The third shot drop is arguably the most difficult, yet one of the most important shots to master in the game of pickleball. So, I’ve gathered my top video picks to help YOU view, learn and practice the ever-elusive third shot drop.
Real quick – What is the third shot drop? The third shot drop is a shot or long dink performed at or near the baseline that lands softly in the opponent’s kitchen (non-volley zone). This shot is designed with mostly one thing in mind – to allow your team time to get to (or at least move toward) the net. Secondly, it is intended to be a ball that your opponent can’t attack. Why third? Because it is the third shot, right after the serve and return of serve.
Okay, moving on… Here are the top videos listed in order by most views.
Basic Third Shot Drop – Building A Solid Foundation
Here Sarah Ansboury does a good job explaining in detail the many things to consider as well as the why and how. Pros all have a different twist on technique, so it’s good to see and hear a variety of explanations; then you can embrace the technique that is right for you.
Sarah Ansboury 2016 video with over 299,000 views.
3rd Shot Success with Dave Weinbach
Great insight into grip pressure, moving forward and my favorite “don’t chase the garbage”.
PrimeTime Pickleball 2018 video with over 136,700 views.
Pickleball 411: Improve Your Third Shot Drop with Wes Gabrielsen
This video is one of my all-time favorites and I share it as a follow up with all my students. Again, the visuals are great to help the viewer really understand how the flight of the ball should travel. The ball toss is great for beginners of all ages.
Pickleball Channel 2015 video with over 110,500 views.
Pickleball 411: Third Shot Drill
Here’s an early on video from 2014, but still good stuff. I especially like the visuals and explanation of the APEX of the ball BEFORE the net, the ARC of the ball and the SPLIT STEP demonstration. Brian and Matt Staub of The Villages, FL (father and son) do a good job demonstrating.
Pickleball Channel 2014 video with over 85,000 views.
Coach Catherine – 3rd Shot Drop Drills
Just released is Simone Jardim’s brand new YouTube channel showcasing proper third shot drop techniques along with drills to help you become more consistent. Catherine Parenteau demonstrates how she does her shots hitting with Simone.
Simone Jardim Pickleball video posted just a few days ago (November 2019) with over 5,000 views.
Ways to Practice Your Third Shot Drop
Master the Third Shot Drop
Here are ways to PRACTICE what you have learned and master this important pickleball shot. You’ll see me on center court at the .54 second mark.
This 2018 Pickleball Channel video currently has over 57,400 views
Improve Your Drop Shot with this Easy Drill
If you have access to one or two portable nets, this simple drill is for you.
This 2016 Pickleball Channel video currently has over 21,400 views