View Full Version : Tennis Strategies -Drop Shots and Lobs

Jun 3rd, 2003, 01:29 AM

I've seen a couple of matches particularly on the mens side where one player will constantly ie every other shot hit a drop shot. While I appreciate that the Drop Shot is a "delicate " shot and one that should be used, I just sorta feel like a player is "wimping out" if they constantly counter shots with drop shots and/or lobs . Those of you who play competitively ......I'm just wondering what your thoughts are.

Jun 3rd, 2003, 01:38 AM
do what ever you can to win. but when someone get drop shots me then it motivates me more to beat them.

Jun 3rd, 2003, 01:42 AM
The objective is to win your match. So if you think that drop shots are necessary, then use them. However, when I play, I use them sparringly. They are high risk shots. If your opponent gets to the ball, they can hit a winner. If you slice it wrong, you end up netting the ball.

Lobs I think are more credible than drop shots. I hit a two-handed backhand and high lobs to my backhand are my most difficult shots to get back well. I am usually hitting it out of my hitting zone and produce very weak replies. Unless you're exceptionally good at taking balls on the rise, it's a defensive shot to hit! So I have more respect for lobs. However, I am always annoyed when I play opponents who lob too much. It's not much fun after a while.

Jun 3rd, 2003, 01:56 AM
I dont mean to hit drop shots...my last match i had like a 30 point rally and we were going at it, power for power then i pulled him out wide.....and like I wanted to slice to the open court and like a perfect dropshot came out :)

Jun 3rd, 2003, 02:00 AM
I dont mean to hit drop shots...my last match i had like a 30 point rally and we were going at it, power for power then i pulled him out wide.....and like I wanted to slice to the open court and like a perfect dropshot came out :)

Wow! That's a great story! If you produce a perfect dropshot by accident... :worship: :worship: :worship:

i heart backhand
Jun 3rd, 2003, 02:02 AM
I'd rather have a couple drop shots than play someone with no pace who hits moonballs all day long. Hitting a decent backhand on a ball right on the baseline rising well above your waist one shot and then barely above your knees on the next is the most annoying style of play.

As for lobs, my experience with them is that they always come after a drop shot. IE, opponent hits a drop shot, I scurry to return it, and he lobs it over my head. I won't lie, while I'm in decent physical shape, after a long rally I simply don't have the physical stamina to chase down a deep lob after a drop shot.

So in my book, kudos to anyone who uses these shots to their advantage. Remember, if tennis was easy they'd call it baseball.

And since I know you're all dying to know, my HS tennis team qualified to State this year. Yay :bounce: !

Jun 3rd, 2003, 02:10 AM
Yeah I agree that you need to use drop shots and lobs esp after a long rally.....I more referring to a serve-return-drop shot play

i heart backhand
Jun 3rd, 2003, 02:17 AM
Ah, well, nonetheless, I still say tennis is all about strategy. Mixing up the variety of shots may be annoying and the opponent may say it's "bad sportsmanship" or a cop out when you can't handle a shot, but it all boils down to who outsmarts the other and wins the point.

That is the key, young holy one. Forget not information this.

Jun 3rd, 2003, 02:55 AM
I'm the type of player who scraps for balls, and hits alot of defensive lobs.

Jun 3rd, 2003, 03:34 AM
I hated the way that Tommy Robredo was using it against Gustavo.

Jun 3rd, 2003, 05:04 AM
i hit so many drops when i play, its not even a surprise element anymore!LOL!and i ALWAYS lob when the opponent has volleyed to my forehand. my FH is much too weak to hit a good passing(BH is my weapon) shot so i just lob.

but when my opponent dropshots me, well, they dont cuz i'm at the net all the time. and i dont know why, but they usually go for passing shots rather than lob which is dumb cuz get most of the PS's back. but i couldnt be darned to go back and retreive the lob.

Jun 4th, 2003, 07:13 PM
I was playing a tournament (singles)once agaisnt a 4.5 player(i was 4.0 at the time) I was down match point and hit a dropshot winner, that made my doubles partner audibly gasp. I went on to win the match.

While I am basically a power player, I love to run my opponent around w/drops and lobs, and sharp angles especially w/my lefty forehand. My topspin lob is almost always a winner, because it usually hits w/in inches of the baseline.

I am very fit and will run all day. I hate to let a ball get by me cleanly. My speed and court coverage oftentimes causes my opponents to overhit.

I agree w/those who said anything w/in the rules is fairplay.

Jun 4th, 2003, 10:21 PM
people who whine about drop shots not being fair tend to be either slow or clumsy at the net or unable to handle any delicate shot. (and yet they think slapping an ace or groundstrokes hard for a winner is somehow different??? I mean whatever it takes to make it bounce twice!!!)