I'm not an authority on this subject, so following are just my comments based on my assumptions.
Possibly auto-positioning is set too high? I have this setting at Slow. Also, I have found that if I keep the movement controls active (keep running to the ball) even when it seems as though I will never make it, many times I return the drop shot. When trying to reach these balls, I don't worry so much about trying to stop in the green zone or whatever. I just run and keep running, and with a drop shot that is almost out of reach, I have little time to prepare my return shot, but at least I can return the ball. So, that is what I would try: set auto-positioning to Average or Slow and don't release the movement controls when running to the ball.