The drop shot—a tennis move that sends the ball just barely over the net—has grown in popularity since Roger Federer used it to win the French Open in 2009. It’s a risky shot that can catch opponents off guard, sending them scrambling forward to the net.
The drop shot isn’t executed by luck—it’s a combination of an angled hit by the racquet and the movement of air above and below the ball as it spins.
Above, watch materials scientist Ainissa Ramirez explain the physics behind the tennis drop shot.
- The Fight to Save the Salmon
- Inside the World of Black Bitcoin, Where Crypto Is About Making More Than Just Money
- The 'Great Resignation' Is Finally Getting Companies to Take Burnout Seriously. Is It Enough?
- Suddenly, Everyone on TV Is Very Rich or Very Poor. What Happened?
- Colin Powell Reflects on His Mistakes in Unpublished TIME Interview
- Business Travel's Demise Could Have Far-Reaching Consequences
- If the U.S. Spends Big on Climate, the Rest of the World Might Follow