Pickleball Strategy: Third Shot Drop

Pickleball Strategy: Third Shot Drop

Handling a strong net team is tough. In this video, Third Shot Pickleball coach Mark Renneson shows you how to neutralize the net players with a great third shot drop.
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  1. David Townsend on December 7, 2021 at 10:33 pm

    Mark awesome video.  Posted it on our pickleball page and weekly email to our members.  My struggle is when I make a good third shot drop and the opponent will often pound the ball back after the bounce (yes I play with a herd of bangers).  How do you get them to engage in dinking or what is my next shot (fifth shot) options?  If your opponent or worse yet your partner does not want to engage in the short game, is there still value in dropping the third shot in the kitchen just to have it blasted at you?

  2. Gary Janikula on December 7, 2021 at 10:44 pm

    Depending on your court position are there times when you want to dink the ball short in the kitchen? I know that when i’m at the NVZ line i try to dink low and deep to the line but sometimes i get in trouble with what i think is a good shot only for it to come back as a winner.

  3. Janet K Bush on December 7, 2021 at 10:56 pm

    thanks! good information, now to practice!

  4. Grasshopper Pickleball on December 7, 2021 at 11:02 pm

    I always love all your great tips!  N

  5. Johnny Eff on December 7, 2021 at 11:05 pm

    This is the best video I’ve seen on the subject. I see a lot of folks trying the 3rd shot drop but hitting it too flat resulting in a couple of things… 1. You don’t have enough time to get to the net since to hit flat requires more speed on the ball; 2. The opposing team gets a net-level or higher ball which usually doesn’t bounce in the kitchen and is easy to return as they are not hitting up, so it is easier to keep the serving team back; 3. The shot is riskier, as the margin of error is smaller. Mark rightly emphasizes the need to get some arc so that the ball drops into the kitchen. Excellent work Mark!

  6. Rob Orr on December 7, 2021 at 11:14 pm

    Question, I’m perceived to be a reasonable player having been blessed with hand-eye co-ordination and soft hands having had a lot of tennis behind me, and whilst I understand re the third-shot-drop, I often hit a second-shot-drop as the serving team are on the defensive at the back of the court; so why is it always the third-shot-drop that is advocated?

  7. Jim Kazmarek on December 7, 2021 at 11:14 pm

    Audio on a lot of these is poor.

  8. Peggy Bradley on December 7, 2021 at 11:18 pm

    Great video. Thanks!

  9. turboeddieify on December 7, 2021 at 11:19 pm

    mark, thanks for the tip. wondering how to handle a heavy slice return with a 3rd shot drop. i have an opponent who is driving me crazy with this shot. turbo out.