Tennis is among the most played sports played in the world. Everyone can play tennis from beginners to the pros. Tennis players can be classified into two broad categories based on their ability to hit the ball farther and higher than a forehand or backhand. Tennis players are often unable to hit forehands due a lack of knowledge about how to effectively engage their muscles in is the best way to hit powerful forehands. Tennis players also struggle with their backhands due to lack of understanding about how to position themselves in order to hit a strong backhand down the court. So, these two crucial areas of the game need to be addressed by those who want to be a pro at the game.
The grip is the most important element of an effective tennis swing. Many beginners make the mistake of gripping the racket too tight or loose and end up not hitting the ball or making an incorrect contact or even having the racket fall off while they swing at the ball. The best way to strike the ball correctly is to hold the racket in the correct position.
Another thing to keep in mind is that your forehand’s swing path should be straight. When you reach the top end of your follow-through, your forehand swing path should curve towards your top. This is called a high arc or cut shot. A low arc or hook starts with a more natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These factors will influence the kind of shots you should be learning. If you are working on the bank shot technique, your 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 are in constant contact with the ball, allowing your arms to move freely. While you swing, your shoulders should not be able to leave the racquet’s socket. This can make it extremely difficult to catch the ball when this happens.
As you approach the ball, ensure to move your arm to your side, not your backside. Rotating your arm to the side will weaken your ability to generate power and generate a good backswing. To get your arm to move properly you need to hold a firm grip on the club. A weak grip can cause injury. It can cause you not to hit the ball or cause you overextend your arms. This can lead to injuries.
Another important aspect in the proper grip is the angle you stand at. Most tennis beginners are right-handed and carry their right arm across their bodies. For those who are just beginning their left arm is typically carried over their body. Most coaches recommend that you hold the club in an open grip or similar to a baseball posture. Holding the club in a neutral posture will aid in preventing an arm that is not dominant when you swing.
Forehand tennis players with open stances tend to have issues with their forearms. When players with an open stance forehand, they tend to over-turn their wrists and do not have a proper grip. This issue can be resolved by using an upright grip. Closed grips are the best choice for tennis players with an open forehand. This can be achieved by placing the racket in front of your skull, with your knees bent, and keeping your elbows locked.
Tennis players who have a dominant hand should move the racket above their head and over their shoulder. The racket should be facing your crotch in case you are an right-handed player and the racket should be pointing towards your waist if you’re left handed. This will prevent the over the head swing and the under-the shoulder swing from happening. Keep your wrists straight as you swing. Also, make sure you don’t give any side of your body too much room.