Tennis is among the most popular sports in the world. It is a sport everyone can play, from beginners to pros. Tennis players can be classified into two broad categories based on their skill level to hit the ball farther and higher than a forehand or a backhand. Most often, tennis players struggle with hitting forehands because they don’t know how to engage the correct muscles for their forehands and in the right order to hit powerful forehands. Also, tennis players struggle with their backhands as they aren’t aware about how to properly position themselves for a great backhand down the court. Therefore, these two important areas of the game must to be addressed by those who wish to be a pro at the game.
A successful tennis swing is contingent on the grip you use. 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 when they are swinging at the ball. By holding the racket in the correct way will give you the best chance to hit the ball accurately every time.
Another important thing to remember is that your forehand’s swing path should be straight. As you get closer to the top end of your follow-through, your forehand’s path should curve towards your top. This is referred to as cut shots or high arc. A hook with a low arc starts with a more natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These factors will determine the kind of shots you should be practicing. If you’re practicing the bank shot technique, your forehand swing course will naturally curve towards the top as you get closer to the ball.
Keep your shoulders in line with the ball whenever you swing. This helps keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball even as your arms are free to move. While you move your arms, your shoulders should not move away from the socket of your racquet. If this happens, it can be extremely difficult to catch the ball.
When you get close to the ball, be sure to move your arm to your side, not your backside. Rotating your arms to your side can actually decrease your power and ability generate power. You need to have a strong grip to control your arm’s movement. A weak grip could lead to injury. It can cause you miss the ball, or cause you to overextend your arms. This can lead to injuries.
The angle of your stance is also an crucial factor to ensure an effective grip. Most tennis beginners are right-handed and have their right arm stretched across their bodies. The left arm of beginners is often slung across their body. Most coaches recommend using a neutral grip or in a manner similar to a baseball position. A neutral grip will stop you from hitting with an arm that isn’t dominant.
Tennis players with open stance forehands tend to have issues with their forearms. Open stance forehand players tend to have issues with their grip. This issue can be fixed by holding the racket in an upright grip. Tennis players with an open stance forehand must try to hold the racket with a closed grip. You can achieve this by placing the racket behind your skull, your knees bent and your elbows locked.
Tennis players that have a hand that is not dominant should swing the racket over their head and over their shoulder. If you’re a right handed player the racket should be facing your crotch. If you’re a lefthanded player, it should be facing towards your waist. This will prevent the swing that is over the head or the under-shoulder swing from occurring. When you swing, keep your wrists straight and down your hips to ensure that you don’t give either side of your body a chance to swing.