Tennis is one of the most popular sports in the world. Everyone can play tennis, from beginners to the pros. There are two primary categories of tennis players. They are classified based on their ability to hit the ball further than a backhand or forehand. Most often, tennis players struggle with hitting forehands because they do not know how to properly engage the correct muscles for their forehands, and in what order to hit strong forehands. In the same way, tennis players struggle with their backhands as they aren’t aware about how to position themselves to hit a nice backhand down the court. These two areas are crucial to the game and need to be addressed.
The grip is the most critical element of the successful tennis swing. Many new players make the mistake of gripping the racket too tightly or loosely, and end up either hitting the ball too far or making an incorrect contact or even having the racket fall off when they are swinging at the ball. The right way to hold the racket in the right way will provide you with 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’s swing path should curve towards your top. This is known as a high arc or cut shot. A hook with a low arc would start out with an easier wrist hinge and wrist extension. These factors will influence the type of shots you should be learning. For instance, if, for example, you are practicing a technique known as the bank shot your forehand’s swing path will naturally shift towards the top as you get closer to the ball.
Always keep your shoulders squared with the ball. This will ensure that your shoulders are in constant contact with the ball which allows your arms to swing with ease. When you swing, your shoulders should not move away from the racquet’s socket. It could make it extremely difficult to capture the ball if this occurs.
When approaching the ball, ensure that your arm is pointing from your side and not your backside. Rotating your arm to the side will weaken the ability of your arm to generate power and create a great backswing. To allow your arm to move properly you need to be able to grip the club. Having a weak grip can be very dangerous because it can cause you lose the ball or could cause you to overextend your arm. This could result in injuries.
The angle of your stance is an crucial factor to ensure a good grip. Most tennis players are right-handed and carry their right arm across their body. For beginners the left arm is typically carried across their body. Most coaches advise that you hold the club in a neutral grip or like a baseball position. A neutral grip can stop you from swinging with an arm that is not dominant.
Tennis players with open stance forehand tend to have problems with their forearms. Open stance forehand players tend to have problems with their grip. This issue can be fixed by using a neutral grip. Closed grips are ideal for players with an open forehand. You can achieve this by placing the racket in front of your skull, with your knees bent, and keeping your elbows locked.
Tennis players with a dominant hand should move the racket over their heads 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 face towards your waist. This will prevent the swing that is over the head or the under-shoulder swing from happening. When you swing, keep your wrists straight and lower your hips, making sure you do not give either side of your body any space to swing.