Practicing drop shots and passes

aj_m2009

Professional
How would I go about practicing drop shots and passing shots without a practice partner? Oh heck, how do you practice these shots against a(sort of)moonballer who never, and I mean never, comes to net? As I have stated a few times my dad is the only person who I can practice with and he is really a sort of moonballer. And he never comes to net even if I hit a drop shot that is farily decent and he gets to it he still finds a way to get back to the baseline. How would I go about practicing these shots with and without a practice partner(who is a moonballer)?
 

morten

Hall of Fame
Play against the wall,seriously you will get a feel for the ball with a choplike motion,did it all the time as a kid,the drop shot has always been a weapon for me.
 

Geezer Guy

Hall of Fame
Well, the good news is that you will probably play against a lot of moonballers in your life, and you're lucky to get to practice against one all the time now. Learning to beat your moonballer father now will help you win a LOT of matches in the future. Look around on this site, and you'll see that a LOT of people have problems beating them.

If you want to practice dropshots, go ahead and hit them. Don't be discouraged if he runs up to the net, returns your dropshot, then runs back to the baseline. Just hit ANOTHER drop shot. Keep hitting drop shots everytime he runs back to the baseline, and he'll (eventually) quit running back to the baseline (or else he'll drop dead). Once he stays at the net, then you can work on your passing shots.

Also, you have an advantage that this is your dad. JUST TELL HIM you want to practice with him at the net - and I'll bet he'd be happy to oblidge. Tell him you like playing matches against him sometimes, but sometimes you just want a practice partner that you can practice certain shots with. And, maybe your dad has certain shots HE wants to work on.

I know a LOT of dads who WISH their kids would play tennis with them. You dad might be honered if you'd ask him to help you improve your game. (You could even use him as a sparing partner - tell him you're playing a serve and volleyer next week, so you want him to serve and volley every point. Or whatever.)
 

kevhen

Hall of Fame
I hit sliced overheads against moonballers otherwise I will just moonball them back and wait for a ball to go to net on. I hit some with a girl last night who liked to lob and hit moonballs.
 

Bungalo Bill

G.O.A.T.
kevhen said:
I hit sliced overheads against moonballers otherwise I will just moonball them back and wait for a ball to go to net on. I hit some with a girl last night who liked to lob and hit moonballs.
A girl Kevhen? A little girl?
 

kevhen

Hall of Fame
Yeah she is that girl in my league who is rated regionally for her age of 16. She is a 3.5 level player with many colleges contacting her now about tennis since she is only a sop****re. She is all around a good player with good groundstrokes, good serve, and decent volley. I won 6-1, 6-1 playing a bit sloppy myself and at times easy on her so we could have some good rallies. She has potential with her height and slim build. She has a decent flat serve and slow slice serve. I showed her to hit the hard slice serve. She is amazed I can hit most all of my serves with pretty much the same ball toss. She was working on her topspin serve some last night and was demoing racquets too. I told her to stay confident and told her not to stand so far back when returning serve even though she had played me before and felt a bit overwhelmed with my serve.
 

papa

Hall of Fame
"sliced overheads" are an interesting approach - actually one I wouldn't have thought about. Womens tennis has become very competitive at the college level.
 

Bungalo Bill

G.O.A.T.
kevhen said:
Yeah she is that girl in my league who is rated regionally for her age of 16. She is a 3.5 level player with many colleges contacting her now about tennis since she is only a sop****re. She is all around a good player with good groundstrokes, good serve, and decent volley. I won 6-1, 6-1 playing a bit sloppy myself and at times easy on her so we could have some good rallies. She has potential with her height and slim build. She has a decent flat serve and slow slice serve. I showed her to hit the hard slice serve. She is amazed I can hit most all of my serves with pretty much the same ball toss. She was working on her topspin serve some last night and was demoing racquets too. I told her to stay confident and told her not to stand so far back when returning serve even though she had played me before and felt a bit overwhelmed with my serve.
Good sounds like she is listening to you.
 
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