Tennis is one of the most loved sports in the world. Anyone can play tennis, from beginners to pros. Tennis players can be classified into two broad categories based on their ability to hit the ball more and higher than a forehand or a backhand. Most times, tennis players struggle with their forehands as they don’t know how to properly engage the correct muscles for their forehands or in the right order to hit powerful forehands. Likewise, tennis players also struggle with backhands due to the fact that they don’t know enough about the proper way 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 be a pro at the sport.
The grip is the most critical element of an effective tennis swing. Many beginners make the error of holding the racket too tight or loosely and then miss the ball, making poor contact or letting their racket slide when they hit the ball. The best method to hit the ball correctly is to hold the racket in the correct position.
The other important factor to remember is that your forehand’s swing path should be straight from the beginning and then curve upwards towards the top of your body as you reach the top of your follow-through. This is called cut shots or high arc. A hook with a low angle will have an natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These aspects will determine what kind of shots you should be practicing. For instance, if you are practicing a technique that is known as the bank shot, your forehand swing path will naturally shift towards the top as you get closer to the ball.
Always keep your shoulders in line with the ball whenever you swing. This will ensure that your shoulders are in constant contact with the ball, allowing your arms to move freely. Be aware that your shoulders must never leave the socket or your racquet while you are swinging. It could make it extremely difficult to capture the ball in the event that this happens.
When you approach the ball, ensure that your arm is pointing from your side and not your backside. Rotating your arms to the side could decrease your power and ability to generate power. You need to have a strong grip to control your arm’s rotation. A weak grip can result in injury. It could cause you to miss the ball, or cause you to overextend your arms. This could result in injuries.
Another crucial aspect of the correct grip is the angle of your stance. Most tennis players are right handed and have their right arm stretched across their bodies. For those who are just beginning the left arm is usually carried over their body. Most coaches recommend using a neutral grip or in a similar way to a baseball position. A neutral grip will prevent you from swinging with an arm that isn’t dominant.
Tennis players with open stance forehand tend to have issues with their forearms. If a player has an open stance forehand, they are more likely to turn their wrists and do not have a proper grip. This issue can be resolved by holding the racket in an upright grip. Closed grips are the best choice for tennis players who have an open forehand. This can be done by putting the racket behind your head while your knees are bent and your elbows are locked.
Tennis players who 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 be facing your crotch. If you’re a lefthanded player, it should be facing towards your waist. This will stop the over-the-head swing or the under-the-shoulder swing from happening. Keep your wrists straight while you swing. Also, ensure that you don’t allow any side of your body too much space.