hey guys Natan Scott here with player court calm and today we're gonna show you how to hit the drop shot alright guys so today we're talking about drop shots this video is for players with a player court rating of 50 to 70 if you're not in our community or familiar with our rating system that is the equivalent of about a UST a 3.

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0 so Nate talk to me here drop shots we all know what they are but I think I know in a lot of my coaching sessions I see a lot of people doing this the wrong way so talk to me here what what what are we gonna fix what's yeah we see a lot of drop shots these days don't you Matt Matt's Wilander recently said he thought it was the plug of the tennis store that there's just too many of them and the drop shot is this great weapon the problem is that a lot of players up there are panicking and using it in the wrong circumstances so before we tell you it about really about how to hit the drop shot let's talk about when to hit the drop shot like it alright so one on a clay court it's gonna be ten times more useful than it is are a hard court simply because the surface yeah yeah less bounce right alright number two you want to be inside the baseline you need to be at least three or four maybe even six feet the closer you get to the net it's gonna be easier for you to hit if you're behind the baseline stop trying to hit drop shots they're not useful huge misconception I think is you can hit a drop shot from anywhere on the court the further you are away from the net don't forget the longer your opponent has to see that you're hitting a drop shot or run that ball down so I agree completely yeah correct alright and so the last thing that we're gonna talk about that we want you to be mindful of as most of you are trying to do too much with the motion on your drop shot we see a lot of big motions where you're getting more of this Sidewinder occasionally one lands and you get excited but you're not really controlling the ball the drop shot is supposed to be controlled it's not shot yeah so much swing not so much chop more touch and feel alright and so what we're gonna talk about is assuming that you know how to hit your slice right because if you don't know how to eat a slice it may not be time quite yet to start starting at a player court fifty right I mean players below that don't have a reliable slice they don't really understand this yet so that's right so with the whether it's a forehand or backhand what we're really gonna put some focus on you is working more under the ball all right so we're before we'd really go more on a 45 and we would work down and let that rocket finish all the way or in a straight line here it's gonna work a little bit more like the inside of a spoon so that when I hit the ball I'm gonna leave the racket face open gonna cup in it a little bit clumping it a little bit yeah that's where the feel is coming on this stroke and so the other thing that we want to talk about is is actually the footwork that's involved with this particular shot so guys what we're talking about with the footwork here is really the same footwork that we find on the volley when I'm working on a drop shot you're noticing the rocket head is nice and high and there needs to be a little disguise here right so that I want them thinking maybe I'm gonna slice it deep I'm gonna take my right foot and I'm gonna offset and load on that knee and as I make the motion to hit the drop shot remember like the inside of a spoon I'm gonna work towards my left foot alright so for a righty it's right left so it's a weight transfer with a cup simultaneously yeah because we want a little bit this weight transfer working towards the ball that's big I see so few of my students line up their feet correctly to actually execute this and they wonder whether they can hit a drop shot they're not in position to do it quraían we see a lot of people drop shotting where they're like trying to get low with the ball and hit it and just there's no real leverage behind that so we're on the backhand exact same thing on the other side I'm gonna take my left foot I'm gonna offset it I'm gonna get a nice knee bin and I'm gonna work under the ball on this weight transfer all right so gotta help us if I'm if I'm just if I cannot get the feel I've got too much sly seed I see what else could I possibly do maybe with my grips to hell' especially on the backhand side so sure right out of the gates take it easy internet trolls this is a drill this is not where we want you to land but what Nate I think and I would both recommend if you have a hard time getting a feel on your backhand side for this drop shot with that continental grip which is what ultimately we do want you using shifts ever do an Eastern grip and in other videos we've talked about grips but shift over to that eastern grip it's gonna lock in that position that we really want the angle of your racket face to create the type of motion we're looking for on this drop shot so on your backhand side with that continental grip if you just feel lost or if – flimsy and you just feel like the ball is all over the place shift over to that Eastern grip to really lock in and get the feel for what the angle we're trying to create is once you get good at it of course again switch back to that Continental grip yeah it's good stuff so we're gonna show you a couple games now that actually work on the field that you need for a drop shot I don't know many of you out there probably notice you see these kids before their clinics and their lessons and they're playing all these games close to the net there is a reason kids develop soft hands and feel a little bit earlier than adults what do you what do we see adults do you grab you grab your tennis racket a couple couple tennis balls and you both head back to the baseline you just start welling away so you're swinging through the ball kids are starting up here at the net and they're developing soft touch by playing these little orchestrated games that really work on this so whether you're just trying to figure this out or you're an advanced player you can look on YouTube or anywhere else and see fed and a doll and novak all these guys playing these games start playing these games to work on the feel so you can start developing a drop shot yeah great warmup and also an easy way to just really focus on the touch pieces that I think so many coaches maybe neglect right yeah cool all right you want hit a couple let's do it let's go alright guys so you can see we're right up here on the net and this game we call it the touch game alright so the rules are pretty simple we can't hit outside of the service boxes and at no point can we volley and take the ball in the air the point is gonna start with the ball on the net you want to serve start us off game on get to it's a fault that's what I get for trying to be so nice oh the ultimate oh my goodness okay this is just getting rude I thought we were being nice this is me being nice buddy yeah that's me being nice all right not a bad shot Scotty might have called that out if the camera was not focusing in line in front of the camera I can't so we're gonna show you a second game and this is called mini tennis and it's not your traditional in tennis this version of this game was actually voted by USPTA over several hundred teaching pros they looked at all the drills and lessons you can do and this is what was voted number one the most important drill that they felt like every time this player totally just totally Wow numero 1 I'm guided yep so the way this is played scatter are both gonna go back to the service line and it's gonna be played like normal mini tennis we can't play in the alley and we can't volley but this is where it gets a little bit tricky so we're typically playing with the continental grip playing with some backspin but the ball in order for it to be a winner would have to have the ability to bounce [ __ ] twice in the service box if the second bounce to go out and I'm so confused so the ball bounces in the service box but then the second bounce is in the alley that's out i've lost the point ooh because i haven't i haven't produced enough spin and therefore not enough touch on this ball right so therefore like the drop shot really want to be all that effective right so we want the ability wasteman yeah we want that ability to play up high a little bit and get that ball to just kind of come to a stop once it hits the ground and this isn't necessarily done with just I I know I said spin but it's not excessive spin I mean you can kind of block with a continental grip and it's gonna create this spin because the Continental grip is the magic backspin yeah yep so what are we working on court awareness were you out in the court if the second bounce is gonna be out let it go the guys lost the point alright the other thing we're working on is feel and touch so we'll show you what a couple points playing this mini tennis game what it looks like we'll do that now let's battle let's get it oh this could take some time I'm uncomfortable you're about to let it go let it go you were losing the point all right Nate I guess you got your revenge there go ahead and bring us home here what's what's the takeaway from this other than that I guess you're reasonably decent at ultimate touch and all that good stuff yeah so guys in summation what are we focused on here with the drop shot remember you want to be in the court not behind the baseline okay let's try not to make this shot – you're good all right less is more here we want to play with some height with several feet up above the net don't try to thread the needle and focus more on the stroke being compact with a little bit of a spoon shape to the stroke as opposed to these big cuts that we see putting Sidewinder spin on the ball and at the very at the very least get out and just try some of these games it's so hard to start incorporating drop shots into your games when you're initiating play from the baseline like most of us do Scott and I do this for fitness this is a really good game you can see it can extend for quite some time but it's gonna help you start utilizing that feel making your drop shot a whole lot better I think the drop shot – correct me if I'm wrong here is one of the few strokes where we actually can just sort of throw you in the deep end here in one of these games and let you get the feel for it on your own there's not a whole lot of yeah you don't want to go take lessons on this or getting on the ball machine for this I guess could be helpful but it's not necessary practice a couple of these games you'll figure out the feel for this drop shot it's not as hard as you might think and guys you know Nate and I here at player core just want to see you improve your game but the bottom line is we don't know a ton about you the stuff and whenever today is definitely for a very specific skill level we want to learn more about you and give you instruction that you need so do us a favor click the button or the link below answer some questions for us we can then send you custom video coaching based on your specific skill level and the things that you need to work on so just click the button or the link below and Nate and I'll do the.