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09-05-2008, 12:46 PM #1
So I have a question about performing a drop:
How far away from the net is a drop suppose to land? Is it suppose to be on the service line? close to the net from the service line? or a little bit away from the net from the service line?
My drops seem to reach a little further away from the service line and they are easily returned. Any tips for improving my drops to become a little closer/on the service line?
09-05-2008, 02:27 PM #2
depends what kind of drop, but ideally you want all your drops as close to the net as possible
for a slow drop being as tight to your opponent's side of the net as possible is what you're aiming for. this means that it is before the service line
for fast drops it can be a little further back, upto maybe 2 feet past the service line, but the goal is to hit it to the side lines as close as you can
no matter what drop you hit though, you always want it to be tight to the net so your opponent can't step in and kill you
09-05-2008, 04:31 PM #3
for making them tighter you will want to practice your drops and have a coach check out your technique you might be putting a lil extra power than you have to into them. also how are you roverhead strokes? so for clear, drop, smash do they all look the same? if not then thats something to work towards for deception purposes. but for why there being returned so easily coudl be so many factors maby your opponent can see which shot your going to play or your hitting it to/close to them so they dont have to move much in order to get it back. could be a really slow drop which would give them lots of time to get it back or they are a fast player and can get to them. could be lots of things. but well hope you can find an answer and improve your drops to the standard that you want to.
09-05-2008, 05:53 PM #4
Most of your drop shots should be fast drops, landing about the service line. Slow drops take too much time to cross the net, and so fast players will usually attack these with tight spinning net shots or even net kills.
For more detailed analysis, read my singles tactics page about drop shots.
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