Tennis is a very popular sport. Tennis is a game that anyone can play, from beginners to professional. Tennis players can be classified into two broad categories based on their skill to hit the ball farther and higher than a forehand or backhand. Most times, tennis players struggle with hitting forehands because they aren’t aware of how to use the right muscles for their forehands, and in the right order to hit powerful forehands. Tennis players also struggle with their backhands due lack of knowledge on how to properly position themselves to hit a solid backhand down the court. Therefore, these two important aspects of the game have to be addressed by those who wish to be successful in the game.
The grip is the most critical element of a successful tennis swing. Many new players make the mistake of gripping the racket to tightly or too loosely and end up missing the ball or making a poor contact or even having the racket break off when they are swinging at the ball. The right way to hold the racket in the right way will give you the best chance to strike the ball correctly every time.
Another important thing to remember is that your forehand’s swing path should be straight. When you reach the top of your follow-through, your forehand’s swing path should curve towards your top. This is known as cut shot or high arc. A hook with a low arc will have a natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These aspects will affect the type of shots that you must be learning. If you are working on the bank shot technique the forehand swing is likely to curve towards the top as it gets closer to the ball.
Always keep your shoulders in line with the ball whenever you swing. This will ensure that your shoulders remain in constant contact with your ball and allow your arms to swing with ease. While you move your arms, your shoulders should not leave the racquet’s socket. If this happens, it will be extremely difficult to catch the ball.
When you are approaching the ball, make sure to rotate your arm from 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 could be dangerous since it could cause you to lose the ball or could cause you to overextend your arm. This could result in injuries.
The angle of your stance is another important aspect to ensure an effective grip. The majority of tennis players are right handed and carry their right arm across their bodies. The left arm of beginner players is usually slung over their body. Most coaches recommend that you hold the club with a neutral grip or like a baseball position. Holding the club in a neutral position can help prevent you from having an arm that is not dominant when you swing.
Open stance forehand tennis players tend to have issues with their forearms. If a player has an open-stance forehand, they are more likely to turn their wrists and not have a proper grip. A great solution to this issue is to hold the racket using an even grip. Closed grips are the best choice for tennis players who have an open forehand. This can be accomplished by putting the racket behind your head, while your knees are bent and your elbows are locked.
Tennis players who are non-dominant hand should move the racket in front of their head and over their shoulders. The racket should face your crotch in case you are a right handed player, and it should face your waist if left-handed. This will prevent the over the head swing and the under-the shoulder swing from happening. Keep your wrists straight when you swing. Also, make sure you don’t allow any side of your body too much room.