View Full Version : Can you win without a dropshot on hardcourt?

Golden Retriever
08-26-2007, 12:11 PM
My dropshot really sucks but if I never use it would that take the variety away from my game? Is a dropshot necessary or optional on hardcourt?

08-26-2007, 12:18 PM
Lots of pro matches go without a single real drop shot. I don't see it being a problem for you.

08-26-2007, 12:19 PM
I almost never use it and I play all my high school matches on hard courts and had a stellar personal record. It does help and i can do it when I am focused but I also think it depends on the level you play.

What level are we talking about here?

08-26-2007, 12:22 PM
Can you? Sure, most do. Should you? Learn every shot, is my best advice.

Golden Retriever
08-26-2007, 12:22 PM
3.5 I guess.

08-26-2007, 12:25 PM
3.5 I guess.

Then don't stress about not being able to hit one, but as mentioned above, it wouldn't hurt to learn how to hit it.

08-26-2007, 12:31 PM
You don't need to be able to hit a baseline dropshot, but you should learn touch so you can drop it close to the net when you're inside the service line. No reason not to learn how to hit every shot

08-26-2007, 12:44 PM
To be the best, Master the best. Most of the time pro use it when they are up at net. Two reason why i think pro dont use it all the time is either they want to show how long they can last in a rally to see who's better or either its just a risky shot to make on a hardcourt. Easyest way to drop shot is to slice the ball, but take skill to touch the ball.

08-26-2007, 01:17 PM
Nah, you don't really need one. Doesn't hurt knowing though.

Steady Eddy
08-26-2007, 01:45 PM
Best comment I ever heard about having variety in one's game, was that most players suffer having too much variety, and not enough consistency. It's true that to beat most people hit the same boring shot over and over, this is pretty close to what Nadal does. So, no you don't need a dropshot on asphalt, or even on clay for that matter.

But it's fun to learn new tennis shots.

08-26-2007, 01:52 PM
I have seen more presidents elected than hit successful dropshots.

Would it help me to learn?


Is it entirely necessary?



08-26-2007, 02:01 PM
why i think pro dont use it all the time is either they want to show how long they can last in a rally to see who's better

I have to disagree with that. I can't see pros purposely making a rally longer if they could win by finishing it more quickly. At the pro level players are so quick that unless you hit a nice disguised dropshot off the right shot, they will easily get to it.

08-26-2007, 09:42 PM
Nothing is mandatory in tennis except the serve.

08-26-2007, 09:43 PM
Nothing is mandatory in tennis except the serve.

haha yea. on the return, you can just flail at the ball and pray while doing so.

08-27-2007, 12:15 AM
For players with too much variety, they can actually take time to master one shot, and perfect it before mastering another shot. That'll make them great in time to come.

Learn it, but continue to practice other basic strokes like groundies and serves.