There are several different ways to learn how to swing a tennis racket that are all effective and necessary parts of the game of tennis. Like any major aspect of any major sport, learning how to swing a tennis racket takes time, diligence and practice so you can cement the mechanics and transition the motion into a fluid motion during actual game play.
Things you'll need:
- Tennis racket
- Tennis ball
- Forehand Perhaps the most common swing in tennis is the forehand. The forehand is used as the primary method of volleying the tennis ball back and forth across the net during gameplay. In order to swing the tennis racket using the forehand position, the player's feet should be shoulder length apart and pointing towards the net. The knees should be bent. The player should hold the racket in his or her strong hand with the hand gripping the handle towards the bottom. but not too close to the end. To begin the swinging motion, the player should take a step forward with their opposite foot (opposite to the strong hand) and begin to open his or her abdomen and hips, twisting the body towards the strong hand. The strong hand should be reaching back about chest high in preparation for hitting the ball. As the player brings his or her arm forward to hit the ball, he should lower the racket and swing using a high to low motion. While bringing the arm forward, the player should be twisting his or her midsection forward towards the net, as well as stepping forward with the opposite foot. When the player swings the racket forward, it should make contact with the ball right at the hip. After the ball is hit, the player should make sure to follow through with the swing.
- Backhand The standard backhand swing involves two hands. To begin the swing, the racket should be held at the center of the player's waist facing the net. Normally, the backhand is used to hit a shot that goes towards the player's weak side. As the player brings the racket back with both hands, he or she should bring the racket back towards the weak side of the body, turning the entire body into the swing. At the furthest point back of the swing, the player's racket should be pointing towards the back of the tennis court. The player should take a big step forward with their strong side foot as they bring the racket forward. Again, the racket should come from a low position upward and equal with the ball to give it topspin. As the player follows through the racket should return to chest level as it comes across the front of the player's body and the swing should finish with the racket ending over the player's strong shoulder.
- The Serve The basic serve begins with the player's left foot pointing toward the net and the right foot pointing parallel to the baseline. The player should hold the ball in his or her left hand in front of the left leg, while the right hand should hold the racket next to the right leg. The player then brings the ball up while simultaneously bringing the racket up behind his or her back. The ball should be released at head level or higher and the right hand should have the racket in striking position slightly above the top of the head. The elbow of the arm with the racket should be completely bent behind the head. As the ball falls the player should bring the racket forward over their head and strike the ball slightly above head level. The player should follow through with the racket so it finishes on the left side of the legs.
These are just three of the swings that you can learn. Each swing is made up of minute mechanics and timing. Each section and timing of the swing should be practiced religiously in order to make a fluid movement during the actual match itself.