Drop Shot

Drop Shot Observation Schedule (PAR analysis)


Using both the video and an initial match analysis sheet I have been able to identify the drop shot as my main weakness.

I will compare my performance against a model performance using the focussed observation schedule below. From this, I should be able to identify the strengths and weaknesses in my technique.


If I am successful at carrying out that part of the action, a tick will be placed opposite the criteria, if not a cross will be recorded.


Number of shots – _________________



Preparation phase

Starts from base.
Performer tracks path of shuttle and begins moving towards place shuttle will be played from.
While moving, body turns side-on to net.
Racquet is taken up and back.
Weight shifts mostly onto back foot.
Back shoulder drops.
Front arm balances racquet arm (both arms are raised).


Action Phase

Shoulder, arm and racquet are brought forward at speed then action is ‘checked’.
Action resembles throwing action and looks like possible ‘clear’ or ‘smash’ up to impact.
Impact is above racquet shoulder with ‘fine’ touch.
Deception of ‘touch happens at last moment.
There is some transfer of weight from back foot to front foot to coincide with moment of impact.


Recovery Phase

Short follow through.
Returned to balanced ‘ready’ position at ‘base’.




My main strength is ________________________________________________________________


My main weakness is in the ________________________________________ phase and the criteria


which needs to be improved is _______________________________________________________



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *