Tennis is a hugely popular sport. Everyone can play tennis from beginners to the pros. Tennis players can be grouped into two broad categories based on their skill level to hit the ball farther and higher than a forehand or backhand. Most often, tennis players have difficulty when they hit forehands due to the fact that they don’t know how to use the right muscles for their forehands and in which order to hit powerful forehands. Tennis players also struggle with their backhands due to insufficient knowledge about how to position themselves to hit a good backhand down the court. These two areas are essential to the game and need to be addressed.
A successful tennis swing depends on your grip. Many beginners make the mistake of gripping the racket to tight or loose and end up not hitting the ball or making an incorrect contact or even having the racket fall off when they swing at the ball. Holding the racket the right way will provide you with the best chance to hit the ball accurately every time.
The other thing you need to be aware of is that your forehand’s swing path should be straight from the beginning and then curve upwards towards the top of your body when you get to the top of your follow through. This is known as cut shots or high arc. A hook with a low arc would start out with a more natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These aspects will affect the kind of shots you should be learning. If you are working on the bank shot technique your forehand’s swing course will naturally curve towards the top as it gets closer to the ball.
Always keep your shoulders squared with the ball. This will keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball while your arms are free to move. Be aware that your shoulders must never be removed from the socket or tennis racquet during your swing. If this happens, it can be extremely difficult to capture the ball.
When you approach the ball, ensure that your arm is directed from your side , not towards your backside. Moving your arm towards your side can reduce your power and your ability generate power. To allow your arm to move properly it is essential to be able to grip the club. Having a weak grip can be extremely dangerous as it can cause you miss the ball or it could cause you to extend your arm. This can result in injury.
Another key factor in the correct grip is the angle of your stance. Most tennis players are right handed and have their right arm slung across their bodies. For beginners, their left arm is usually carried over their body. Most coaches recommend using a neutral grip or a style similar to a baseball position. Holding the club in a neutral posture will help prevent you from having 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. Forehands with an open stance tend to have issues with their grip. A great solution to this issue is to hold the racket with a neutral grip. Tennis players with an open stance forehand must try to use a closed grip. This can be achieved by putting the racket behind your head while your knees are bent and your elbows are locked.
Tennis players who are non-dominant handed should swing the racket over their head and over their shoulders. If you’re a right-handed player the racket should be facing your crotch. If you’re a left-handed player, it should be facing towards your waist. This will stop the over-the head swing and the under-the-shoulder swing from occurring. Keep your wrists straight as you swing. Also, make sure you don’t allow any side of your body too much room.