How To Swing a Tennis Racket Like a Pro
Here is a popular saying: A bad workman quarrels with his tools.
So, what if you have the best racket you can find, you have the balls and you find yourself in Wimbledon. What if everything was perfect, except your swing?
What would you do?
In this post, we like to teach you how to swing the racket like a pro. Whether you are a beginner at the game of tennis or you are an experienced player, it’s basic catechism that holding the racket right will minimize most arm and elbow injuries.
We must start with a caveat: the most basic rule of swinging a tennis racket is comfort; the important goal is hitting the ball. Let’s dive in.
1. The Grip
Ensure you have a proper grip on your tennis racket. Doing this requires, first of all, that you have chosen a tennis racket with the correct grip for you. For more choosing the proper grip, see our post on parts of a tennis racket and see about the grip.
A firm and comfortable grip on the racket is instrumental to a successful swing and ultimately, a successful game.
2. Swinging your Racket
a. Prepare yourself for the ball
Use your dominant hand to grip the ball and use your other hand to steady the racquet in your hands.
b. Get into position
Once you see the ball coming towards you, you ought to stand with your legs apart and slightly bent. This gives you the balance and strength you need to return the ball. After standing right, you need to relax your shoulders and move your racket back.
c. Keep the racket level
The next step is to move your non-dominant hand off the racket. Using your dominant hand, keep the racket level close to your head and adequately turn your shoulder or you may miss the ball.
d. Focus, aim, swing
As the ball comes closer to you, focus on the forward swing. This means that you are interested in hitting the ball with your racket and sending it back over the net. To do this, you must bend your elbow to allow for enough power and speed, while keeping the ball in your line of vision. As the ball comes closer, make sure the ball is within range and that you can reach the ball. You may not have time for a second swing if you miss the ball. Now swing that racket and make contact with the ball, like a pro, all the way to glory.
e. Follow through
After you make contact with the ball, make sure you follow through. DO NOT just touch the ball with the tennis racket and go. Follow through with your swing and let the bat drive the ball. This determines direction and will help you maintain your balance.
Once you have sent the ball away, you get a single moment to catch your breath and repeat the motion all over again as the ball comes towards you. While we have broken this down step by step, it very important to know that it’s just one fluid motion.
3. The Grip, again
Different grip positions and strengths influence how you swing your racquet. It impacts on the power of your swing, how far you want the ball to go and how high. Each grip and swing is useful in its own way. Some swings are useful for spinning the ball and others, like the backhand swing is ideal for generating power.
4. Tennis stroke
Here is a bonus point. There are five types of strokes in tennis, and all of them are dependent on the swing. They are:
(a) The Serve which is the most important stroke and which opens every section of the game in tennis. Nothing is more frustrating than sending the ball crashing into the net in a serve.
(b) The Forehand Stroke is usually the strongest shot on the tennis court because it involved the player’s dominant hand doing most of the work. Other key components of a successful forehand stroke is to make sure racquet is prepared and you stay balanced.
(c) The Backhand Stroke. Backhand strokes are divided into two: the one-hand backhand and the two-hand shot. The one hand backhand provides you with more reach while the two-handed shot provides more control and stability. Players commonly have an easier time hitting high balls with this variation.
(d) The Volley. The volley is that stroke that successfully send the ball back over the net. The key to a successful volley is to have a compact back swing while making sure you are making contact with the ball in the front.
(e) The Overhead looks like a strike but it’s not. Actually, its only difference is that you do no need to toss a ball like you would in a serve. Also, it requires more footwork. To perfectly execute an overhead stroke, it’s best you are in your ideal zone for a serve and the game has required the stroke.
This post has been about how to swing the racket. The most important points are to get into position, keep your eyes on the ball and make sure it is within range before you hit it. Then, hit it.
We hope this was helpful and that you will swing the racquet with more confidence, like a pro.