Hey HKz, I've noticed you've replied to lots of threads in this forum. Way to go, I guess you're taking your tennis seriously, and seem to be giving some sound advice too.
You raise a good point here. In my area of the UK, very few juniors use the drop shot, it's more of an old folks shot. Here are the only reasons I can think of why this is the case:
1) As you point out, it is seen as more macho to be able to hit winners with power rather than finesse.
2) In some cases, and especially if over-used, it can be seen as having poor etiquette (similar to hitting repeated lobs rather than going for passing shots), though I don't agree with this.
3) It's a confidence shot - play one or two bad ones, and it can really put you off using the shot for a long time, especially if you hit it deep and your opponent pounds it for an easy winner. You really need to be confident to use it effectively.
Thanks for replying. The "poor etiquette" or so is especially true with the girls in my area as they see the dropshot, especially the dropshot/lob combo, as a bad/mean way to win a point but I don't see how it can be because you make your opponent move left to right by hitting groundstrokes while at the same time lobs and dropshots just make them move forward and backwards.
Using the dropshot excessively would be quite "lame" so I probably do not recommend that tactic (plus your opponent could just be waiting for a dropshot and unleash on it when you try to pull it off). I like to use dropshots whenever my opponent has extra pressure in order to give them even more problems to deal with. For example, I will usually throw in a dropshot when I have some sort of game point, break point, set point or match point. The dropshot is also quite useful in tiebreaks when it is most stressful and when your opponent is most vulnerable to being stunned mentally.
The confidence aspect of dropshots is quite demanding. For example, I have noticed that the players who do try to dropshot their opponents, they try to dropshot too precisely in order to try to end the point right then and there. This of course can lead to misses since it has a high margin for error and it can lead to them not having a backup plan in case their opponent does reach the dropshot in time since they don't expect their opponent to reach it. So what I do in order to remove this potentially confidence blocker is to take a few precautions when executing the dropshot:
1. I try to think that I'm going to win the point with the shot after the dropshot in order to not become pressured into trying to hit a perfect dropshot.
2. Instead of hitting the ball in a very short arc over the net, I hit with a bigger arc but instead put more backspin on the ball in order to compensate. While this does increase the chance that my opponent can get to the ball a little, in return I get a higher percentage that the ball won't hit the net.