THE LOB

 

The lob is one of the most beautiful and classiest shots seen on a squash court. Most players do not make enough use of this shot. Young players, who are too eager to attack, consider it to be a defensive shot, which diminishes their offensive efforts. It is a misconception to view the lob as a primarily defensive shot. Older players who have seen how past champions such as Gogi Alladin mastered the lob, would agree. Executing it well, in combination with other particular shots, renders the lob very offensive and a nightmare for the adversary. To know when to use the lob, and how to combine it with other shots, go to the tactics section and review the following concepts. 1.  2.  3.  4.

 

This section is limited to explaining the trajectory and landing area of the lob, plus, the technical explanation of how to send the ball there. Possible errors on position and technique will also be addressed to help both players and coaches.

 

The lob must be played extremely high, as to impede its interception on the volley from the mid-court area. (A player who wishes to volley this shot, must be forced right into the back corners.) The lob must also be angled to touch the sidewall at a point just below the out-of-court line. This will slow the ball down and allow it to drop into the back corner, just before the back wall. As the ball touches the sidewall, an opponent who attempts to volley this shot would find it awkward.

 

This diagram, borrowed from the Shot Squash 2000 training system, illustrates where the lob goes. Note that the lob is played from both the front and backcourt. I would recommend knowing more about Shot Squash 2000 . If you wish to, click here –

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There also exists another particular landing area for the lob. I would advise only top players to try this out, as it applies only in certain situations. If you would like to know more right now, go to the end of the page by clicking here.

 

Before discussing the correct position and technique, make sure that you have been through the section entitled “MAKE SURE YOU’VE GOT IT RIGHT”. You may check by clicking here. If you have, and are able to open the racket face and hit under the ball, you may proceed and attempt the lob.

 

The Forehand Lob From the Front Court. proceed and attempt

 

This shot has been filmed from the front and side. The low camera angle, especially from the side view, makes us appreciate how low the player must go down on his legs to play this shot well. Take a close look at this video clip. The player must try to go in with as much back-swing as possible without raising the racket too high. Of course, when the ball is very difficult to reach, the player will be forced to move in with hardly any back-swing and often obliged to use the other foot, as seen here.

 

At first, the player should master the shot as demonstrated in the first clip, with a good back-swing and use of the correct foot. The vital tips to remember are the importance of going down very early on the legs (as was described for the counter-drop), using a very open racket face, a good deal of wrist action, and as much follow-through.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The player should try to raise the ball as high as possible on the front wall without fear of sending it out of court. It is wrong to lean backwards during the shot. Some players believe this would help them raise the ball higher, but in reality it has the opposite effect. When moving backwards to the T, the player should not be tempted to turn his body towards the ball. Only the head should be turned.

 

When the technique described here is mastered, the player should try to play the lob from more difficult situations, such as the one shown here. In this case the player lunges harder, has the arm almost stretch forward, and uses a lot of wrist action. It is most important to avoid dipping suddenly with the head. Also, try to avoid overuse of the right leg. If that is not possible, then the left leg must be used in other situations to compensate. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the photo series below, despite being fully stretched, the player tries very hard to keep his head up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Backhand Lob From the Front Court          blfc

 

Picking up from the paragraph above, the shot on the backhand side is first demonstrated using the left foot in order to rest the right one. Unfortunately, in a game situation, if the player is forced to really stretch, he will find himself using the right leg as shown here. This next clip, still with the right foot, also offers a frontal view. Just watch how the player, despite being so stretched, still manages to produce a lot of torsion at the waste, thus, able to raise the racket head high up on the follow-through.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The series above demonstrates the amount of wrist action required to raise the ball. But, that is not enough. The two photos below show that the arm must be raised even in the most difficult of positions.