Tennis is among the most popular 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 ability to hit the ball further and higher than a backhand or forehand. Tennis players typically struggle to hit forehands due to the lack of knowledge on how to properly engage their muscles and in what order to hit strong forehands. In the same way, tennis players struggle with their backhands as they aren’t aware about how to position themselves to hit a great backhand down the court. These two areas are vital to the game and need to be addressed.
A successful tennis swing is dependent on the grip you use. Many beginners make the error of holding their racket too loose or tight and end up missing the ball and making poor contact or having their racket slip when they hit the ball. The best way to strike the ball correctly is to keep the racket in the correct position.
Another important thing to remember is that your forehand swing path should be straight. As you get closer to the top of your follow-through, your forehand swing path should curve towards your top. This is known as a high arc or cut shot. A hook with a low arc will begin with a more natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These factors will determine the kind of shots you need to be practicing. If you are working on the bank shot technique the forehand swing course will naturally curve 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 and allow your arms to swing with ease. Remember that your shoulders must never leave the socket or your tennis racquet during your swing. If this happens, it can be extremely difficult to catch the ball.
When you are approaching the ball, ensure to rotate your arm from your side, not from your backside. Moving your arm to the side could reduce your power and your ability to generate power. 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 could cause you to lose the ball or can cause you to overextend your arm. This could result in injuries.
The angle of your stance is also an crucial factor to ensure the grip you have. Most tennis players are right handed and have their right arm slung across their bodies. For beginners the left arm is usually slung across their body. Most coaches recommend that you hold the club in an open grip or like a baseball position. A neutral grip will prevent you from swinging with an arm that is not dominant.
Tennis players that have an open stance forehand are more likely to have issues with their forearms. If players have an open stance forehand they tend to twist their wrists and not have a good grip. This problem can be solved by holding the racket with neutral grip. Tennis players who have open stance forehand should attempt to use a closed grip. You can achieve this by placing the racket in front of your skull, with your knees bent and your elbows locked.
Tennis players who are non-dominant handed should swing the racket in front of their head and over their shoulders. If you’re a right-handed player, the racket should face your crotch. If you’re a lefthanded player, the racket should be pointing towards your waist. This will stop the over-the head swing and the under-the shoulder swing from occurring. Keep your wrists straight while you swing. Also, ensure you don’t give any part of your body too much room.