Tennis is one of the most played sports in the world. Tennis is a game that anyone can play from beginners to professional. Tennis players can be divided into two broad categories based on their skill to hit the ball further and higher than a backhand or forehand. Tennis players often struggle to hit forehands due inexperience with how to properly engage their muscles and what order to hit strong forehands. Tennis players also struggle with their backhands due to lack of knowledge on how to properly position themselves to hit a strong backhand down the court. These two areas are crucial to the game and must be addressed.
The grip is the most critical aspect of an effective tennis swing. Many new players make the mistake of holding the racket too tight or loose and end up hitting the ball too far, making improper contact, or having the racket break off when they are swinging at the ball. The best method to hit the ball correctly is to keep the racket in the correct position.
Another important thing to remember is that your forehand’s swing path should be straight from the beginning and then curve upwards towards the top of your body as you reach the top of your follow through. This is called a cut shot or high arc. A low arc or hook starts with a more natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These factors will determine the type of shots you should be practicing. For instance, if, for example, you are practicing a technique that is known as the bank shot your forehand swing will naturally move towards the top as you get closer to the ball.
Keep your shoulders in line with the ball whenever you swing. This will ensure that your shoulders remain in constant contact with the ball which allows your arms to move freely. Keep in mind that the shoulders must not leave the socket or your tennis racquet during your swing. It could make it extremely difficult to capture the ball if this occurs.
When you are approaching the ball, ensure that your arm is pointed towards your side, and not your backside. The arm that is rotated on your side can weaken your ability to generate power and create a great backswing. You need to have a strong grip to control your arm’s movement. A weak grip could cause injuries. It can cause you lose the ball, or cause you to overextend your arms. This can result in injuries.
Another key factor in the proper grip is the angle of your stance. Tennis beginners tend to be right-handed and wear their right hand slung across the body. For beginners their left arm is usually slung over their body. Most coaches recommend using a neutral grip, or a style similar to a baseball posture. A neutral grip will stop you from swinging with an arm that is not dominant.
Forehand tennis players who have an open stance are more likely to have problems with their forearms. When players with an open stance forehand, they tend to twist their wrists and not have a good grip. A great solution to this issue is to hold the racket using an even grip. Tennis players with open stance forehands should try to use a closed grip. This can be accomplished by putting the racket behind your head while your knees are bent and your elbows are locked.
Tennis players with a non-dominant hand should swing the racket above their head and over their shoulders. The racket should point towards your crotch if left handed and should be facing your waist if you are a left handed player. 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 down your hips so that you do not give either side of your body any space to swing.