The tennis drop shot is generally executed when you are near the net. A drop shot is done in a very delicate manner where the ball lands very softly near the net at your opponent’s side. Although some players try to execute a tennis drop shot in the baseline, the success rate is quite low, so your best bet is to be at the net. The shot can either be a miss (ball does not cross to the opponent’s court) or the opponent may be able read the drop shot and run quickly towards the ball, placing the attacker in a vulnerable position. For better results, execute the drop shot when you are inside the boundaries of the service boxes closer to the net.
The best tennis grip for drop shots is the continental grip. Professional tennis players learn to quickly change their forehand grip to the continental grip to hit the tennis drop shot. This is essentially the same grip used to hit a tennis volley and one that also best suited for the drop shot.
Normally, if you want to hit a tennis drop shot, you do not take a backswing. A backswing is only used as a disguise. The disguise backswing is very important if you want to surprise your opponent. If you do not initially begin with a backswing, your opponent will be able to read your plan. The only thing you need to remember to execute your drop shot is that the racquet should be about one foot above the point of contact. This is for you to create the brushing effect of the ball, creating a backspin. Backspin slows down the ball and results in a shorter bounce once it lands in the court. The shorter the bounce of the ball, the better, meaning less chance for your opponent to return the ball.
Less than a second from the ball contact, maintain the same racquet angle and avoid curling the racket as this can result to inconsistency. At this stage of the drop shot, your low body position made possible the horizontal position of the racquet’s long axis. In return, the perfect angle is achieved. The point of contact should be in front of your body. Generally the most comfortable height of ball contact is between your shoulder and your waist, although the waist height should be the easiest to execute. It’s also important to fix your eyes on the point of contact seconds after the contact.
Some drop shot executions do require a long follow through. However, a drop shot will have a follow through if you racquet moves very fast resulting in more slice upon ball contact. This type of drop shot creates a large amount of backspin.
A good drop shot is hit with slice and backspin, because of the brushing effect between the ball and the racquet face during contact. Slice or backspin slows down the ball once it passes over the net. You will know if your drop shot is good if the ball bounces 6 times before reaching the service line. Be reminded that a perfect drop shot is always short. The closer the ball to the net the longer the distance that your opponent has to run. Another characteristic of a good drop shot is when the ball falls down when it reaches the net.
To improve your drop shot, you need to practice more often with another player. The ideal way to do this is to start with a groundstroke rally first. Then, one player should hit a ball in the service line and making sure that ball bounces high. Once the ball bounces high, hit a drop shot. Practice hitting your drop shot in different areas of the tennis court (near the net or inside the service box). These tennis drop shot tips cover the fundamentals of the stroke. Make sure to practice these often to refine this shot as it is just as important as the ground strokes. With these this info you’ll have the other player running all over the court and you’ll be winning points or sapping their energy.