Tennis is among the most popular sports in the world. Anyone can play tennis, from beginners to professionals. There are two major categories of tennis players. They can be classified according to their ability to hit the ball farther than a forehand or backhand. Most times, tennis players struggle with their forehands as they aren’t aware of how to properly engage the correct muscles for their forehands, and in what order to hit strong forehands. Tennis players also struggle with their backhands due lack of understanding about how to position themselves to hit a strong backhand down the court. These two areas are vital to the game and need to be addressed.
The grip is the most important aspect of an effective tennis swing. Many beginners make the error of gripping the racket too tightly or too loosely and end up missing the ball or making a poor contact or having the racket fall off when they swing at the ball. By holding the racket in the correct way will give you the best chance to strike the ball correctly every time.
Another thing to keep in mind is that your forehand’s path should be straight. As you approach the top of your follow-through, your forehand swing path should curve towards your top. This is called cut shot or high arc. A hook with a low arc would have a natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These factors will determine the kind of shots you need to be practicing. For instance, if you are practicing a technique known as the bank shot, your forehand swing path will naturally shift towards the top as you get closer to the ball.
Remember to always swing with your shoulders in line with the ball. This will keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball even as your arms swing freely. Keep in mind that the shoulders must never be removed from the socket or racquet when you swing. If this happens, it will be very difficult to take the ball back.
When you approach the ball, make sure that your arm is directed towards your side, and not to your backside. By putting your arm to the side will weaken your ability to generate power and create a great backswing. You need to have a strong grip to control your arm’s rotation. A weak grip can be very dangerous because it could cause you to lose the ball or could cause you to extend your arm. This can lead to injury.
Another crucial aspect of the proper grip is the angle you stand at. The majority of tennis players are right-handed and wear their right hand spread across their body. For beginners, their left arm is typically carried over their body. Most coaches recommend holding the club with a neutral grip, or in a similar way to a baseball posture. By holding the club in a neutral position will aid in preventing an arm that is not dominant when you swing.
Forehand tennis players who have an open stance tend to have problems with their forearms. When players with an open stance forehand, they tend to over-turn their wrists and not have a good grip. One way to address this problem is to hold the racket using an even grip. Closed grips are best for tennis players who have an open forehand. This can be achieved by placing the racket on your skull, keeping your knees bent, and your elbows locked.
Tennis players who have a non-dominant hand should move the racket in front of their head and over their shoulders. The racket should point towards your crotch if a right handed player and the racket should be pointing towards your waist if you’re a left handed player. This will stop the head-over-head swing or the under-shoulder swing from occurring. Keep your wrists straight while you swing. Also, make sure you don’t give any side of your body too much room.