Besides being fun, tennis is a sport that will help with your cardiovascular fitness and your hand-eye coordination, plus it is a great calorie-burning workout.
If you have fallen in love with the sport but it does not seem to love you back, here are some basic tips to improving your tennis game:
The Proper Forehand Grip
Though often overlooked, the right forehand grip is the foundation of a solid tennis performance. For their volleys and serves, professional players use the “continental” grip. In the continental, the knuckle of your index finger must be on the top right angle of the racquet. An easy way to accomplish this grip is by grabbing your racquet as if you are shaking hands with someone. For groundstrokes, try to use the “semi-western” grip. This grip will give you more power and control since it creates more topspin on the ball. This is accomplished by moving your index finger to the bottom right angle of the racquet.
Maintain Proper Posture
According to Tennis Server, maintaining proper posture is important to taking your tennis to the next level. Keeping your head still is one of the things that beginner’s forget to do. By keeping your head still, you are not only improving your posture but it will keep you from mishitting shots. Follow the ball through the racquet and maintain your head balance until the shot has been played.
To maintain proper posture you should also use your core and leg muscles. Instead of bending and stretching above the waist which can cause back injury, bend down with your legs to maintain balance.
Improve Your Tennis Ball Toss
For someone starting out in tennis, the ball toss before a serve can be temperamental. Having a consistent ball toss will improve your serve immensely. A proper ball toss should go straight up and down 18 inches in front of your lead foot. This will give your serve some momentum and greater speed. The right ball toss is also characterized by a gentle throw as opposed to a sudden chuck. Grip the ball with your finger tips and release the ball softly.
A way to practice your ball toss is by focusing exclusively on it. Grab a bucket of tennis balls and start throwing the ball without hitting it until you have a fairly consistent ball toss. Try to land it on the same spot on the ground as much as possible. You can even lay a spare tennis racquet on the ground and see if you can get the ball to land on its face.
Prevent Tennis Elbow
If you are playing tennis consistently, you are most likely to experience painful tennis elbow. Avoid pain by performing stretches that flex your elbows and its connecting muscles. You can try the wrist flexion stretch. Hold your hand out with your palm down while your fingers are pointed to the ground. Slowly push with your opposite hand until you feel a stretch but not pain. If you are already experiencing tennis elbow, you should rest your arm for at least a week. When you are ready to resume your tennis training, you can use a massage stick to put some gentle pressure on the tender areas.
More from Kathrine:
Tai Chi to Combat Stress and Improve Your Brain
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Kathrine played high school and collegiate soccer. Ever since then, she’s always integrated fitness into her everyday life. She enjoys trying out new outdoor recreational activities during her spare time.
- ^ right forehand grip (www.realbuzz.com)
- ^ Tennis Server (www.tennisserver.com)
- ^ the ball toss (tennisassist.com)
- ^ painful tennis elbow (www.coreperformance.com)
- ^ Tai Chi to Combat Stress and Improve Your Brain (sports.yahoo.com)
- ^ Get a Full-Body Workout by Kayaking (sports.yahoo.com)
- ^ Rollerblade Your Way to Weight Loss (sports.yahoo.com)
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