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How to Play Tennis : How to Hit a Drop Shot in Tennis

November 4, 2019

Hi my name is Lincoln Ward, I’m a USPTA certified
tennis pro here is Austin Texas with Lone Star Tennis Company. Today James Ming and
I are going to demonstrate and talk to you about how to hit a drop shot in tennis. The
first thing you want to do when you are hitting a drop shot is decide are you going to hit
it from the baseline or from the net. If you are hitting the drop shot from the net, you
want to start your racket as if you are hitting a forehand volley with your continental grip.
As the ball is coming you are going to take a step forward completely loosen your grip
to where the racket almost falls out of your hand. When you make contact all you are going
to do is let your racket fall back. You are going to absorb the energy of the ball to
where it bounces right off in front of you. So as the ball is coming keep your eye on
it, it’s going to make contact and you drop your racket back so that it, you absorb all
the energy and it just dies on the other side of the net. A drop shot is really great when
you are changing the depth of the ball you want to hit to your opponent. They are used
to hitting the ball on the baseline, as soon as you hit them a drop shot, they are going
to bounce really short and your opponent is going to have to run up to hit it. When you
are hitting from the baseline, the same thing goes into play. You are hitting back and forth
to on the baseline. And you are going to drop shot the ball and bring your opponent close
to the net. Hitting a drop shot from the baseline is a little bit trickier, you really want
to work on your touch and finesse. You go ahead and hold your racket as if you are going
to hit a volley in your continental grip. Go ahead and take your racket back as if you
were to hit a ground stroke but instead of taking your racket down low and back, you
are going to keep it up high. As soon as the ball bounces you are going to bring your racket
forward, take a step into the ball and carve around the tennis ball as if you were scooping
out ice cream. So scoop that ice cream and you are going to put a little bit of back
spin on the ball, causing it to lift up and have a little ark and just drop on the other
side of the net. You definitely will have to practice this maneuver to get the depth
and the height down perfect. That’s how to hit a drop shot in tennis. I’m Lincoln Ward
thank you very much.


  • Reply SirNate77 October 17, 2008 at 9:01 pm

    that looks terrible, it was like a lob.

  • Reply Knightsoul Luv December 27, 2008 at 6:24 am

    I just wish my town had tennis courts… or an inside place to practice during winters lol

  • Reply charliez83 December 28, 2008 at 9:13 pm

    first of all, the first one with almost letting go of your grip and drop your wrist. imagine trying to hold your racket when some one is driving a hard ball at you, 2 things will happen. 1 you lose your racket, 2 you break your wrist. regardless of where you are, the most important thing is touch! All you have to do is go at an angle from high to low and caress the ball. It's hard to do it the first time, need a lot of practice.

  • Reply ShockWave January 7, 2009 at 2:38 am

    roughly a good drop shot is a really really small lob- that's how the ball drops very close to the net more effeciently. Watch the drop shot that federer executes against Muuray in the Masters Cup- end several other better views of federer's drop shots. when aiming for a cross court drop shot- that's when a drop shot can have a smaller arc.

  • Reply Richard Wong March 9, 2009 at 10:57 pm


    That's why I'm getting back into tennis too!

  • Reply Dire Dirge April 3, 2009 at 2:24 am

    very informative. is teh techniques taht same for teh backhand drop?

  • Reply Nick April 18, 2009 at 10:32 am

    yeahh haha thats why i started and now im #3 in my school. it takes ALOT of practice but once you become consistant its really fun. it took me about a year of playing everyday 3-5 hours a day to get where i am now! (btw alot of the prince of tennis stuff isn't really possible lol)

  • Reply Andy Won April 21, 2009 at 4:56 am

    prob all of it except dunk smash and twist serve

  • Reply Larry Wang April 29, 2009 at 1:26 am

    same here

  • Reply fatmunkeyman July 4, 2009 at 6:54 am

    he did all these videos in one day…

  • Reply Alin096 July 19, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    i think drop shot from baseline is useless

  • Reply live4baseball98 July 23, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    i'd do a top spin from base line

  • Reply j Koo July 27, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    No He UPLOADED them on 1 day xD
    None of us would know if he did em all on one day.

  • Reply yoris August 13, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    Dude you suck! you can't tennis! that dropshot of you is ugly

  • Reply TOP BREAKING NEWS August 28, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    Ugh… It's confusing the way he explains it… Not that I could ever hit a drop shot anyway… (Unless it's by pure luck)

  • Reply seidl01 September 8, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    no, it's all about skills

  • Reply RoyofMarriland September 11, 2009 at 1:20 am

    thats not how ur really suppose to hit a drop shot..

  • Reply AOBloo September 26, 2009 at 1:08 am

    Hey guys! Lets scoop some icecream! 🙂

  • Reply vpriwan November 29, 2009 at 3:36 am

    Thanks much.
    He is a pro teaching for beginner.
    It's not fare if someone criticized his instructions just because they want to show off themselves.

  • Reply [OCB] November 30, 2009 at 11:30 pm

    you can hit a good drop shot if u fake a powerful shot or a lob (in some situations) and at the last second put the power into the spin.

  • Reply CSHxTempo December 9, 2009 at 2:39 am

    lolyou know demonstrations are different than real game situations.

  • Reply Nathan Pham February 1, 2010 at 7:33 am

    hey its james ninh not james minh and hes on my school tennis team! number 1 😀

  • Reply Lee Chen April 14, 2010 at 2:59 am

    Sorry but the baseline "drop shot", isn't that a drop volley?

  • Reply asdfuogh April 27, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    @AznShadowLuk No, a volley is a shot hit before the ball bounces. So a drop volley is just a drop shot hit before the ball bounces.

  • Reply Sevion May 16, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    Wow. This guy sucks. Even a complete noob would see his drop shot coming and rush the net for a return volley.

  • Reply Luca Di Prinzio July 3, 2010 at 3:47 pm


  • Reply icehearted1234 July 29, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    i kno rite i started to want to play tennis cuz of
    prince of tennis
    i took alittle lessons n its super fun so
    i totally recomend it

  • Reply Marty July 30, 2010 at 11:46 pm

    @xXKuroiHoshiXx Omg same here!!!!!( But i acually play tennis) Prince of tennis is really inspiring! =p

  • Reply Sevion August 1, 2010 at 10:45 am

    @LaDeeDaDeDaDeDa Rofl. So me not having a video of me playing tennis means I'm not awesome? I don't see any videos of you hitting drop shots either.

    However, I suppose 3 year old videos and 2 month old comments are things to look at and screw around with.

    Besides, when did I ever say I was awesome? I said "Even a complete noob". Guess what? I'm a complete noob at tennis.

  • Reply Brian Tlamintzi August 10, 2010 at 1:38 am

    @xXKuroiHoshiXx lol, i started because of watching prince of tennis too…

  • Reply supensike September 7, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    @xXKuroiHoshiXx i can do that move it doesnt roll back but it bounces back ^^

  • Reply nano4288 September 8, 2010 at 6:34 am

    Does expert village go out of their way to make videos that are as uninformative as possible? Scooping ice cream? Seriously? That shot from the baseline looked more like a lob than a drop.

  • Reply .simplicity September 26, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    1:51 yes you are tennis pro no argument

  • Reply dockecj January 12, 2011 at 12:45 am

    This is terrible.

  • Reply Ryoma February 9, 2011 at 2:08 am

    @xXKuroiHoshiXx i know right prince of tennis started this all and tezuka's drop shot is like a double egded sword poor guy

  • Reply hardstylekid123 March 28, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    @DragonUpload The anime?, LOL i saw that ages ago around 2006

  • Reply Andrew Hillier March 29, 2011 at 10:46 am

    @xXKuroiHoshiXx Hahaha, zooming through comments, see "prince of tennis" reads comment…
    haha I'm addicted to that show and thats what got me into tennis as well

  • Reply Sebastian C April 16, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    I play tennis in high school because of Prince of Tennis anime. I'm serious

  • Reply God Blessed Video 2 Rush April 16, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    @WarenaiSai nice to hear that

  • Reply imnotcrazyjustLOCO April 17, 2011 at 4:58 am

    prince of tennis pride!~X]

  • Reply Aznsoulreaper April 27, 2011 at 3:15 am

    Obviously ALL of us only watched this video to be like Tezuka!!! 😀

  • Reply Shashank Tripathi May 12, 2011 at 9:27 am

    shut up

  • Reply tombraidermasterman May 18, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    zero shiki is impossible, its better to work on sanada's forest. absorb all of the force of a ball and turn it into a drop shot

  • Reply Anthony Huynh May 21, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    this guys a joke..

  • Reply TomTrix99 May 28, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    Wanna learn how to hit a drop shot I suggest looking at Federer. his technique and the way he hides the drop shot is really awesome

  • Reply Bryce Crawford May 30, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    this is a joke

  • Reply Bryce Crawford May 30, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    this is a joke if you hit it from the baseline like he does, any good player will be all over that ball in a second

  • Reply HHSW99HC June 1, 2011 at 5:24 am

    I like the part where he didn't demonstrate or show shit.

  • Reply Scotty Eckart June 18, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    Ok, even though this guy is a "pro" teacher, I think I could still beat him. . .

  • Reply Tim Luo July 6, 2011 at 7:16 am

    1:20…. that was a good lob 🙂

  • Reply MrTennisMenace July 13, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    @banditjr770 teaching pros are not pro tennis players. They are pro at teaching =]

  • Reply Scotty Eckart July 13, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    @MrTennisMenace yes, but they are still ranked. oh well, I just said it to sort of be funny because this guy kinda looked like a fagot

  • Reply little.nolan August 8, 2011 at 2:47 am

    I didn't realize players use the continental grip for groundstrokes. I thought Eastern and western and their variations were used.

  • Reply Martin Montgomery August 20, 2011 at 10:17 am

    @NolittleE No you are right! Eastern, semi western grips etc are used. You'll see Rafa hitting withthe extreme western grip when he's hitting the topspin forehand, the western helps add loads more spin when you hit up on the back of the ball, this makes his shots more consistent, allowing him to grind down opponents in rallies. But if you look at Federer you'll see he uses the continental grip since he's a more aggressive player and wants to hit flatter shots! Hope that helps =)

  • Reply Jasmer September 4, 2011 at 1:30 am

    the BH dropshot from the baseline is super easy, its not really that tricky just take your opponents topspin and hit it back slicing it the ball just doubles the backspin and pretty much floats and drops over the cord (atleast thats what it does for me)

  • Reply roddickx September 20, 2011 at 10:27 am

    Yeah! Völkl raquet!

  • Reply . ctfy September 27, 2011 at 11:57 pm

    I got a D grade when i tried explaining this in my Assignment…Guess the icecream didn't work =(

  • Reply MasterPacker12 June 27, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    scoop that ice cream

  • Reply Dom Townrow June 28, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    0:53 Fuck sake this doesn't work

  • Reply cooROPyoBODY July 30, 2012 at 12:08 am

    wow. this does not help at all.

  • Reply Nimesh Tamang August 21, 2012 at 1:08 am

    This was muy easy

  • Reply Nichers October 21, 2012 at 3:47 am

    actually to me its much easier to remember(:

  • Reply thpod2002 November 8, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    This guy should seriously scoop an ice cream instead of teaching how to play tennis

  • Reply ucdlin December 6, 2012 at 1:25 am

    ok so what i really want to know is how do the pros change their grips so quickly. or do they just hit a drop shot with a forehand grip sometimes?

  • Reply rishabnarayanan December 24, 2012 at 9:51 am

    nice one bum

  • Reply Bharat Rajesh December 25, 2012 at 5:18 pm


  • Reply TheUKFireFox July 3, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    Absolute ballocks about the volley drop shot

  • Reply dockecj February 24, 2015 at 11:31 pm

    That demo shot that he hit at the 1:20 mark, my dead grandmother could run it down and hit a winner. 

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