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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Another Drop Volley with Drills

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Last week, we discussed bangers and how to defend against them. One option we discussed was the drop volley and we ended the week with Deb Harrison demonstrating her drop shot technique. As with most things in life, there is more than one way to hit a drop shot. Today's article features a Pickleball Channel video with Scott Moore demonstrating his drop shot technique. The video is called Defend Against Hard Hitters by Taking Pace Off the Ball.

Scott's Technique

Scott's emphasis is slowing down the ball when in a defensive position whether that is at the kitchen line or in no-man's land at mid-court. The first step in any shot is to get into the proper position. Scott states that your center should be low by bending your knees and lowering your torso.

When the ball heads your way, move the paddle into the path and hold the paddle firmly. Allow the paddle to absorb the energy without any forward punch. Instead, the paddle should move back a couple of inches to absorb the power.

Scott's Drills

Scott uses his partner to practice the drop shot. Both set up at their respective kitchen lines and his partner blasts shots at him for about 5 minutes.

Then Scott moves back into no-man's land and repeats the exercise while trying to move up to the kitchen line.

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