Tennis is among the most popular sports in the world. Anyone can play tennis, from beginners to professionals. Tennis players can be divided into two broad categories based on their skill to hit the ball farther and higher than a backhand or forehand. Most times, tennis players struggle with their forehands as they don’t know how to engage the proper muscles for their forehands or in which order to hit powerful forehands. Tennis players also struggle with their backhands because of lack of knowledge on how to position themselves to hit a solid backhand down the court. These two areas are crucial to the sport and must be addressed.
The grip is the most crucial element of an effective tennis swing. Many beginners make the error of gripping the racket too tightly or too loosely and end up not hitting the ball, making improper contact, or even having the racket break off when they are swinging at the ball. The best way to hit the ball correctly is to keep the racket correctly in the right position.
The other thing you need to remember is that your forehand swing should begin straight and then curve towards the top of your body as you reach the top of your follow-through. This is referred to as cut or high arc shot. A hook with a low angle will have an inherent wrist hinge as well as wrist extension. These aspects will determine what type of shots you should be practicing. For example, if you are practicing a technique referred to as the bank shot, your forehand swing will naturally turn toward the top as you move closer to the ball.
Keep your shoulders in line with the ball whenever you swing. This helps keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball even as your arms are free to move. Remember that your shoulders must not leave the socket or your racquet when you swing. It can make it very difficult to take the ball back if this happens.
When approaching the ball, ensure that your arm is pointed towards your side, and not your backside. Rotating your arm to your side can actually reduce your power and ability generate power. You need to have a strong grip to control your arm’s movement. Having a weak grip can be dangerous since it can cause you miss the ball or it could cause you to extend your arm. This can lead to injury.
The angle of your stance is another important factor in ensuring a good grip. Tennis beginners are typically right-handed and have their right hand spread across their body. For beginners their left arm is typically carried over their body. Most coaches suggest using an even grip, or in a similar way to a baseball position. A neutral grip will prevent you from hitting with an arm that is not dominant.
Tennis players that have an open stance forehand tend to have problems with their forearms. Open stance forehand players tend to have problems with their grip. This problem can be solved by using neutral grip. Tennis players with open stance forehand must try to have a closed grip. This can be achieved by placing the racket in front of your skull, keeping your knees bent, and your elbows locked.
Tennis players who have a hand that is not dominant should swing the racket above their head and over their shoulder. The racket should point towards your crotch if you are left handed and should be facing your waist if you are left-handed. This will stop the swing that is over the head or the under-shoulder swing from happening. When you swing keep your wrists straight, and keep them down your hips so that you do not give either side of your body any space to swing.