Losing Geometry

You’re having a perfectly good cross-court, backhand-to-backhand rally with your singles opponent and they “ruin it” with a drop shot! What do you do?

(Assuming you are both righties)… It is likely they hit one of their backhands deeper in your add court and you gave them a shorter ball in reply, which they dropped shallow in your deuce court.

You charge in and get there in time to make a split-second decision on where to hit the ball. What do you do?

1) Hit a semi-aggressive forehand crosscourt,
2) Drop shot back over the net, or
3) Push the ball up the line

Most of us, me included, tend to try to drive the ball crosscourt; but that ends up in “losing geometry.” As soon as he hit the drop shot, your seasoned opponent immediately started coming in toward the net; so he sees you take your racquet back to go crosscourt.

He moves to the center of the court and all he has to do is get a racquet on the ball and block it back to the open court on your add side. You have just sprinted to the net to get to the drop shot; so it is unlikely you will be able to reverse directions and run back to the open court (unless you are young, Marc VanDam).

If you hit a drop shot in return, odds are your opponent will be there in plenty of time to again take control of the point with an aggressive drive or lob over your head.

If you watch the pros in this situation, their preferred shot is the push down the line. With your opponent coming forward, now they have to reverse course and try to get the ball back in their backhand corner.

And you have time to recover to get ready for what will likely be a weaker reply or lob for you to attack.

You can turn Losing Geometry into Winning Geometry.

6 thoughts on “Losing Geometry

  1. looking at my ugly picture, i drop shot back if the ball is very low or go down the
    line
    regards
    Willy

  2. if i get there at full gallop, then the shot is down the line. it’s the easiest shot to do and you’re in perfect position for the next shot. if you get there earlier enough, a few more choices.

  3. I LIKE THE SHOT DOWN THE LINE OR ANOTHER DROP SHOT BUT VERY CROSS COURT AND JUST OVER THE NET

  4. I like down the line also. Going cross court you tend to get to “cute” with it…it’s rarely a winner.

    Marc

  5. I would not run for the ball. I would concede the point and drop him on the next shot. The nerve of some people.

    Mike – don’t forget the taking a swig of your beer on the change over! geo

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