When To Lob
At Newk’s camp, Mark Woodforde told us that he and his partner would try to go at or over their opposing net man at least once per game on the return of serve.
But during a pro-am doubles match, my pro partner advised me that I lobbed “too early in the point.” What he was saying was that you should try driving a ball at your net-closing opponents to get them closer to the net; and to THEN lob over them.
Another great time to use the lob is when all four players are at the net — and leaning forward. The “lob volley” can be a winner and psychological victory.
How To Lob
One prime problem with lobbing is hitting the short lob – that builds your opponent’s confidence and gets your partner blasted. So one great tip I received was to NOT try to hit the lob over your opponent’s head; but to AIM for a target deep in the court, which would more likely have your lob go deep enough.
So for me, the key tips are:
• Don’t default to it to soon: hitting a couple of drives first
• use the same motion as the backhand slice crosscourt;
• “punch” through the lob (not chop);
• be sure to follow through.
• Hit it high and deep
• Aim (not over his head) for a deep spot on the court.
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