Tennis is one of the most played sports played in the world. Anyone can play tennis, from beginners to professionals. Tennis players can be classified into two broad categories based on their level to hit the ball more and higher than a forehand or backhand. Most often, tennis players struggle with hitting forehands because they aren’t aware of how to properly engage the correct muscles for their forehands and in which order to hit powerful forehands. Tennis players also struggle with their backhands due to lack of knowledge on how to properly position themselves to hit a solid backhand down the court. So, these two crucial aspects of the game have to be addressed by those who wish to be successful in the sport.
The grip is the most critical element of the successful tennis swing. Many new players make the mistake of holding the racket too loose or tight and then miss the ball making poor contact, or letting their racket slide when they hit the ball. The right way to hold the racket in the right way will provide you with the best chance to hit the ball in the right way every time.
Another thing to keep in mind is that your forehand’s path should be straight. As you get closer to the top end of your follow-through, your forehand swing path should be curved towards your top. This is referred to as a cut shot or high arc. A low arc or hook will begin with a more natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These aspects will affect the type of shots you need to master. For instance, if you are practicing a technique referred to as the bank shot, your forehand swing will naturally shift towards the top as you move closer to the ball.
Keep your shoulders in line with the ball when you swing. This will ensure that your shoulders are in constant contact with the ball and allow your arms to swing with ease. While you swing, your shoulders should not be able to leave the racquet’s socket. If this happens, it can be extremely difficult to take the ball back.
When approaching the ball, ensure that your arm is directed from your side and not your backside. Rotating your arm on your side actually weakens your ability to generate power and create a great backswing. You need to have a strong grip to control your arm’s rotation. A weak grip could be extremely dangerous as it can cause you lose the ball or could cause you to overextend your arm. This could cause injuries.
Another key factor in the proper grip is the angle you stand at. Tennis beginners are typically right-handed and wear their right hand slung across the body. For those who are just beginning their left arm is typically carried across their body. Most coaches suggest holding the club with a neutral grip or in a manner similar to a baseball position. By holding the club in a neutral posture will ensure that you don’t have an arm that is not dominant during your swing.
Forehand tennis players with open stances are more likely to have issues with their forearms. Forehand players with an open stance are more likely to have problems with their grip. One way to address this problem is to hold the racket with a neutral grip. Tennis players with an open stance forehand should attempt to hold the racket with a closed grip. This can be achieved by placing the racket on your head, while your knees are bent and your elbows are locked.
Tennis players who are non-dominant hand should move the racket in front of their head and over their shoulders. If you’re a right-handed player the racket should point towards your crotch. If you’re a lefthanded player, it should be facing towards your waist. This will stop the over-the-head swing or the under-the-shoulder swing from occurring. Keep your wrists straight when you swing. Also, make sure you don’t give any part of your body too much space.