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Next Level 350 Series

Next Level 350 Series Lesson #2

Thank you for attending Lesson 2 of our 12 week Training Series! Please note that lessons do not have to be taken in numerical order. You are welcome to start anytime during the 2 month rotation.
Here are your notes and homework from class. Keep practicing to solidify all you learned.
Looking forward to seeing you next week!

Drop Shot Mechanic

  • Soft hand, soft stable wrist, soft body

  • Swing forward- not up 

  • Contact Point in front – no backswing behind the body

  • Non paddle leg forward and reach with non paddle hand

  • Laid back wrist

  • We will have a plain vanilla and an aggressive drop – it all depends on what ball gets hit to us and how our footwork prep plays out

    • If you can load forward and low you can be more aggressive – diving drop at their feet

    • If caught off balance – keep it safe and just try to get it to bounce in front of opponent 


3rd, 5th, 7th Drill

  • Set up 3 cones: Spread evenly from baseline to NVZ  

  • 1 partner stands at NVZ with 3 balls and feeds a ball to each cone 

  • Partner must hit a drop shot or reset ball at each cone- staying at each cone until they land one in the NVZ

  • Once they have hit NVZ from cone 1 they move to cone 2 where they have to hit NVZ before moving to cone 3

  • Make it harder with more pressure from feeder


Mid Court Defense Mechanic

  • Soft body, soft hands

  • Stagger feet

  • Push ball forward and use weight transfer

  • Stay Calm Under Pressure – Your body needs to be the shock absorber


Mid Court Stop and Drop Drill

  • 1 player at NVZ and 1 player mid court

  • Part #1- purpose is to hone in on contact out in front 

    • NVZ player tosses ball to midcourt player bouncing it in front of them

    • Midcourt player must stop or stall the ball in front of them with their paddle

    • Pick up ball and toss back to NVZ player

  • Part #2 – purpose is to reset into kitchen from midcourt

    • NVZ player tosses ball overhand to midcourt player bouncing it in front of them

    • Midcourt player must try and softly reset the ball back into the kitchen

    • Soft body, soft hand, contact out in front

    • May take ball out of the air or off the bounce


Knowing When to Move Forward

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