For all intents and purposes spear point fencers should be able to interchangeably shoot a spear or throw a spear (the former is known as a “stike”) from the wrist with the drop of the same finger. It is very hard to explain to non-fencers what a spear point or a drop point is since they’ve never used one or the other in a fight before. I don’t know about you but I haven’t even been involved in a throw or a sting in my life. When you are throwing or shooting, your opponent can simply move out of the way. In MMA, throws are quite easy to execute as most of them come off as wrist taps. You see my point?
Drop points, on the other hand, are extremely difficult to escape from once they’re thrown. A common tactic is for an opponent to run in and attempt a catch-as-you-go technique (when your opponent isn’t paying attention, tap your foot to make the attack look like a throw). I have seen some fighters pull this off, but more often than not, you’ll get caught in a dodgy situation where the other guy has caught you and is now holding onto your head. If this is the kind of thing that you want to experience, then a drop point is probably not the choice.
When looking at a spear point or a drop point in MMA, it’s a good idea to keep these points firmly in mind. They are both deadly efficient, striking techniques that can be devastating to your opposition. Make sure you choose a weapon that will allow you the freedom to engage in these types of strikes. Look for a stick that feels good in your hands, and don’t hesitate to practice with it.