Tennis is among the most played sports played in the world. It is a sport everyone can play, from beginners to pros. There are two main categories of tennis players. They are classified based on their ability to hit the ball further than a backhand or forehand. Tennis players typically struggle to hit forehands due to inexperience with how to effectively engage their muscles and in what order to hit strong forehands. Likewise, tennis players also struggle with their backhands as they don’t know enough about the proper way to position themselves to hit a great backhand down the court. These two areas are essential to the game and must be addressed.
The grip is the most crucial element of an effective tennis swing. Many beginners make the error of holding the racket too tightly or loosely, and end up either not hitting the ball or making an incorrect contact or having the racket fall off while they swing at the ball. The best method to hit the ball correctly is to hold the racket in the correct position.
Another important thing to be aware of is that your forehand swing should begin straight and then curve towards the top of your body when you get to the top of your follow through. This is called a cut shot or high arc. A hook with a low arc would start out with a more natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These aspects will affect the kind of shots you should be learning. For example, if you are practicing a technique referred to as the bank shot, your forehand swing path will naturally turn toward the top as you move closer to the ball.
Be sure to keep your shoulders aligned with the ball. This will keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball as your arms are free to move. Be aware that your shoulders should never move away from the socket or the tennis racquet during your swing. If this happens, it can be very difficult to take the ball back.
When approaching the ball, ensure that your arm is pointed towards your side, and not to your backside. Moving your arm to your side can actually decrease your power and ability to generate power. You must have a strong grip to control your arm’s rotation. A weak grip can be dangerous since it can cause you lose the ball or could cause you to overextend your arm. This could cause injuries.
Another important aspect in the proper grip is the angle you stand at. Most tennis beginners are right handed and have their right arm stretched across their bodies. The left arm of beginners is often carried over their body. Most coaches recommend that you hold the club in a neutral grip or like a baseball position. A neutral grip can stop you from hitting with an arm that isn’t dominant.
Open stance forehand tennis players are more likely to have problems with their forearms. Open stance forehand players tend to have problems with their grip. A great way to solve this problem is to hold the racket using an even grip. Closed grips are best for tennis players with an open forehand. This can be accomplished by putting the racket behind 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. The racket should face your crotch if you are left handed and the racket should be pointing towards your waist if you are left-handed. This will stop the swing that is over the head or the swing under the shoulder from occurring. Keep your wrists straight when you swing. Also, ensure you don’t give any part of your body too much room.