How and When to Use a Dropshot


In this video, Master Professional Jorge Capestany talks about the dropshots.

Project Details

  • Date March 2, 2018
  • Tags Baseline Play

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  1. Darrell Cornelius
    July 9, 2020 at 6:04 pm · Reply

    Is it the same technique if you are at the net attempting a drop shot?

    • Jorge Capestany
      July 13, 2020 at 12:44 pm · Reply


  2. Michael Pizzo
    July 9, 2020 at 2:17 pm · Reply

    As always A plus instruction. The way you explained it with the how and when was perfect. I appreciate you and your family. Thanks for everything

    • Jorge Capestany
      July 13, 2020 at 12:44 pm · Reply

      Thanks Michael

  3. Dottie Wiencek
    March 11, 2020 at 12:05 am · Reply

    When I do a drop shot it comes across the net too high. How can I get it lower and still the bounce 2 times.?

    • Jorge Capestany
      March 13, 2020 at 2:28 am · Reply

      Generally you have to hit is softer, I would suggest trying to loosen your grip tension at impact.

  4. Darren Willmot
    November 3, 2019 at 3:44 pm · Reply

    Great was teaching this last week ,i will go through it again this week.
    Thanks Darren.

    • Jorge Capestany
      November 6, 2019 at 7:44 pm · Reply

      Great… have fun with it

  5. Tricia Brown
    October 31, 2019 at 11:00 pm · Reply

    I would like to see more video on how to teach my high school team a progression to hitting a drop shot. Maybe some slow motion of how this shot is carved out versus a slice that you are driving through. As mentioned above this can be very helpful in doubles plus I am trying to get my hard core baseline singles players to adopt a variety of shots into their game to add another dimension.

  6. Bala
    June 1, 2019 at 2:23 pm · Reply

    I prefer to use the drop shot judiciously in doubles when returning serve, because it gets both opponents at the net and unless we can lob effectively have ceded control of the net. Your thoughts? Thanks always for your great tips.

  7. Dottie Wiencek
    May 31, 2019 at 12:51 am · Reply

    I would like to see in slow motion the drop shot from the service line especially if the two opponents are back. I think my drop shot goes too high giving the opponent too much time coming in.

  8. Mimi
    May 30, 2019 at 6:16 pm · Reply

    Love this. Thanks for giving me another tool in my bag of tricks to mix up my game.

  9. Hugh Sawyer
    May 30, 2019 at 6:01 pm · Reply

    After the drop shot, where should I position myself for my opponent’s response?

    • Jorge Capestany
      May 31, 2019 at 1:08 pm · Reply

      I would definitely move up inside the curt because their best response would be to drop shot you right back.

  10. Ronald Torres
    May 30, 2019 at 5:48 pm · Reply

    Thanks! It’s funny how a person can still learn a little something new after playing for fifty years!

    • Jorge Capestany
      May 31, 2019 at 1:08 pm · Reply

      Love it!

  11. Mike
    March 25, 2018 at 2:22 am · Reply

    Any comments about how to create the drop shot when your opponent has given you a lot of pace? I’ve found that even in zone 4 a fast return is difficult to drop

    • Jorge Capestany
      March 28, 2018 at 6:26 pm · Reply

      Thanks Mike for the question… That’s definitely a much tougher skill to pull off. Honestly, I don’t recommend that my players hit Dropshots when the incoming ball has a lot of pace. In some cases, if my player has really “talented hands” then I let them do it, otherwise it’s asking for trouble.

  12. Lee
    March 5, 2018 at 2:58 pm · Reply

    I like to then recommend that the player move forward as there is a likelyhood of a short response(angle or pop up) if it is a good drop shot. Your feeling?

    • Jorge Capestany
      March 9, 2018 at 4:50 am · Reply

      Yes I agree with that theory.

  13. Larry Weidman
    March 3, 2018 at 6:39 pm · Reply

    Thanks Jorge for the lesson on the how and when regarding the drop shot. Too often we forget the basics!!!

  14. JOhn
    March 3, 2018 at 7:47 am · Reply

    in Doubles I used it when the server stays behind the baseline A shot is harder to see comping and cross court. keeps the net guy from returning it. It is an incredible shot and if they do get it, your partner covers the line and you move to cover the center. They go down the line 90% of time but they usually put the ball up and the court behind them is totally open.

    I believe the most important is learning to have soft hands and I usually teach it by receiving the ball on the racket and making it bounce to them selves and then hitting it back. Soft hands seems to be the key.

    thanks for the tips, I always enjoy them.

    John geer

  15. d clark
    March 3, 2018 at 7:30 am · Reply

    Most juniors love hitting from the baseline and I taught my daughters this very early to the dismay of their coach. It has been very effective. Your thoughts about the success and non success of the shot are spot on. Thanks for the demonstration.

  16. Coach Stretch
    March 3, 2018 at 12:30 am · Reply

    Great demo of how and when too use the dropshot.
    Keep it coming.

  17. Nancy
    March 2, 2018 at 11:31 pm · Reply

    Great lesson.. Do you have suggestions for how to position yourself on the court after the dropshot? Assuming and preparing for the opponent to get to it? Thanks!

    • Jorge Capestany
      March 3, 2018 at 12:59 am · Reply

      Yes, I suggest moving rewards the net in case they try to drop your drop.

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