Tennis is among the most loved sports played in the world. Tennis is a sport that anyone can play, from beginners to pros. There are two major categories of tennis players. They are classified based on their ability to hit the ball more than a backhand or forehand. Tennis players often struggle to hit forehands due the lack of knowledge on how to properly engage their muscles and what to do to hit forehands that are strong. Tennis players also struggle with their backhands due lack of understanding about how to position themselves to hit a strong backhand down the court. These two areas are vital to the game and need to be addressed.
The grip is the most critical element of the successful tennis swing. Many new players make the mistake of holding their racket too tight or loosely and then miss the ball and making poor contact or letting their racket slide when 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.
The other thing you need to remember is that your forehand swing should be straight from the beginning and then curve toward the top of your body as you reach the top of your follow through. This is called cut or high arc shot. A low arc or hook starts with an easier wrist hinge and wrist extension. These factors can affect the type of shots that you must be learning. If you are practicing the bank shot technique the forehand swing course will naturally curve towards the top as it gets closer to the ball.
Always keep your shoulders squared with the ball. This helps keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball as your arms are free to move. Be aware that your shoulders should never leave the socket or your racquet while you are swinging. If this happens, it can be very difficult to take the ball back.
When you approach the ball, ensure that your arm is directed towards your side, and not towards your backside. Rotating your arm to your side can actually decrease your power and ability to generate power. In order to get your arm to move properly it is essential to hold a firm grip on the club. A weak grip could lead to injury. It can cause you miss the ball or cause you overextend your arms. This can lead to injuries.
Another key factor in the correct grip is the angle of your stance. Most tennis beginners are right-handed and carry their right arm across their bodies. For beginners their left arm is typically carried over their body. Most coaches advise that you hold the club in an open grip or similar to a baseball position. A neutral grip will stop you from hitting with an arm that is not dominant.
Tennis players who have open stance forehand tend to have issues with their forearms. If a player has an open-stance forehand, they are more likely to turn their wrists and do not have a good grip. A great solution to this problem is to hold the racket with an even grip. Closed grips are best for tennis players who have an open forehand. You can achieve this by placing the racket behind your skull, keeping your knees bent, and your elbows locked.
Tennis players who are non-dominant hand should hold the racket in front of their head and over their shoulders. The racket should be facing your crotch in case you are a right handed player and the racket should be pointing towards your waist if left-handed. This will prevent the over-the head swing and the under-the shoulder swing from occurring. When you swing keep your wrists straight and lower your hips so that you don’t allow either side of your body any space to swing.