drop shot can be very valuable, especially on clay.
You have to learn how to slide well in order to
retrieve the drop shot in time for good shot selection.
It is important to try to time your slide in order
to reach the ball before it drops lower than the
net. Thats why you need to be aware of your
court positioning. If your opponent has pulled you
very wide or pushed you way back, you are vulnerable
to being dropped. If the ball has dropped very low
by the time you get to it, your choices are limited.
You cannot make a forcing shot and may need to hit
a drop shot or somehow shovel the ball deep down
the line in front of you. If you try to hit an angle
and your opponent can easily reach the ball you
will be passed. Clay court players understand that
a drop must always be followed up with a passing
shot or lob, and should not be used when you arent
in control. Watch the good clay-court players
movement. They seem to glide on the clay. Practice
with short slides at fi rst, then from the baseline
and from off the court. Anticipation is key to responding
well to a drop shot.