Most tennis instruction tells you when you hit a drop shot to make the ball just barely clear the net. Although that’s a devastating shot when it works, it is a very low percentage shot. Also, when you use this against a fat and slow person the person will not even try to get to the ball. This will defeat our purpose of making them run.
So, I see nothing good about trying to thread the needle by hitting the ball too short and too close to the net.
What I suggest is that you hit the drop shot much deeper into the court. Hit it at least 3/4 of the way into the service box. This overcomes the two drawbacks mentioned above. The shot now is a high percentage shot and even better, it makes your fat opponent make them think they can actually get to the shot, so they start running. BINGO! That’s what we want to happen. At every opportunity we want to make the other person run.
LET ME REPEAT THAT – AT EVERY OPPORTUNITY WE WANT TO MAKE THE OTHER PERSON RUN!
So, when playing fat and slow opponents, hit your drop shots deeper into the court.