Can i learm a bh drop shot?

#1
If i do not have a decent bh slice?
I am about 3.5, my bh slice is about 3 level.
I am 48, a lot of opponent does not like to run too much...

Thank you for your answer
Totj
 
#2
Of course you can. Drop shot is the only one shot that doesn't require any power (thus technique). Anyone can learn it by experimenting it several time, ie tap the ball over easily.

You can do it.
 
#5
Unfortonutaly i dont have a good feel for it.
I dont have access for ball machine and i dont have practise partner.
Only matches...
I think this are the main reason that i dont have a confidence for the bh dropshot...
 
#9
The problem with drop shot is people think they have to imitate the highlight reel off a pro-tournament were the ball just drops over and massive backspin kills it dead.

Against 3.5 level opponents you don't need it to be that good, a short slice will be more than enough to catch them out and often get them to miss. It is what I do most of the time.

If you want to hit a proper dropshot the most important thing to remember is to give it some air, almost treat it as a short backspun lob. Too many players try to get it to skim over the net, that isn't how to play it.
 
#10
Is there a drop shot wall practise drill that i can do contionusly with one ball?
I would thank a lot..
Well no because the ball needs to be coming at you with pace and you need to remove the pace. So one shot hard against the wall then try to take pace off and have it just barely make the wall above the net line. It will dribble back and you have to again hit one hard then try to take the pace off to just barely make the wall above the net line.

Drop shots are purely a feel shot so you need to play some social matches or something to get a feel for them in a match that doesn't count for anything (arguably that's every match for a rec player, but for argument sake we'll assume leagues and tourneys have "meaning"). Of course if you spend a whole match drop shotting your opponent you might never get invited out, so chosse your opponents wisely.

And drop shots are best used very selectively. Even at 54 I can get to most of them if I know they are coming.
 
#11
If you want to hit a proper dropshot the most important thing to remember is to give it some air, almost treat it as a short backspun lob. Too many players try to get it to skim over the net, that isn't how to play it.
I have to disagree. The more air you give the drop shot, the more time your opponent has to reach it. Plus the more likely it is to bounce above the height of the net, giving them a sitter. You should keep the dropper low, and if that means you're at risk for hitting the net, then you shouldn't be hitting a drop shot from that position.
 
#12
I have to disagree. The more air you give the drop shot, the more time your opponent has to reach it. Plus the more likely it is to bounce above the height of the net, giving them a sitter. You should keep the dropper low, and if that means you're at risk for hitting the net, then you shouldn't be hitting a drop shot from that position.
It's a matter of degree. How much height is "enough" varies depending on your disguise, your position, your opponent's position, his anticipation, and his quickness.

In general, I'd say most people try to hit too good of a DS and end up netting, either by hitting way too much backspin or trying to barely clear the net.

I aim for about 4-5' past the net, both vertically and horizontally, with a modest amount of backspin. Maybe by the time it passes the net, the height differential has dropped from 4' over to maybe only 2' over or less. I'm thinking about the apex of the shot.

I absolutely want to make my first one, even if it isn't great, just to get the guy running. A netted DS doesn't gain me much. A sitter drop shot, even if he wins the point, at least made him sprint.
 
#13
If i do not have a decent bh slice?
I am about 3.5, my bh slice is about 3 level.
I am 48, a lot of opponent does not like to run too much...

Thank you for your answer
Totj
Sure you can learn. Since you don't have a ball machine or a practice partner, the wall is best.

Don't try to hit a great DS; work on hitting decent ones. Give yourself plenty of margin at first; at the very least, you'll make your immobile opponents run to the net, even if only to put away your DS which might turn into a sitter. But you've made them run. As you get better, your margin will shrink.

Working on the regular BH slice will definitely pay dividends in learning the BH DS. A lot of the mechanics and feel are similar. In fact, you might do better to work on your BH slice first.

- Don't "chop" severely at the ball in an attempt to generate insane backspin that will cause the ball to bounce back over on your side. It's pretty when it happens but low %. Use a moderate amount of backspin.

- Don't try to barely make it over the net. Give yourself plenty of margin so you can hit a repeatable stroke under pressure.

- Experiment with different grip tensions and racquet face angles. Too tight of a grip makes touch difficult; too open of a racquet face will cause the ball to pop up more; too closed of a racquet face will cause the ball to go into the net

At some point, you want to practice this on a court with a net vs just the wall. Keep in mind that drop feeding to yourself is actually more difficult to hit a subsequent drop shot because you lack the incoming speed and TS, which are helpful. Note also that it's difficult to DS when the incoming ball is sliced because you have to reverse the direction of the spin somewhat whereas a TS ball allows you to continue rotating the ball in the same direction.

Be patient.
 
#14
Try this as a goal during practice for baseline dropshots.

Try to hit a dropshot that crosses the net as low as possible but still bounces two times or more before it crosses the service line.

Bonus if you can make it bounce more than 2x before service line.

Fun challenge. Try to get it to spin back over the net.
 
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