How to execute a drop shot in tennis. The drop shot is what I call a specialty shot. It requires a lot of practice and a lot of
feel for the ball. The way you execute a drop shot on either
the forehand or backhand is you want to create a tremendous amount of backspin so when the
ball bounces on the other side of the net it stops and actually bounces back towards
you or dies and takes a nice soft bounce. You execute it by chopping under the ball
and what I call feathering it. So you, on the backhand side if I were to
demonstrate, you come under the ball, you create a tremendous amount of backspin on
the ball, very soft, the ball is moving very slow and it just drops over the other side
of the net and stops. Most people don’t understand also that with
a drop shot, you shouldn’t execute it by hitting is low over the net. The trajectory of a drop shot should be fairly
high over the net. Let’s say three or four feet over the net
because then your trajectory can be directly down on the other side on your opponents side
of the net. If you try to go low over the net you’re
going to hit the net and the ball is going to travel too much toward your opponent. When do you hit a drop shot? You hit a drop shot when your opponent’s
way back in the court. There are a lot of people that play tennis
that do not like to come forward so a drop shot forces them to run forward to get it. So, that’s a good time to hit a drop shot. However, don’t get drop shotitis, which means
you drop shot every shot you can. You don’t want to hit a drop shot from behind
the base line very often. Very rarely. Most of the time the best drop shots are hit
when you are inside no man’s land or closer. What do you think? I like it. The best answer to a drop shot is another
drop shot. So, let’s say that Joe hits a drop shot. He’s 25 feet from the net, which is not too
far back for him to try it. And he hits a nice drop shot but flee footed
Kirk manages to get to the ball. Now, I’m 10 feet from the net if Joe had stayed
back where he was, maybe I could beat him with an easier drop shot. So, the best answer to a drop shot is another
drop shot. Good tactic, if Joe hits that drop shot, well
is to move up because he’s going to take the drop shot away from me. Now I have to lift the ball to him, step in
and volley the ball right past him. That’s right. See, good players know what response you should
have to certain shots and I know that the best response to a drop shot is another drop
shot. So if I hit a drop shot, and Kirk comes running
up, I have to run up and take away his best option, which is another drop shot. So that’s the drop shot.

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10 thoughts on “How to Hit a Drop Shot | Tennis Lessons”

  1. Im not trying to be cocky or anything, but I've never had a problem with hitting a drop shot. In fact I use it on people who often dont move around too much.

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