Drop volley

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  1. Golden Retriever

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    It is a shot that isn't taught on most textbooks but I think it is very effective if done right. Is there a right way to do it? Should I slice it or just block it? How high over the net should I aim the ball?
    I see the pros just block it with a very relaxed wrist and the racquet retracts after the block. The ball clears the net by only a foot or so.
     
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  2. Bungalo Bill

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    The drop volley is a feel shot. Loosen the grips and take pressure off the handle and let the ball come into the strings so you can absorb the impact.

    The drop volley is usually more of a block with feel.
     
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  3. Golden Retriever

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    " A block with feel." I like that. Like always your answer is right on. BTW I forgot to ask. Do I have to be really close to the net to attempt a drop volley?
     
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  4. Bungalo Bill

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    I helps. Some of those onehander guys can carve those drop volleys from a little further back but not too far back as it gets harder to control the ball into the right area.
     
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  5. K!ck5w3rvE

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    It must be used sparingley....its the same as a drop shot, it determines who wins the point the moment it is hit. If it is good, you win. If it isn't, they have a great put-away chance. Most commonly, they win. Don't use it excessively, because it then becomes readable.
     
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  6. Golden Retriever

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    IMHO, drop volley is more effective than drop shot because it can be dropped really short if you are close enough to the net. Also, your opponent has lesser time to prepare because most likely he has only just finished his swing when your racquet is already on the ball. For a drop shot he has ample time to read your shot.
     
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  7. Rickson

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    Definitely not a sliced shot. I use a block for the drop, but slicing a volley with a lot of pace is a bad idea.
     
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