Tennis is among the most loved sports in the world. Everyone can play tennis, from beginners to professionals. Tennis players can be divided into two broad categories based on their skill to hit the ball farther and higher than a backhand or forehand. Most times, tennis players struggle with their forehands as they aren’t aware of how to engage the proper muscles for their forehands or in what order to hit strong forehands. Tennis players also struggle with their backhands due lack of knowledge on how to position themselves in order to hit a good backhand down the court. These two areas are crucial to the game and need to be addressed.
A successful tennis swing depends on the grip you use. Many beginners make the mistake of holding the racket too tightly or too loosely, and end up either missing the ball, making improper contact, or even having the racket break off when they are swinging at the ball. Holding the racket the right way will give you the best opportunity to hit the ball accurately every time.
The other thing you need to be aware of is that your forehand’s swing path should begin straight and then curve toward the top of your body when you get to the top of your follow through. This is known as cut shot or high arc. A hook with a low angle will have an natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These factors will determine the kind of shots you need to be practicing. For instance, if, for example, you are practicing a technique referred to as the bank shot, your forehand swing path will naturally move towards the top as you get closer to the ball.
Always keep your shoulders in line with the ball. This helps keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball while your arms are free to move. Remember that your shoulders must never move away from the socket or the tennis racquet during your swing. If this happens, it will be very difficult to catch the ball.
When you are approaching the ball, be sure to move your arm to your side, not your backside. Rotating your arm to the side could decrease your power and ability generate power. You must have a strong grip to control your arm’s movement. A weak grip can cause injury. It could cause you to miss the ball or cause you overextend your arms. This could result in injuries.
The angle of your stance is another important aspect to ensure an effective grip. Most tennis beginners are right handed and have their right arm slung across their body. For beginners, their left arm is typically carried over their body. Most coaches suggest using a neutral grip, or in a manner similar to a baseball posture. A neutral grip will prevent you from hitting with an arm that isn’t dominant.
Open stance forehand tennis players are more likely to have issues with their forearms. Forehands with an open stance tend to have problems with their grip. This issue can be resolved by holding the racket with an upright grip. Tennis players who have open stance forehand should attempt to hold the racket with a closed grip. This can be done by putting the racket behind your head while your knees are bent and your elbows are locked.
Tennis players with a dominant hand should move the racket above their head and over their shoulder. If you’re a right-handed player, the racket should face your crotch. If you’re a lefthanded player, the racket should be pointing towards your waist. This will help prevent either the over-the-head swing or the under-shoulder swing from occurring. Keep your wrists straight while you swing. Also, make sure you don’t give any side of your body too much room.