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# 30 - Pickleball Lessons: Third Shot Drop Basics In this lesson coach Sarah Ansboury goes over the fundamentals of the third shot drop in pickleball and how to hit a third shot drop pickleball. What is a third drop shot in pickleball? The third shot in pickleball is the third shot of the point. The serve is the first shot, the return is the second shot, and the third shot ... is the third ball hit in point, or the second ball the server hits. The third shot strike rules state that the serving team must let the ball bounce before hitting the third shot. In pickleball, this is often called the three-bounce rule. For more information about the rules of pickleball, visit our site and watch the rules of pickleball. Why third shot drop in pickleball are hit? The third shot drop pickleball is hit to neutralize the opponent by placing the ball into the NVZ or the kitchen. The third shot in pickleball can be a drive or a drop. The preferred option is the third shot drop pickleball, and it is hit softly, aiming to place the ball in the non-volley zone, which will result in your opponent's inability to attack. When the third shot drop pickleball is executed correctly, the serving team can successfully and smoothly transition to the non-volley zone with a high chance of getting an attackable ball and putting the team in an offensive position. The third shot drop in pickleball is hands down one of the most important shots in pickleball. Mastering this skill with the appropriate technique will separate you from your competition. In pickleball, getting your shot off fractions of a second can be a huge difference maker in any pickleball player's game. Here's how to improve your technique for a third shot drop pickleball like the pros. This video will demo stance, optimal contact point, and follow through. The purpose of this pickleball lesson is to demonstrate the fundamentals of the third shot drop pickleball from the correct movement and position to the use of the kinetic chain (utilizing your body as a whole). The key focus when hitting the third shot drop pickleball is to focus on your weight transfer, contact point, and back swing. Now the player must focus on making a successful transition to the NVZ. To understand how to transition from the baseline into the kitchen, visit our pickleball library and watch the "Pickleball Lesson: Doubles Transitioning Strategy." In this lesson, coach Sarah Ansboury demonstrates one of the most important Doubles strategies in pickleball. Using the stagger strategy to transition to cover the middle and give your team the best chance to cover the ball and the entire court is the main pickleball strategy for a successful doubles team. Whether you are trying to learn or even teach pickleball SportsEdTV's library of cinema quality online instructional videos will become a most valuable resource to you. These pickleball instructions are led by leading coaches, players and champions. Athletes new to pickleball will appreciate the simplicity and special effects employed by SportsEdTV coaches who will offer expertise in fundamentals, strategies and drills for all levels of pickleball in formats that are easily understood and practiced. This FREE pickleball instructional video content is available to anyone in the world with an internet connection. SportsEdTV videos feature advice from world-class pickleball coaches and athletes - many of whom are or have coached world champions. For more pickleball lessons, visit our world-class video library. And don't miss SportsEdTV's thoughtful pickleball blogs featuring contributions by world famous coaches and players. Please leave your comments below and share SportsEdTV with your friends, family, and teammates.