Tennis is a hugely popular sport. It is a sport anyone can play, from beginners to professional. There are two main types of tennis players. They are classified based on their ability to hit the ball further than a forehand or backhand. Most times, tennis players struggle when they hit forehands due to the fact that they aren’t aware of how to engage the proper muscles for their forehands or in what order to hit strong forehands. Tennis players also struggle with their backhands because of insufficient knowledge about how to position themselves in order to hit a solid backhand down the court. So, these two crucial areas of the game need to be addressed by those who wish to be successful in the game.
The grip is the most important element of an effective tennis swing. Many beginners make the error of gripping the racket too tightly or loosely and end up not hitting the ball, making improper contact, or even having the racket fall off while they are swinging at the ball. The best way to hit the ball correctly is to keep the racket in the proper position.
The other thing you need to keep in mind is that your forehand swing path 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 cut shot or high arc. A hook with a low arc would start out with an easier wrist hinge and wrist extension. These factors can affect the type of shots you need to master. For instance, if you are practicing a technique that is known as the bank shot, your forehand’s swing path will naturally move towards the top as you get closer to the ball.
Remember to always swing with your shoulders squared with the ball. This will ensure that your shoulders remain in constant contact with your ball which allows your arms to swing freely. Be aware that your shoulders must not move away from the socket or the racquet while you are swinging. It can make it very difficult to capture the ball in the event that this happens.
When you approach the ball, ensure that your arm is pointing towards your side, and not your backside. Rotating your arm to the side will weaken your ability to generate power and create a great backswing. To allow your arm to rotate properly you need to hold a firm grip on the club. A weak grip could be dangerous since it can cause you to lose the ball or could cause you to overextend your arm. This could result in injuries.
Another important aspect in the proper grip is the angle you stand at. Most tennis players are right-handed and carry their right arm across their body. The left arm of beginners is often carried over their body. Most coaches recommend holding the club with a neutral grip or in a similar way to a baseball grip. Holding the club in a neutral posture 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 problems with their forearms. When players with an open stance forehand they tend to over-turn their wrists, and they do not have a good grip. A great solution to this problem is to hold the racket with an even grip. Tennis players with an open stance forehand should attempt to use 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 with a dominant hand should move the racket over their heads and then over their shoulder. If you’re a right handed player the racket should point towards your crotch. If you’re a left-handed player, it should face towards your waist. This will stop the swing that is over the head or the swing under the shoulder from occurring. When you swing, keep your wrists straight and lower your hips, making sure you don’t allow either side of your body any room to swing.