Many of the top senior players have excellent drop shots and employ them tactically during a match. But while there is no “magic number,” sometimes the tactic can get overused to the point where the match is no longer “fun.” Or, should that count for anything?
After beating me easily in the first set of a singles match in our Friendship Cup (New England vs. Canada), my very polite opponent apologized for using so many drop shots. But as it turned out, that was the only weapon he had that he could use to beat me (I eventually figured out the strategy to take that away and won the match in three tough sets).
But the point is… is it ever “wrong” to use a tactic that is winning for you?
Too many drop shots?
Too many bloopy moon balls?
Hitting ALL the balls to his weaker backhand?
Having an opponent who doesn’t run very well and making him?
Tournament vs. Friendly
I think the simple answer is: in a tournament or league match, anything goes. But if you are just playing a pick-up match, you should limit yourself (if you want to play with that same guy again).
Because from a personal point of view, I play tennis because it is FUN. And if you make me run for 50 drop shots during a match, that will not be fun.
What do you think?
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