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Thread: Not Performing Enough Drop Shots
02-12-2010, 05:13 AM #1
Not Performing Enough Drop Shots
Hi. I am an intermediate singles player and have found that I do not perform enough overhead drops especially the fast drop or a half smash. I always tend to try to weaken my opponent by attack clearing or clearing to backhand, but every once in awhile, I find that I'm not dropping at all, and my opponent reads my clears and smashes it quickly. I have notice I do this very often. Is there some sort of reason why I may be clearing too much? Or is it a habit?
Also, in what situations do different types of drop shot become more effective? Slow, fast, angled cross-court drops? Thank you.
02-12-2010, 05:56 AM #2
My guess is that it's a habit. It's easy to get stuck in a pattern of play, especially if you are more confident with your habitual shots (clears) than with the alternative (drops).
As for choosing among drops shots, try this: drop shot tactics for singles.
Last edited by Gollum; 02-12-2010 at 06:03 AM.
02-14-2010, 02:18 PM #3
sometimes i find that it's actually okay to be stuck in a pattern, as long as it's getting you points. But soon your opponent will adapt and try to break it....that's where you have to adjust your pattern of play as well...
I would also add that it might be your confidence level on dropshots that's playing a part. You need to be proficient in executing it well in a real match...so that is where your practice comes in.
02-14-2010, 03:56 PM #4
Yes, I find myself in that situation often too. Especially when adrenaline and aggression is flowing thru the mind and body during a tight game, it is very difficult to remember to slow the pace down with a dropshot or a half smash.
Comes down to practice, I suppose.
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