Tennis is among the most played sports played in the world. It is a sport everyone can play, from beginners to professional. There are two main categories of tennis players. They are classified based on their ability to hit the ball farther than a forehand or backhand. Most often, tennis players have difficulty with hitting forehands because they don’t know how to engage the proper muscles for their forehands and in what order to hit strong forehands. Tennis players also struggle with their backhands because of lack of understanding about how to position themselves in order to hit a strong backhand down the court. These two areas are vital to the game and must be addressed.
A successful tennis swing depends on your grip. Many beginners make the mistake of holding their racket too loose or tight and then miss the ball and making poor contact or having their racket slip when they swing at the ball. The best way to strike the ball correctly is to hold the racket in the correct position.
Another important thing to keep in mind is that your forehand swing should start out straight and then curve upwards towards the top of your body when you get to the top of your follow through. This is called cut shots or high arc. A low arc or hook starts with a more natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These aspects will affect the type of shots you must be learning. For instance, if you are practicing a technique that is 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 when you swing. This helps to keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball as your arms are free to move. When you swing, your shoulders must not be able to leave the socket of your racquet. It could make it extremely difficult to capture the ball in the event that this happens.
As you approach the ball, be sure to move your arm to your side, not your backside. Rotating your arms to your side can actually decrease your power and ability to generate power. You must have a strong grip to control the rotation of your arm. A weak grip can lead to injury. It can cause you miss the ball or cause you to overextend your arms. This could lead to injury.
Another crucial aspect of the proper grip is the angle of your stance. Tennis beginners are typically right-handed and wear their right hand draped across their body. For beginners their left arm is typically carried over their body. Most coaches recommend that you hold the club with a neutral grip or similar to a baseball posture. A neutral grip can stop you from hitting with an arm that isn’t dominant.
Tennis players who have open stance forehand tend to have issues with their forearms. When players with an open-stance forehand, they are more likely to turn their wrists, and they do not have a good grip. This issue can be fixed by holding the racket with an upright grip. Closed grips are the best choice for players with an open forehand. This can be achieved by placing the racket behind your skull, with your knees bent and your elbows locked.
Tennis players who are non-dominant handed should swing the racket over their head and above their shoulders. If you’re a right-handed player the racket should be facing your crotch. If you’re a left-handed player, the racket should be pointing towards your waist. This will stop the over-the head swing and the under-the shoulder swing from happening. When you swing keep your wrists straight and down your hips so that you don’t give either side of your body any space to swing.