That's fine. But the poster I was replying to changed the question from whether one should hit ALL drop shot returns to whether one should hit A drop shot. Those are two very different questions. You continue to set up a false choice: if OP doesn't play all drop shot returns, he's taking it easy on the opponent. In fact, though, as indicated by the 5-1 score and the state of OP's game and his NTRP level, the position advocated by many of us ITT (that OP play his normal game) is actually the more difficult style for the opponent. Here's a novel thought: how about the OP plays exactly like how he played to get to 5-1? If OP does that, he's off the court in 5 minutes with a 6-1 win. If he starts practicing drop shot returns, he's likely to drop a few into the net, maybe even lose a game or two, and he's on the court for another 15 minutes. The "humiliation" of losing isn't the issue. Literally no one ITT has said it would be wrong for the OP to beat the opponent 6-1 by continuing to play his normal game that got him to 5-1. Rather the problem folks have is deliberately changing your game when up 5-1 against a clearly inferior player to practice a particular stroke. At that point, the message shifts from "I'm a better player than you because I'm up 5-1" to "You're not worth my effort and so I'm going to play a single low percentage shot because I want you to know it."