Tennis is one of the most played sports in the world. Everyone can play tennis, from beginners to pros. There are two major types of tennis players. They are classified based on their ability to hit the ball further than a forehand or backhand. Most times, tennis players struggle with hitting forehands because they don’t know how to engage the proper muscles for their forehands and in which order to hit powerful forehands. Likewise, tennis players also struggle with backhands due to the fact that they don’t know enough about the proper way to set themselves up to hit a great backhand down the court. These two areas are vital to the sport and must be addressed.
The grip is the most crucial element of an effective tennis swing. Many beginners make the mistake of gripping the racket to tightly or loosely, and end up either hitting the ball too far or making an incorrect contact or having the racket fall off while they are swinging at the ball. Holding the racket the right way will provide you with the best chance to hit the ball accurately every time.
Another important thing to remember is that your forehand’s 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 a high arc or cut shot. A hook with a low arc will begin with the more natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These factors will determine what type of shots you should be practicing. If you’re practicing the bank shot technique the forehand swing path will naturally curve toward the top as it gets closer to the ball.
Remember to always swing with your shoulders squared with the ball. This will ensure that your shoulders remain in constant contact with your ball and allow your arms to swing freely. Keep in mind that the shoulders must never be removed from the socket or racquet when you swing. This can make it extremely difficult to take the ball back if this happens.
When you get close to the ball, be sure to move your arm to your side, not from your backside. Rotating your arm towards your side can decrease your power and ability generate power. In order to get your arm to rotate correctly, you must be able to grip the club. A weak grip can be very dangerous because it could cause you to miss the ball or it can cause you to overextend your arm. This can result in 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 those who are just beginning the left arm is usually carried over their body. Most coaches recommend using a neutral grip, or a style similar to a baseball posture. A neutral grip can stop you from hitting with an arm that is not dominant.
Forehand tennis players with open stances tend to have issues with their forearms. If a player has an open-stance forehand, they are more likely to turn their wrists, and they do not have a proper grip. This issue can be resolved by holding the racket with a neutral grip. Tennis players with open stance forehand should attempt to use a closed grip. You can achieve this by placing the racket on your skull, keeping your knees bent, and your elbows locked.
Tennis players who have a non-dominant hand should hold the racket in front of their head and over their shoulders. The racket should point towards your crotch in case you are a right handed player, and it should face your waist if you are a left handed player. This will stop the over-the head swing and the under-the-shoulder swing from occurring. Keep your wrists straight when you swing. Also, ensure you don’t allow any side of your body too much room.