Tennis is one of the most popular sports in the world. Anyone can play tennis, from beginners to professionals. Tennis players can be classified into two broad categories based on their skill to hit the ball more and higher than a backhand or forehand. Most often, tennis players have difficulty when they hit forehands due to the fact that they don’t know how to properly engage the proper muscles for their forehands, and in what order to hit strong forehands. Also, tennis players struggle with backhands because they do not know enough about the proper way to set themselves up to hit a great backhand down the court. So, these two crucial aspects of the game have to be addressed by those who want to be a pro at the game.
The grip is the most crucial aspect of a successful tennis swing. Many beginners make the mistake of holding their racket too loose or tight and end up missing the ball, making poor contact or having their racket slip when they swing at the ball. Holding the racket the right way will give you the best opportunity to hit the ball in the right way every time.
The other thing you need to be aware of is that your forehand’s swing path should begin straight and then curve upwards towards the top of your body as you reach the top of your follow through. This is referred to as cut shots or high arc. A hook with a low arc would have an inherent wrist hinge as well as wrist extension. These factors will determine the kind of shots you should be practicing. For example, if you are practicing a technique referred to as the bank shot your forehand’s swing path will naturally move 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 are in constant contact with your ball and allow your arms to swing with ease. Be aware that your shoulders must not move away from the socket or the racquet while you are swinging. This can make it extremely difficult to catch the ball in the event that this occurs.
When you approach the ball, ensure that your arm is directed from your side and not your backside. By putting your arm on your side actually weakens the ability of your arm to generate power and produce a strong backswing. You must have a strong grip to control your arm’s movement. A weak grip could be very dangerous because it could cause you to miss the ball or it could cause you to extend your arm. This can result in injury.
The angle of your stance is another important aspect to ensure an effective grip. Most tennis players are right-handed and have their right arm stretched across their body. The left arm of beginner players is often slung across their body. Most coaches recommend using a neutral grip or in a similar way to a baseball posture. A neutral grip can stop you from hitting with an arm that is not dominant.
Tennis players with open stance forehand tend to have problems with their forearms. If a player has an open stance forehand they are more likely to turn their wrists and do not have a proper grip. A great way to solve this issue is to hold the racket with an even grip. Tennis players with an open stance forehand must try to have a closed grip. This can be done by putting the racket behind your head while your knees are bent and your elbows are locked.
Tennis players with a hand that is not dominant should swing the racket above their head and over their shoulder. The racket should point towards your crotch in case you are a right handed player, and it should face your waist if you are left handed. This will prevent the over-the head swing as well as the under-the-shoulder swing from occurring. Keep your wrists straight as you swing. Also, ensure that you don’t allow any side of your body too much space.