Tennis Lob

A lob can keep your opponent off balance.

Lobs keep the opponent from stepping too close to the net to finish off their Volleys. Instead of preparing to move side-to-side to hit a Volley, the opponent at the net has to be ready to spring up for an Overhead. This unpredictability keeps the opponent off balance, guessing at the net.

  • A well-executed Lob bounces near the baseline and arches high over the opponent’s head.
  • There’s no formula for the exact combination of power, spin, and height. Through trial and error, each player can achieve their own style of lobbing.

When to Lob

The Slice Lob and Topspin Lob are often used in double matches, when at least one player is at the net. When there’s a cloudless sky or a night sky filled with artificial lights, a lob can make it very difficult for the opponent to hit an Overhead Smash at the net.

  • It’s difficult to perceive the ball’s depth of field when it’s high up in the air, at night or on cloudless days.
  • Clouds help with depth perception when the ball is dropping from the air.

How to: Slice Lob

Technique: Racquet preparation and body movements are similar to the Forehand and Backhand Slice, with the exception of where contact is made and how follow through happens:

  • For the Forehand/Backhand Slice, the racquet makes contact behind the ball, and the follow-through happens forward and down.
  • For the Slice Lob, the racquet makes contact underneath the ball and follow-through happens forward and up.
  • Because of this, for the Slice Lob, the racquet needs to start even further below the ball in order to have enough momentum to lift the ball.

When to Slice Lob: When the opponent is on the run and/or is unable to set up for a groundstroke passing shot.

Slice Lob Guide: Forehand

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Slice Lob Guide: Backhand

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How to: Topspin Lob

The Topspin Lob is similar to the Topspin Groundstroke, with the same exception as the Slice Lob:

  • Contact point is below the ball, so the racquet head needs to get even further below the ball and accelerate upwards.
  • Follow-through is more of an upward movement, than a forward movement, which will help achieve topspin, creating a high arch over the opponent at the net. 

Topspin Lob Guide: Forehand

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4.  The Racquet head is way under the ball to create topspin and height.

Topspin Lob Guide: Backhand

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5.  The Racquet head is way under the ball to create topspin and height.

 


3 Responses to “Tennis Lob”

  1. would really appreciate a video on lob technique.

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    lockandrolltennis Reply:

    In the future!

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  2. Please upload a video

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