This weeks tip is a little about the drop shot when your opponents are back at the baseline.
are some players that actually like to stay back at the baseline and
just keep lobbing the ball high to two opponents standing at the NVZ.
NOT a great strategy. A good way to make them pay for this poor strategy
is the soft drop shot into the kitchen instead of continuously hitting
hard shots back.
The lobbers usually can handle your
decent smashes straight back at them. And if that is all you are going
to do, you could loose the point. So you have to NOT be predictable. If
you never hit anything different back at them, they KNOW each time you
smash it back at them, and they can get ready for it.
comes the soft drop shot. WAIT until you have a shot that you can take
LOW. While standing right up to the NVZ with a short lob coming your
way, you MUST wait for one that is fairly low. You want to disguise the
shot by taking your normal backswing you have been using while smashing
the balls back at their feet. However this time, at the last minute do
your forward swing slow and drop the ball soft into the kitchen.
Preferable on the side of the SLOWER opponent. They now have to bust
butt to get up and get the ball. Even if they do get it back it will
usually either be a pop up you can put away, or it will go deep out.
shot you are going to do this on MUST be one you can hit with control
when the ball is at shoulder height or lower. If you try and do this
drop shot reaching way up in the air you wont have as much control and
since you are taking the ball up high, it takes longer for this ball to
travel down to the ground and gives your opponents extra time to get to
I generally try and put some backspin on this shot if
possible as with backspin the ball will "DIE" on your opponents court
and it will make it even more difficult for them to return it.
if you miss the shot, you are putting your opponents on notice that you
have this shot in your arsenal and they have to be on guard for it.
They can no longer just hang back at the baseline hitting lob after lob.