Tennis is among the most loved sports in the world. Everyone can play tennis, from beginners to the pros. There are two major categories of tennis players. They are classified based on their ability to hit the ball farther than a forehand or backhand. Most times, tennis players struggle with their forehands as they don’t know 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 insufficient knowledge about how to properly position themselves to hit a solid backhand down the court. This is why these two essential areas of the game must to be addressed by those who wish to be successful in the sport.
A successful tennis swing is contingent on your grip. Many new players make the mistake of holding the racket in a way that is too loose or tight and then miss the ball, making poor contact or having their racket slip when they swing at the ball. Holding the racket the right way will provide you with the best chance to hit the ball accurately every time.
The other important factor to keep in mind is that your forehand’s swing path should be straight from the beginning and then curve towards the top of your body when you get to the top of your follow through. This is known as cut or high arc shot. A hook with a low arc will begin with the more natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These aspects will affect the type of shots that you must be learning. If you are practicing the bank shot technique your forehand’s swing path will naturally curve toward the top as you get closer to the ball.
Remember to always swing with your shoulders squared with the ball. This helps keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball as your arms are free to move. When you swing, your shoulders should not move away from the socket of your racquet. It can make it very difficult to take the ball back if this happens.
When you get close to the ball, ensure to rotate your arm from your side, not from your backside. Rotating your arms towards your side can reduce your power and your ability to generate power. You need a solid grip to control the rotation of your arm. A weak grip can lead to injuries. It could cause you to lose the ball or cause you overextend your arms. This could cause injury.
Another important aspect in the proper grip is the angle you stand at. The majority of tennis players are right-handed and have their right hand slung across the body. For those who are just beginning their left arm is usually carried over their body. Most coaches recommend that you hold the club in the neutral grip or similar to a baseball posture. By holding the club in a neutral position can ensure that you don’t have an arm that is not dominant when you swing.
Forehand tennis players who have an open stance are more likely 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. A great way to solve this problem is to hold the racket using an even grip. Closed grips are ideal for players with an open forehand. You can achieve this by placing the racket in front of your skull, keeping your knees bent, and keeping your elbows locked.
Tennis players that have a hand that is not dominant should swing the racket over their heads and then over their shoulder. If you’re a right-handed player the racket should be facing your crotch. If you’re a lefthanded player, the racket should be pointing towards your waist. This will stop the over-the head swing as well as the under-the-shoulder swing from occurring. When you swing keep your wrists straight and lower your hips, making sure you don’t allow either side of your body any space to swing.