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Next Level 400 Series

Next Level 400 Series Lesson #10

Thank you for attending Lesson 10 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 Strategy

  • Cross Court Drop with Staggered Transition

  • Aim at opponents inside foot to the sideline-  big enough target

  • Non Hitting Partner watches Hitting Partner make contact and then moves forward accordingly looking for poach

  • Both Partners watch the player receiving the 3rd shot to determine what may come back – Red, Yellow, Green

  • Approaching partner pinches middle slightly but watches for behind shot

  • Down the Line Drop Shots – less stagger, less aggressive, be ready for defense mid court

Watch this video from Pro Suzee Anderson on transitioning:  Click Here for Video


Fourth Shot Strategy

  • Stepping Back or Out of the Air- Height Dependent- don’t go too low

  • Receiving a Drive – Put it back at who just hit it- they are still moving most likely and easier to pressure

  • Receiving a Drop – Mirror the Angle- Cross Court to Cross Court

  • Mid paced ball- not really a drop or drive – Push them back!  Don’t invite them in


Drive, Drop, Surprise Drill

  • Set up 3 cones: 1 at baseline, 1 at transition zone, 1 at NVZ.  

  • 1 partner stands at NVZ with 3 balls and tosses a ball to each cone zone. 

    • Ball #1- Shallow and High for Drive

    • Ball #2 – Low- Drop

    • Ball #3 – at NVZ – Surprise them- Dink or Smash

  • Focus is on shifting gears and being focused and deliberate through transition


The Approach Game Drill

  • Player 1 at NVZ, Player 2 at Baseline

  • Player 1 feeds balls to Player 2 – this is mimicking the return of serve

  • player 2 makes choice of drop or drive and moves forward to play out the point

  • Net Player focusing on 4th shot

  • Baseline Player focusing on Transitioning

  • Possesion scoring- Baseline player is the scoring player.  If they lose rally it is a side out and you switch who is at NVZ and Baseline

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