The Dink and Dropshot

The Dink is regarded as a short ball hit flat or with underspin to keep the bounce low  –  it can be played with the forehand or backhand.

The Dropshot requires very good ball and racket control and careful shot selection  –  the best exponents of the Dropshot have what is termed ‘soft’ hands. They have a great feel for the ball.


The Dropshot is a difficult shot to play under ideal situations so don’t make it even more difficult by playing a dropshot when you are for example behind the baseline.

A useful tactic often used is a combination of a heavy deep crosscourt forehand drive followed by an angled and short dropshot back the same side.

If played correctly it should completely wrongfoot your opponent who is looking to move over to the empty space on his backhand side.

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