Tennis is a very popular sport. Anyone can play tennis, from beginners to the pros. There are two major categories of tennis players. They are classified based on their ability to hit the ball more than a forehand or backhand. Most times, tennis players struggle with their forehands as they aren’t aware of how to use the right muscles for their forehands or in which order to hit powerful forehands. Tennis players also have trouble with their backhands because of lack of understanding about how to position themselves in order to hit a strong backhand down the court. These two areas are vital to the sport and must be addressed.
The grip is the most crucial element of the successful tennis swing. Many beginners make the mistake of holding the racket too tightly or too loosely and end up not hitting the ball or making a poor contact or having the racket break off when they are swinging at the ball. By holding the racket in the correct way will give you the best chance to hit the ball accurately every time.
The other thing you need to remember is that your forehand swing path should begin straight and then curve toward the top of your body as you approach the top of your follow through. This is known as cut or high arc shot. A hook with a low arc would have an natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These aspects will determine what kind of shots you should be practicing. For instance, if, for example, you are practicing a technique known as the bank shot, your forehand swing will naturally shift towards the top as you move closer to the ball.
Remember to always swing with your shoulders aligned with the ball. This will ensure that your shoulders are in constant contact with the 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. This can make it extremely difficult to take the ball back when this occurs.
When approaching the ball, ensure that your arm is directed towards your side, and not to your backside. Rotating your arm to your side can actually decrease your power and ability to generate power. You need to have a strong grip to control your arm’s rotation. Having a weak grip can be extremely dangerous as it can cause you be unable to catch the ball, or it can cause you to overextend your arm. This could lead to injury.
Another crucial aspect of the correct grip is the angle of your stance. Tennis beginners are typically right-handed and wear their right hand spread across their body. The left arm of newbies is often slung across their body. Most coaches advise that you hold the club with a neutral grip or like a baseball position. A neutral grip can stop you from hitting with an arm that is not dominant.
Tennis players who have open stance forehand are more likely to have issues with their forearms. Forehand players with an open stance are more likely to have problems with their grip. This problem can be solved by using an upright grip. Tennis players with open stance forehands should try to have a closed grip. This can be achieved by placing the racket behind your skull, with your knees bent and your elbows locked.
Tennis players that have a dominant hand should move the racket over their head and over their shoulder. The racket should be facing your crotch if an right-handed player, and it should face your waist if a left handed player. This will stop the over-the head swing and the under-the shoulder swing from occurring. When you swing keep your wrists straight, and keep them down your hips, making sure you don’t allow either side of your body a chance to swing.