Tennis is one of the most loved sports in the world. Everyone can play tennis from beginners to professionals. Tennis players can be classified into two broad categories based on their ability level to hit the ball farther and higher than a backhand or forehand. Most often, tennis players have difficulty with their forehands as they aren’t aware of how to properly use the right muscles for their forehands, and in the right order to hit powerful forehands. Tennis players also struggle with their backhands because of lack of knowledge on how to position themselves in order to hit a good backhand down the court. These two areas are vital to the sport and must be addressed.
A successful tennis swing is contingent on the grip you use. Many beginners make the mistake of gripping the racket too tightly or too loosely, and end up either hitting the ball too far, making improper contact, or having the racket fall off when they swing at the ball. The right way to hold the racket in the right way will give you the best opportunity to hit the ball in the right way every time.
Another thing to keep in mind is that your forehand’s swing path should be straight. When you reach the top end of your follow-through, your forehand’s path should curve towards your top. This is known as cut shots or high arc. A hook with a low arc will have an inherent wrist hinge as well as wrist extension. These aspects will determine what kind of shots you should be practicing. If you’re practicing the bank shot technique, your forehand swing path will naturally curve toward the top as you get closer to the ball.
Keep your shoulders in line with the ball as you swing. This helps to keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball even as your arms are free to move. Remember that your shoulders should never leave the socket or your tennis racquet during your swing. It could make it extremely difficult to take the ball back when this occurs.
When you are approaching the ball, ensure to move your arm to your side, not from your backside. By putting your arm on your side actually weakens your ability to generate power and produce a strong backswing. You need to have a strong grip to control your arm’s movement. A weak grip could be extremely dangerous as it can cause you to lose the ball or can cause you to overextend your arm. This could result in injury.
The angle of your stance is also an important factor in ensuring a good grip. Tennis beginners tend to be right-handed and have their right hand draped across their body. The left arm of newbies is often carried over their body. The majority of coaches advise using an even grip, or in a manner similar to a baseball position. Holding the club in a neutral position will help prevent you from having an arm that is not dominant when you swing.
Open stance forehand tennis players tend to have issues with their forearms. Open stance forehand players tend to have problems with their grip. This issue can be resolved by holding the racket in neutral grip. Tennis players with an open stance forehand must try to have a closed grip. This can be achieved by placing the racket behind your skull, with your knees bent, and keeping your elbows locked.
Tennis players that have a dominant hand should move the racket above 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 help prevent either the head-over-head swing or the under-shoulder swing from occurring. Keep your wrists straight while you swing. Also, make sure you don’t allow any side of your body too much room.