Developing Touch:
Two Kinds of Drop Shot

Dave Hagler

Drop shots are effective at the pro level and at all levels.

If you have been watching professional tennis, especially on clay, you've seen a lot of dropshots. Dropshots can be an effective weapon for men, women, seniors, but also for juniors.

There are coaches who do not like the idea of teaching drop shots or even to younger players, probably due to concerns that players may become too dependent on them.

If someone is slicing just to save steps, that's not optimum. But if slicing or hitting dropshots makes the opponent do something they aren't good at, I say do it.

In this article let's explore two ways to develop your drop shots, one using more feel, the other using more spin.

Spin Directions

Let's start by understanding spin directions. Players hit harder and with more topspin than in the past, and as a result most people play farther back. So court position and the spin of the incoming ball make hitting dropshots a more viable choice.

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Dave Hagler is a Tennis Professional based in Los Angeles, California. He works with players of all ages, but he has a special passion for junior development. He has coached numerous sectionally and nationally ranked junior players and several national champions. Dave is a USPTA Master Professional and National Tester, a PTR Master of Tennis – Performance, and was one of the first 100 coaches to complete the USTA's High Performance Coaching Program. He has been the USPTA California Division Pro of the Year and one of 5 National Recipients of the “Pro of the Year” award from Head and the PTR.

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