Tennis is one of the most loved sports played in the world. Everyone can play tennis, from beginners to professionals. There are two primary types of tennis players. They can be classified according to their ability to hit the ball more than a forehand or backhand. Most often, tennis players struggle with their forehands as they aren’t aware of how to engage the correct muscles for their forehands or in what order to hit strong forehands. Likewise, tennis players also struggle with their backhands as they do not know enough about how to set themselves up to hit a nice backhand down the court. Therefore, these two important areas of the game must to be addressed by those who want to excel at the game.
The grip is the most critical element of the successful tennis swing. Many new players make the mistake of holding the racket in a way that is too loose or tight and then miss the ball and making poor contact or letting their racket slide when they hit the ball. By holding the racket in the correct way will give you the best chance to hit the ball accurately every time.
Another thing to keep in mind is that your forehand swing path should be straight. As you get closer to the top end of your follow-through, your forehand’s swing path should be curved towards your top. This is referred to as cut or high arc shot. A low arc or hook will begin with a more natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These aspects will determine what kind of shots you should be practicing. For instance, if, for example, you are practicing a technique known as the bank shot, your forehand swing path will naturally turn toward the top as you get closer to the ball.
Always keep your shoulders in line with the ball as you swing. This will ensure that your shoulders are always in 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 you get close to the ball, ensure to rotate your arm from your side, not your backside. The arm that is rotated to the side will weaken the ability of your arm to generate power and create a great backswing. You must have a strong grip to control the rotation of your arm. A weak grip can lead to injuries. It can cause you lose the ball, or cause you to overextend your arms. This could cause injury.
The angle of your stance is an crucial factor to ensure an effective grip. Tennis beginners tend to be right-handed and have their right hand spread across their body. For beginners, their left arm is usually carried across their body. Most coaches recommend using an even grip, or in a similar way to a baseball grip. By holding the club in a neutral position will help prevent you from having an arm that is not dominant when you swing.
Forehand tennis players who have an open stance tend to have problems with their forearms. Forehand players with an open stance are more likely to have issues with their grip. One way to address this issue is to hold the racket with a neutral grip. Closed grips are best for tennis players who have an open forehand. You can achieve this by placing the racket on your skull, keeping your knees bent and your elbows locked.
Tennis players with a non-dominant hand should swing the racket over their heads and over their shoulder. The racket should point towards your crotch in case you are an 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 happening. When you swing keep your wrists straight and lower your hips so that you don’t allow either side of your body a chance to swing.