# 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.
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1. Pickleball Lessons: Third Shot Drop Basics
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5. Doubles Strategy - Blocking/Workhorse Dinking - Part 1
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