Tennis is a hugely popular sport. It is a sport anyone can play from beginners to professional. There are two major categories of tennis players. They can be classified based on their ability to hit the ball more than a backhand or forehand. Most often, tennis players struggle with hitting forehands because they aren’t aware of how to engage the proper muscles for their forehands or in which order to hit powerful forehands. Also, tennis players struggle with backhands because they don’t know enough about the proper way to set themselves up to hit a great backhand down the court. Therefore, these two important aspects of the game have to be addressed by those who want to be successful in the game.
The grip is the most important element of a successful tennis swing. Many new players make the mistake of holding the racket too tightly or loosely and end up missing the ball, making improper contact, or even having the racket break off when they are swinging at the ball. The best way to hit the ball correctly is to keep the racket in the correct position.
The other important factor to remember is that your forehand swing path should start out straight and then curve toward the top of your body as you reach the top of your follow through. This is known as a high arc or cut shot. A hook with a low angle will have an natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These aspects will determine what type of shots you should be practicing. If you are working on the bank shot technique your forehand’s swing path will naturally curve toward the top as you get closer to the ball.
Remember to always swing with your shoulders aligned with the ball. This will ensure that your shoulders remain in constant contact with your ball which allows your arms to swing with ease. Keep in mind that the shoulders must never leave the socket or your racquet when you swing. If this happens, it will be extremely difficult to catch the ball.
When you approach the ball, ensure that your arm is pointed from your side and not to your backside. Rotating your arm to the side could reduce your power and ability to generate power. You need to have a strong grip to control your arm’s rotation. A weak grip can lead to injury. It could cause you to miss the ball, or cause you to overextend your arms. This could lead to injuries.
The angle of your stance is an important aspect to ensure the grip you have. Most tennis players are right handed and have their right arm stretched across their bodies. The left arm of beginner players is often slung across their body. Most coaches advise that you hold the club in an open grip or similar to a baseball position. A neutral grip can stop you from swinging with an arm that is not dominant.
Tennis players who have open stance forehand tend to have issues with their forearms. Forehands with an open stance tend to have issues with their grip. This issue can be resolved by holding the racket with a neutral grip. Tennis players who have open stance forehand must try to use 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 who have a non-dominant hand should hold the racket in front of their head and over their shoulders. If you’re a left handed player the racket should be facing your crotch. If you’re a lefthanded player, the racket should be pointing towards your waist. This will help prevent either the head-over-head swing or the under-the-shoulder swing from happening. When you swing keep your wrists straight and down your hips, making sure you don’t give either side of your body any space to swing.