Tennis is a hugely popular sport. Tennis is a game that everyone can play, from beginners to professionals. There are two primary types of tennis players. They are classified based on their ability to hit the ball more than a forehand or backhand. Most times, tennis players struggle with hitting forehands because they do not know how to engage the proper muscles for their forehands or in which order to hit powerful forehands. Tennis players also struggle with their backhands because of insufficient knowledge about how to properly position themselves to hit a good backhand down the court. Therefore, these two important aspects of the game have to be addressed by those who wish to excel at the game.
A successful tennis swing is contingent on the grip you use. Many beginners make the mistake of holding the racket too tight or loose, and end up either hitting the ball too far, making improper contact, or even having the racket break off when they swing at the ball. The right way to hold the racket in the right way will give you the best opportunity to hit the ball in the right way every time.
Another thing to keep in mind is that your forehand swing path should be straight. As you approach the top of your follow-through, your forehand swing path should curve towards your top. This is known as cut shots or high arc. A hook with a low angle will have a natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These aspects will affect the type of shots you should be learning. If you are practicing the bank shot technique the forehand swing is likely to curve towards the top as you get closer to the ball.
Be sure to keep your shoulders squared with the ball. This will ensure that your shoulders are always in contact with your ball which allows your arms to swing with ease. Be aware that your shoulders must never move away from the socket or the tennis racquet during your swing. If this happens, it can be extremely difficult to catch the ball.
When you get close to the ball, ensure to move your arm to your side, not your backside. Rotating your arms towards your side can decrease your power and ability to generate power. You need to have a strong grip to control your arm’s rotation. A weak grip could be extremely dangerous as it could cause you to lose the ball or can cause you to overextend your arm. This can lead to injuries.
The angle of your stance is another important factor in ensuring a good grip. The majority of tennis players are right handed and have their right arm slung across their body. For those who are just beginning, their left arm is usually slung across their body. Most coaches advise that you hold the club in a neutral grip or similar to a baseball position. Holding the club in a neutral position can aid in preventing an arm that is not dominant during your swing.
Forehand tennis players with open stances are more likely to have problems with their forearms. Open stance forehand players tend to have problems with their grip. One way to address this problem is to hold the racket using an even grip. Closed grips are ideal for players with an open forehand. This can be done by placing the racket over your head while your knees are bent and your elbows are locked.
Tennis players that have a non-dominant hand should swing the racket over their heads and over their shoulder. The racket should point towards your crotch in case you are left handed and should be facing your waist if you are left-handed. This will prevent the over-the head swing and the under-the-shoulder swing from occurring. Keep your wrists straight as you swing. Also, ensure you don’t give any part of your body too much space.