Tennis is among the most played sports played in the world. Everyone can play tennis, from beginners to the pros. Tennis players can be grouped into two broad categories based on their skill to hit the ball more and higher than a backhand or forehand. Most times, tennis players struggle with hitting forehands because they aren’t aware of how to properly engage the correct muscles for their forehands or in the right order to hit powerful forehands. Tennis players also have trouble with their backhands because of insufficient knowledge about how to position themselves to hit a strong backhand down the court. Therefore, these two important areas of the game must to be addressed by those who want to be successful in the game.
The grip is the most crucial element of an effective tennis swing. Many new players make the mistake of gripping the racket to tightly or too loosely and end up missing the ball or making a poor contact or even having the racket fall off when they swing at the ball. The best way to hit the ball correctly is to hold the racket correctly in the right position.
Another thing to keep in mind is that your forehand’s path should be straight. When you reach the top of your follow-through, your forehand’s path should curve towards your top. This is referred to as a high arc or cut shot. A hook with a low arc will begin with the more natural wrist hinge and wrist extension. These factors will determine what kind of shots you should be practicing. For instance, if you are practicing a technique that is known as the bank shot, your forehand swing path will naturally move towards the top as you move closer to the ball.
Keep your shoulders in line with the ball whenever you swing. This will ensure that your shoulders are in constant contact with the ball and allow your arms to swing freely. While you swing, your shoulders should not move away from the racquet’s socket. If this happens, it will be extremely difficult to catch the ball.
When you get close to the ball, be sure to rotate your arm from your side, not your backside. Rotating your arm to the side will weaken the ability of your arm to generate power and produce a strong backswing. To get your arm to rotate properly you need to hold a firm grip on the club. A weak grip could be very dangerous because it can cause you to lose the ball or can cause you to overextend your arm. This could result in injury.
Another important aspect in the correct grip is the angle you stand at. Most tennis players are right-handed and have their right arm slung across their bodies. For those who are just beginning their left arm is usually carried across their body. Most coaches advise that you hold the club in an open grip or similar to a baseball position. A neutral grip will prevent you from hitting with an arm that is not dominant.
Tennis players with open stance forehands tend to have problems with their forearms. Open stance forehand players tend to have problems with their grip. This problem can be solved by holding the racket in a neutral grip. Tennis players with open stance forehand should attempt to use a closed grip. This can be achieved by placing the racket over your head, while your knees are bent and your elbows are locked.
Tennis players who are non-dominant hand should move the racket in front of their head and over their shoulders. The racket should face your crotch in case you are an right-handed player, and it should face your waist if you’re left-handed. This will prevent the swing that is over the head or the under-shoulder swing from occurring. When you swing keep your wrists straight and lower your hips to ensure that you do not give either side of your body any space to swing.