Forehand drop shot (right hand)

The drop shot enables players to move their opponent to the front court. This will either, win a point or create space in the mid and back court to exploit.

Stage one

  • As the ball is returned, stand in position on the balls of your feet, with knees slightly bent.
  • Face sideways with your shoulder and arm pointing towards the opponent.
  • The racket arm should be at a 45ᵒ angle with the face of the racket at head height.
  • Body weight should be on the back foot.
  • Keep your eyes on the ball.

Stage two

  • When ready to strike the ball, transfer body weight from back to front foot.
  • Rotate your body quickly to face forwards.
  • Step forwards as you chop down on the ball.
  • The forward swing should travel from high to low, aiming to slice down on the ball.
  • Keep your eyes on the ball.

Stage three

  • Make contact with the ball at around waist height.
  • On impact, have firm wrists to take the power out of your opponent's shot.
  • The racket should almost immediately stop after contact and point towards the ground.
  • Return back to ready position for the next shot.