Do you mix up your return of serves? A great shot that I
think is underutilized is the drop shot on the return of
serve. This can be a shot to add a little variety to your
game and throw your opponent off balance. Say that you
have been driving deep balls to your opponents backhand
with moderate success. Your opponent is getting ready for
them and getting lobs over your head as you follow the
return to the net. You could try hitting a short drop to
their forehand and hopefully catch them with their weight
on their back foot.
Hitting a drop return is a good strategy to use at times
against that pesky baseliner. Players that camp out on
the baseline sometimes avoid coming up and hitting volleys.
Hitting a short ball on the return is a good way to get
them out of their comfort zone. If they are able to get
to the drop you have to watch for the drop shot back.
I've watched aggressive, hard-hitting players use the drop
shot on the return to completely throw off their opponent.
The drop shot is more of a finesse shot and should be used
only when you feel like you have good balance and control.
If you were moved off the court or beyond the baseline I
wouldn't advise trying it. I would start by using it on
second serve returns until you feel comfortable using it
with harder serves. You need to have a ball that you can
control and one short enough that your opponent doesn't
see it coming.
Being able to hit a drop return adds a whole new dimension
to your game. You might find that some of your opponents
move very quickly laterally but really struggle moving up
and back. Try this in your practice to develop some touch
and see if you can add a new weapon to your arsenal.