Tennis is among the most loved sports in the world. Everyone can play tennis from beginners to the pros. There are two primary categories of tennis players. They are classified based on their ability to hit the ball more than a backhand or forehand. Most times, tennis players struggle when they hit forehands due to the fact that they don’t know how to properly engage the proper muscles for their forehands or in what order to hit strong forehands. In the same way, tennis players struggle with backhands due to the fact that they aren’t aware about how to position themselves to hit a perfect backhand on the court. This is why these two essential areas of the game need to be addressed by those who want to excel at the sport.
A successful tennis swing is contingent on the grip you use. Many beginners make the error of gripping the racket too tightly or loosely and end up missing the ball, making improper contact, or having the racket break off when they swing at the ball. Holding the racket the right way will provide you with the best chance to strike the ball correctly every time.
Another important thing to remember is that your forehand’s swing path should be straight. As you approach the top end of your follow-through, your forehand’s swing path should curve towards your top. This is known as a high arc or cut shot. A hook with a low arc will have an inherent wrist hinge as well as wrist extension. These factors will determine the kind of shots you need to be practicing. For instance, if, for example, you are practicing a technique known as the bank shot, your forehand swing path will naturally turn toward the top as you move closer to the ball.
Always keep your shoulders in line with the ball as you swing. This helps to keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball as your arms are free to move. Keep in mind that the shoulders should never be removed from the socket or tennis racquet during your swing. This can make it extremely difficult to take the ball back in the event that this happens.
As you approach the ball, ensure to rotate your arm from your side, not your backside. Moving your arm to your side can actually reduce your power and ability generate power. To allow your arm to rotate properly, you must have a strong grip on the club. Having a weak grip can be extremely dangerous as it could cause you to be unable to catch the ball, or it can cause you to overextend your arm. This could result in injury.
Another key factor in the correct grip is the angle of your stance. Tennis beginners are typically right-handed and have their right hand slung across the body. The left arm of beginner players is often carried over their body. Most coaches advise that you hold the club with an open grip or similar to a baseball position. A neutral grip will prevent you from swinging with an arm that isn’t dominant.
Forehand tennis players with open stances are more likely to have problems with their forearms. If a player has an open stance forehand they tend to over-turn their wrists and not have a good grip. One way to address this problem is to hold the racket using a neutral grip. Closed grips are best for tennis players with an open forehand. This can be achieved by placing the racket over your head while your knees are bent and your elbows are locked.
Tennis players that have a non-dominant hand should swing the racket above their head and then over their shoulder. If you’re a right handed player the racket should point towards your crotch. If you’re a lefthanded player, it should be facing towards your waist. This will prevent the over the head swing and the under-the shoulder swing from happening. When you swing keep your wrists straight, and keep them down your hips so that you don’t give either side of your body any space to swing.