racket to tightly or too loosely and end up missing the ball, making improper contact, or even having the racket fall off when they are swinging at the ball. The best way to strike the ball correctly is to hold the racket in the correct position.
The other thing you need to remember is that your forehand’s swing path should be straight from the beginning and then curve toward the top of your body as you reach the top of your follow-through. This is referred to as cut shot or high arc. A low arc or hook will begin with the more natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These aspects will affect the kind of shots you should be learning. If you are practicing the bank shot technique the forehand swing is likely to curve towards the top as you get closer to the ball.
Be sure to keep your shoulders squared with the ball. This helps to keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball as your arms are free to move. While you move your arms, your shoulders should not leave the racquet’s socket. If this happens, it will be very difficult to catch the ball.
When approaching the ball, make sure that your arm is pointing towards your side, and not to your backside. Moving your arm to your side can actually reduce your power and your ability to generate power. You need a solid grip to control the rotation of your arm. A weak grip could be dangerous since it can cause you lose the ball or can cause you to overextend your arm. This could result in injuries.
Another important aspect in the proper grip is the angle of your stance. Tennis beginners tend to be right-handed and wear their right hand draped across their body. For beginners their left arm is usually slung across their body. Most coaches advise that you hold the club with a neutral grip or like a baseball position. Holding the club in a neutral posture will aid in preventing an arm that is not dominant when you swing.
Tennis players that have an open stance forehand tend to have issues with their forearms. If a player has an open stance forehand they tend to over-turn their wrists and not have a good grip. A great solution to this issue is to hold the racket with a neutral grip. Closed grips are ideal for tennis players with an open forehand. This can be done by placing the racket on your head while your knees are bent and your elbows are locked.
Tennis players that have a non-dominant hand should swing the racket over their head and over 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 stop the over-the head swing and the under-the-shoulder swing from happening. When you swing keep your wrists straight and lower your hips, making sure you do not give either side of your body any room to swing.