Drop Volleys

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  1. mntlblok

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    Had some fun with some drop volleys, a ball machine, and a camera this week. Enjoy or ignore. :mrgreen: http://www.youtube.com/user/mentalblockKevin/videos

    Considering doing some more with balls that have more spin and maybe some with balls that have more pace - but those get kind of tricky.:)
     
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  2. LeeD

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    Lotta talk, poor technique to back it up.
    You might as well tell the baseliner you are hitting a drop volley, with that exxagerated swing.
    Only I cannot run it down....because I cannot run.
     
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  3. Roy125

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    Yeah, the backswing is huge and your dropper does float up a bit. It is, however, very effective if you're playing against guys like Leed which I probably guess you are.
     
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  4. LeeD

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    I figure, any shot you hit within 2' of the sidelines is a clean winner against me.
    So most of those drop shots ARE clean winners.
    However, you probably don't go out of your way to play against parapalegics or legless players, do you?
    I do know a 82 year old who drop's volleys just like that, same long stroke.
     
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  5. BullDogTennis

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    the forehand one looks more like you are hitting a short slice serve lol
     
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  6. Relinquis

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    you should be smashing balls that high... drop volleys are for low balls.
     
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    +1. He also missed them all just about.
     
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  8. mntlblok

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    Sharing

    I wonder why more folks don't share their stuff on here?? :mrgreen:
     
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  9. dherring

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    They do make good points. Your drop volley doesn't look bad but it isn't normally your best option when the ball is that high above the net. It could be effective but you would need to disguise it more, you don't make an effort to do that at all.
     
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  10. OHBH

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    Its not like he would be able to take a swing like that in an actual match anyway. He just screwing around trying to see how much backspin he can put on the ball given ideal conditions. Though I think practice something like that can hurt your match play volley technique in the long run
     
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  11. Relinquis

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    didn't mean to sound judgmental... it's good to mess around and try new things in practice.. have fun!

    why not do the same drill, but have your hitting partner feed the balls lower over the net to you and do a split step so you can get ready to hit these shots. if you can hit the same angles and keep the bounce low it will be pretty good.

    see what changes you'll need to make as that's what you'll face during a match. if in a match and the volley is that high, just smash it into a safe place in the court.
     
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  12. Govnor

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    Yeah. Haha!!!!!
     
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  13. mntlblok

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    These videos are very entertaining. Great touch/placement and spin control on these novelty shots.
     
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