Developing Drop Shots

Dave Hagler

Mastery of spin gives the ability to make a drop shot bounce back to your side.

You can hit a drop shot with almost pure underspin, a combination of side and under spin or in rare instances with a combination of under and outside spin. If your opponent plays way behind the baseline, is inattentive, does not move forward well, or has trouble with low balls, hit dropshots. If you mix in deep slice approaches, even better.

If you really get a feel for the spin you can learn to drop shots that bounce back over the net to your side!


I haven't talked much about grips, and I don't believe in absolutes, but you need a trigger finger if you are going to have good touch. If you are trying to hit a forehand drop shot that bounces backwards you probably want something close to a 1 -1 or an eastern backhand grip.

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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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