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 ability to hit the ball more and higher than a forehand or backhand. Most times, tennis players struggle with their forehands as they don’t know how to engage the correct muscles for their forehands and in which order to hit powerful forehands. Also, tennis players struggle with their backhands as they do not know enough about the proper way to properly position themselves for a perfect backhand on the court. These two areas are essential to the game and must be addressed.
The grip is the most critical aspect of the successful tennis swing. Many beginners make the mistake of holding the racket too tightly or loosely, and end up either not hitting the ball or making a poor contact or even having the racket fall off while they swing at the ball. By holding the racket in the correct way will give you the best chance to hit the ball in the right way every time.
Another important thing to remember is that your forehand’s swing path should be straight. As you approach the top of your follow-through, your forehand’s swing path should be curved towards your top. This is known as cut shots or high arc. A hook with a low arc would have a natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These aspects will affect the kind of shots you should be learning. For instance, if you are practicing a technique known as the bank shot, your forehand swing path will naturally move towards the top as you get closer to the ball.
Always keep your shoulders aligned with the ball. This helps keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball as your arms are free to move. When you swing, your shoulders should not be able to leave the socket of your racquet. If this happens, it could be very difficult to capture the ball.
As you approach the ball, be sure to rotate your arm from your side, not from your backside. Rotating your arm towards your side can decrease your power and ability generate power. To allow your arm to rotate properly, you must hold a firm grip on the club. A weak grip can be very dangerous because it can cause you to lose the ball or could cause you to overextend your arm. This can result in injury.
The angle of your stance is also an important factor in ensuring an effective grip. Most tennis beginners are right-handed and carry their right arm across their body. The left arm of beginner players is usually slung over their body. Most coaches recommend holding the club with an even grip, or in a similar way to a baseball posture. A neutral grip can stop you from hitting with an arm that is not dominant.
Forehand tennis players with open stances are more likely to have problems with their forearms. If players have an open stance forehand, they tend to over-turn their wrists, and they do not have a proper grip. This problem can be solved by holding the racket in a neutral grip. Tennis players with open stance forehands should try to use a closed grip. This can be done 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. If you’re a right handed player the racket should point towards your crotch. If you’re a left-handed player, the racket should be pointing towards your waist. This will stop the over-the-head swing or the under-shoulder swing from occurring. Keep your wrists straight when you swing. Also, make sure you don’t give any side of your body too much space.