Tennis is a hugely popular sport. Everyone can play tennis, from beginners to pros. There are two major categories of tennis players. They are classified based on their ability to hit the ball further than a backhand or forehand. Most times, tennis players struggle with their forehands as they don’t know how to properly engage the proper 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. So, these two crucial areas of the game must to be addressed by those who want to be a pro at the game.
A successful tennis swing depends on your grip. Many beginners make the error of holding the racket too tight or loosely and then miss the ball, making poor contact or letting their racket slide when they swing at the ball. The right way to hold the racket in the right way will provide you with the best chance to strike the ball correctly every time.
The other important factor to keep in mind is that your forehand’s swing path should be straight from the beginning and then curve toward the top of your body as you approach the top of your follow-through. This is referred to as cut shot or high arc. A hook with a low arc would have a natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These aspects will affect the type of shots that you should be learning. If you’re practicing 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 when you swing. This will ensure that your shoulders remain in constant contact with the ball, allowing your arms to swing with ease. While you swing, your shoulders should not be able to leave the socket of your racquet. It could make it extremely difficult to catch the ball if this happens.
When approaching the ball, ensure that your arm is pointed from your side and not to your backside. Rotating your arms towards your side can reduce your power and your ability generate power. You need to have a strong grip to control the rotation of your arm. A weak grip can lead to injury. It could cause you to lose the ball or cause you to overextend your arms. This could result in injury.
The angle of your stance is an important aspect to ensure a good grip. The majority of tennis players are right-handed and have their left hand slung across the body. For beginners their left arm is usually slung over their body. Most coaches recommend holding the club with a neutral grip, or in a similar way to a baseball posture. A neutral grip will stop you from hitting with an arm that isn’t dominant.
Open stance forehand tennis players are more likely to have issues with their forearms. Open stance forehand players tend to have problems with their grip. A great way to solve this problem is to hold the racket with an even grip. Closed grips are ideal for tennis players with an open forehand. This can be achieved by placing the racket on your head, while your knees are bent and your elbows are locked.
Tennis players that have a hand that is not dominant should swing the racket over their heads and 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 face towards your waist. This will prevent the swing that is over the head or the swing under the shoulder from occurring. When you swing keep your wrists straight and lower your hips, making sure you do not give either side of your body any space to swing.