Tennis is among the most loved sports played in the world. It is a sport anyone can play, from beginners to pros. Tennis players can be grouped into two broad categories based on their ability to hit the ball more and higher than a forehand or a backhand. Tennis players are often unable to hit forehands because of inexperience with how to properly engage their muscles in order to hit strong forehands. Likewise, tennis players also struggle with backhands because they don’t know enough about the proper way to position themselves to hit a nice backhand down the court. So, these two crucial aspects of the game have to be addressed by those who wish to excel at the game.
The grip is the most important aspect of the successful tennis swing. Many new players make the mistake of gripping the racket to tight or loose and end up not hitting the ball or making a poor contact or having the racket fall off while they swing at the ball. The best way to hit the ball correctly is to hold the racket correctly in the right position.
The other thing you need to remember is that your forehand swing should start out straight and then curve towards the top of your body as you approach the top of your follow through. This is called cut or high arc shot. A low arc or hook would start out with a more natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These aspects will affect the kind of shots you should be learning. For instance, if you are practicing a technique that is known as the bank shot your forehand swing path will naturally move towards the top as you get closer to the ball.
Remember to always swing with your shoulders squared with the ball. This helps to keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball while your arms are free to move. Remember that your shoulders must not move away from the socket or the tennis racquet during your swing. If this happens, it can be very difficult to capture the ball.
When you approach the ball, ensure that your arm is pointed from your side and not to your backside. Moving your arm to your side can actually reduce your power and your ability generate power. To get your arm to move properly you need to hold a firm grip on the club. Having a weak grip can be very dangerous because it could cause you to miss the ball or it could cause you to overextend your arm. This could cause injury.
Another key factor in the proper grip is the angle of your stance. Most tennis beginners are right-handed and carry their right arm across their bodies. The left arm of beginner players is often slung across their body. The majority of coaches suggest that you hold the club in a neutral grip or similar to a baseball position. The club should be held in a neutral position will aid in preventing an arm that is not dominant when you swing.
Tennis players that have an open stance forehand are more likely to have problems with their forearms. Forehands with an open stance tend to have issues with their grip. One way to address this issue is to hold the racket with a neutral grip. Tennis players with an open stance forehands should try to use a closed grip. This can be accomplished by putting the racket behind your head, while your knees are bent and your elbows are locked.
Tennis players with a dominant hand should move the racket above their head and 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 face towards your waist. This will stop the swing that is over the head or the under-the-shoulder swing from happening. Keep your wrists straight while you swing. Also, ensure you don’t allow any side of your body too much room.