Tennis is one of the most popular sports in the world. Tennis is a game that anyone can play from beginners to professional. Tennis players can be grouped into two broad categories based on their skill to hit the ball further and higher than a backhand or forehand. Tennis players are often unable to hit forehands because of the lack of knowledge on how to properly engage their muscles in order to hit strong forehands. Also, tennis players struggle with their backhands as they aren’t aware about the proper way to set themselves up to hit a perfect backhand on the court. These two areas are essential to the sport and must be addressed.
A successful tennis swing is contingent on the grip you use. Many beginners make the error of holding the racket in a way that is too loose or tight and then miss the ball making poor contact, or letting their racket slide when they swing at the ball. By holding the racket in the correct way will give you the best opportunity to hit the ball accurately every time.
Another thing to keep in mind is that your forehand swing path should be straight. As you approach the top end of your follow-through, your forehand swing path should be curved towards your top. This is referred to as cut or high arc shot. A low arc or hook would start out with a more natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These factors will influence the type of shots that you must be learning. For example, if you are practicing a technique known as the bank shot your forehand’s swing path will naturally turn toward the top as you move closer to the ball.
Remember to always swing with your shoulders squared with the ball. This helps keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball even as your arms swing freely. When you move your arms, your shoulders should not be able to leave the socket of your racquet. If this happens, it could be very difficult to catch the ball.
As you approach the ball, ensure to rotate your arm from your side, not from your backside. Rotating your arm to the side could decrease your power and ability generate power. To get your arm to move properly, you must be able to grip the club. A weak grip can be very dangerous because it can cause you to lose the ball or can cause you to overextend your arm. This can lead to injury.
Another important aspect in the proper grip is the angle of your stance. Tennis beginners tend to be right-handed and wear their right hand draped across their body. For beginners the left arm is usually slung over their body. Most coaches suggest using an even grip, or a style similar to a baseball posture. A neutral grip will prevent you from hitting with an arm that is not dominant.
Forehand tennis players with open stances are more likely to have problems with their forearms. When players with an open-stance forehand, they tend to twist their wrists and not have a good grip. This issue can be fixed by holding the racket in a neutral grip. Tennis players who have open stance forehand should attempt to have a closed grip. This can be accomplished by placing the racket over your head while your knees are bent and your elbows are locked.
Tennis players with a dominant hand should move the racket over their heads and then over their shoulder. If you’re a left handed player the racket should point towards your crotch. If you’re a lefthanded player, the racket should be pointing towards your waist. This will stop the over-the-head swing or the under-shoulder swing from occurring. When you swing, keep your wrists straight, and keep them down your hips, making sure you do not give either side of your body a chance to swing.