Essential Shots of Pickleball
Third Shot Drops
Every pickleball match begins with a serve and a (hopefully) deep return to the baseline. Each team is trying to take control of the net, so what comes after the return of serve is critical. A common shot, executed by the serving team, is known as the THIRD SHOT DROP SHOT.
Last session we practiced dinking; the third shot drop is basically just a longer dink from back deep in the court.
The drop shot can be one of the most challenging shots to hit consistently since the return of serve usually comes in quickly and is generally placed deep in the court. Keep in mind when you’re practicing this shot that even the most experience pickleball players find it to be challenging.
Here are some simple steps to help you execute a perfect third shot drop:
1. Stay low, bend your knees and get under the ball.
2. Keep your swing path moving low to high.
3. Shorten your backswing – a big backswing will mess with your timing.
4. Give yourself a good margin of error by aiming 4-6 inches over the top of the net.