Every few months PPP will put out several new drills & strategies to improve your pickleball game. It is so important to remember, that "we play like we practice!" So take your time, review the drills and strategies below and get out there and practice!!
So, you ask, what IS a drop shot, anyway? It’s actually a dink, but it’s hit from a distance further back from the kitchen. A well-executed drop shot can be hit from anywhere back of the kitchen line, and is the preferred third shot of choice. There are other third shots BESIDES the drop…there is a drive, a down-the-line shot, a lob, to name three others, but given the REASON for the third shot in general…to allow you to begin to get to the net (because you need to be at or nearly at the net to take control of the point), the drop shot is THE ONLY REGULARLY USED SHOT to approach the net for 3.5-level players and up.
The Drop Shot should be hit with your body in the same position every time no matter where you are on the court You will work out for yourself what that body position will be, but the very best “Drop-Shot Players” look just the same whether they are hitting it from just back of the kitchen or from true mid-court or from the baseline.
It’s a nasty shot to learn and unless you’re naturally gifted, have exceptional high eye-hand skills by nature or nurture or are, perhaps, a person who has amazing tennis, badminton or table-tennis skills to begin with, you will have to PRACTICE this shot repeatedly. But…good news here…once you have it, you have it.
See the videos below to view the key elements of a drop shot, when NOT to use the drop shot and how to use the drive shot versus the drop shot! Happy pickling!
Don't you just love it when the shot you chose works!! Doesn't happen all of the time but as we so often say,"practice makes perfect!" Dave Weinbach has an interesting thought--"hit an unattackable ball!" Easier said than done but watch the video below to see how he sets the shot up and patiently waits for the opponent to make a mistake or he gets the chance to put it away!!