Does this ever happen to you? You’re consistently hitting
your drop shots into the net, or perhaps they’re so high, they’re
coming back fast and at your feet? Then it’s time to develop
some touch on your drop shots. Hey everybody, it’s CJ Johnson. There is no doubt that the drop
shot is a tough shot to hit. In fact, it’s one of the most
difficult shots in pickleball. It can drive even the top players crazy. Today we’re going to start the first in
a four part series to help you get some consistency and touch on your drop shots. Speaking of consistency, if you want to stay up to
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time I post a new video. It’s hard to develop consistency if
you don’t have good shot mechanics and that’s what we’re going to
focus on in this video. First, let’s define a drop shot. A good drop shot would be
a shot that is hit softly. Even though it may be attackable, you don’t hit it into the
net and commit a fault. A better drop shot is one that
lands at or near the kitchen. A great drop shot is one that lands in
the kitchen and the apex of the bounce is below the net. When the
ball bounces below the net, your opponents must hit up
on the ball to get it over. It makes it much less likely that it is
an attackable shot and it allows you and your partner to move closer
to the non-volley zone. A drop shot uses mechanics
that are similar to a dink. The very first thing is
the paddle face is open. That helps to lift the
ball up and over the net. In addition to an open paddle face,
the paddle face is tilted to the side. It’s not straight below you. When it’s straight below
you it’s extremely difficult
to control the trajectory. Number three, the paddle swing is short and the
contact happens out in front of the body. The longer the swing is, the more difficult it is to control the
speed and the trajectory of the ball. Number four, the sensation is that we’re
pushing the ball off the paddle. Number five is grip pressure. When
we’re trying to hit a soft shot, we need to have a soft grip and I don’t
hear this fundamental talked about enough. We’re going to
use a scale of one to ten, one being the least amount of
pressure and 10 being the most. For a one hold the pressure so that if
I walked by I could grab it right out of your hand. Number 10, squeeze so tightly as tight as you
possibly can that it almost hurts. Those are your two extremes, 1 and 10. Now readjust your hand and select a
grip pressure right in the middle. That’s number five. To hit this shot, you want to have a grip pressure
somewhere between three and five. That’s going to help to give you control, consistency and feel. Consistent footwork is essential to the shot. Helle Sparre uses an analogy
that I just love and she says, picture a box and that you’re hitting
the shot from the top corner of the box. I just put out these four cones
and when I hit a forehand, I want to bend down and feel like I’m
pushing the ball off my paddle from the top corner of the box. I go back to my split step and I’m going
to do the same thing on the backhand side. Push the ball off
the top corner of the box. A great way to practice this, grab
some balls, stand at the baseline. You can do this all by yourself. Don’t
even need to have a practice partner. Drop the ball out in front of you and
work your way through one fundamental at a time. Whoops! Next week I’ll start sharing my three favorite
drop shot drills. In the meantime, check out this video, which will help you
to develop some footwork, consistency. If you got value from watching today, give it a thumbs up or share this video
with your pickleball playing friends because. Together we can Train
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Dennis Veasley

One thought on “How to Hit a Pickleball Drop Shot Video 1”

  1. Out of 10 shots, how many can you consistently hit into the non-volley zone from the baseline or transition zone?

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