Tennis is among the most played sports played in the world. Everyone can play tennis from beginners to pros. Tennis players can be classified into two broad categories based on their level to hit the ball further and higher than a forehand or a backhand. Most times, tennis players struggle with hitting forehands because they aren’t aware of how to properly engage the proper muscles for their forehands or in which order to hit powerful forehands. Tennis players also have trouble with their backhands because of lack of understanding about how to properly position themselves to hit a strong backhand down the court. These two areas are vital to the sport and must be addressed.
The grip is the most crucial aspect of the successful tennis swing. Many beginners make the error of gripping the racket too tight or loose and end up hitting the ball too far or making an incorrect contact or even having the racket fall off while they swing at the ball. The right way to hold the racket in the right way will give you the best chance to hit the ball accurately every time.
The other thing you need to keep in mind is that your forehand swing should begin straight and then curve towards the top of your body as you reach the top of your follow-through. This is referred to as cut or high arc shot. A hook with a low arc will have an natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These aspects will determine what kind of shots you need to be practicing. If you are practicing the bank shot technique the forehand swing path will naturally curve toward the top as you get closer to the ball.
Always keep your shoulders squared with the ball. This will ensure that your shoulders are in constant contact with your ball and allow your arms to swing with ease. Keep in mind that the shoulders must not be removed from the socket or racquet when you swing. This can make it extremely difficult to catch the ball when this happens.
When approaching the ball, ensure that your arm is directed towards your side, and not your backside. Rotating your arms 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 be able to grip the club. Having a weak grip can be dangerous since it can cause you lose the ball or could cause you to extend your arm. This can lead to injury.
Another important aspect in the proper grip is the angle of your stance. The majority of tennis players are right-handed and carry their right arm across their bodies. The left arm of beginners is often carried over their body. Most coaches suggest holding the club with an even grip, or in a similar way to a baseball posture. Holding the club in a neutral posture will aid in preventing an arm that is not dominant during your swing.
Forehand tennis players who have an open stance are more likely to have issues with their forearms. Open stance forehand players tend to have issues with their grip. A great way to solve this problem is to hold the racket with an even grip. Closed grips are ideal for tennis players with 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 who have a non-dominant hand should move the racket over their head and over their shoulders. The racket should be facing your crotch if a right handed player, and it should face your waist if a left handed player. This will help prevent either the over-the-head swing or the under-the-shoulder swing from occurring. When you swing keep your wrists straight and down your hips so that you do not give either side of your body any room to swing.