Tennis is one of the most played sports in the world. Tennis is a game that everyone can play, from beginners to pros. There are two primary categories of tennis players. They can be classified based on their ability to hit the ball further than a backhand or forehand. Most times, tennis players struggle with their forehands as they aren’t aware of how to engage the correct muscles for their forehands or in what order to hit strong forehands. In the same way, tennis players struggle with backhands due to the fact that they aren’t aware about how to position themselves to hit a nice backhand down the court. Therefore, these two important areas of the game must to be addressed by those who wish to excel at the sport.
A successful tennis swing is dependent on your grip. Many new players make the mistake of holding the racket too loose or tight and then miss the ball making poor contact, or having their racket slip 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 accurately every time.
The other thing you need to be aware of is that your forehand swing should be straight from the beginning and then curve towards the top of your body as you approach the top of your follow through. This is called a high arc or cut shot. A hook with a low arc will begin with a more natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These aspects will determine what kind of shots you need to be practicing. If you are working on the bank shot technique your forehand’s swing is likely to curve towards the top as you get closer to the ball.
Always keep your shoulders in line with the ball when you swing. This will ensure that your shoulders are always in contact with the ball, allowing your arms to move freely. Remember that your shoulders must never be removed from the socket or tennis racquet during your swing. This can make it extremely difficult to take the ball back in the event that this occurs.
When you approach the ball, ensure that your arm is pointed towards your side, and not your backside. Moving your arm to your side can actually reduce your power and your ability generate power. To get your arm to move properly it is essential to hold a firm grip on the club. A weak grip could be extremely dangerous as it can cause you to lose the ball or can cause you to overextend your arm. This can result in injuries.
Another crucial aspect of the correct grip is the angle you stand at. Most tennis players are right-handed and carry their right arm across their bodies. For beginners their left arm is typically carried over their body. Most coaches advise that you hold the club with the neutral grip or similar to a baseball position. A neutral grip will stop you from swinging with an arm that is not dominant.
Forehand tennis players with open stances tend to have problems with their forearms. Open stance forehand players tend to have problems with their grip. This issue can be resolved by holding the racket in a neutral grip. Tennis players with an open stance forehand must try 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 that have a dominant hand should move the racket over their head and over their shoulder. The racket should point towards your crotch if left handed, and it should face your waist if you are left handed. This will stop the over-the head swing and the under-the-shoulder swing from occurring. When you swing keep your wrists straight and lower your hips to ensure that you don’t allow either side of your body any space to swing.