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How to Improve Your Tennis Swing


Summer is in full swing (pun intended) and that means scorching temperatures in Houston. Sticking to a consistent workout plan is key throughout the year even when it’s nice and toasty out. If you love basking in the Texas heat, tennis is a great sport that allows you to exercise at different intensity levels. Break out the tennis racket, grab a buddy, and meet us on the court—but only after you improve your tennis swing with our top tips. (If tennis isn’t your thing, check out our blog on perfecting your golf swing instead.)

There is no way around the hard work. Embrace it.” —Roger Federer

Ready Position

The first step to a solid forehand occurs before you even start your swing. As you wait for the ball to approach, hold the racket in your dominant hand with your other hand serving as support at the racket’s throat. As the ball nears and you ready yourself to start your swing, open your shoulders and keep your legs shoulder width apart.

You have to believe in yourself when no one else does.” —Venus Williams

Backswing

As you begin your backswing, power up by bringing your racket back until your racket head reaches about the same level as your head. Make sure that this is a smooth and consistent movement so you will be in position to transition to your forward swing at the optimal angle. Creating power for your forehand is caused by the rotation and extension of your arm. This brings us to the start of your forward swing.

Golfers are forever working on mechanics. My tennis swing hasn’t changed in 10 years.” —Pete Sampras

Forward Swing

Now that you’re in the right position and you’re almost ready to make contact with the ball, drop the racket below the height of the ball by bending your elbow. Generating power in your swing isn’t necessarily about being the strongest; technique is key. In addition to using your legs as a base, you should use three joints in your arm simultaneously to bring the racket upwards in a strong and controlled manner.

The first joint is the shoulder, which is what most players use. Don’t stop there. Use your elbow and wrist in unison to take your game to another level. The forces brought about by your legs, shoulder, elbow, and wrist are what create topspin so you can have a consistent and powerful swing.

If you don’t practice, you don’t deserve to win.” —Andre Agassi

Follow-Through

Once you make contact with the ball, follow through using the force that you have created to end your swing. To give you a mental picture, the follow-through resembles a windshield wiper.

Practice makes perfect. Champions didn’t become champions overnight. Continue working on your swing, and over time, you’ll see improvement in the consistency and power of your swing. Soon enough, things will become automatic. This helpful video puts into perspective some of the tips we have covered in this blog.

An important key to self-confidence is preparation.” —Arthur Ashe

Dealing with hand or wrist pain? To no one’s surprise, tennis elbow is an injury that frequently affects tennis players. Other injuries such as wrist sprains are also common. Request an appointment online to meet with a hand surgery specialist!

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