The Forehand Lob From the back Court         flbc




The lob from the backcourt is a most interesting shot, especially when played from the forehand side and sent onto the opponent's backhand. To put the rival in a defensive position, the ball must be lobbed very high and wide. Made to reach up high and near the sidewall in the back corner, there is little chance of attacking. The player who executes a good lob has all the time to walk to the T. More shall be mentioned in the tactics section.  


To produce a good lob from the backcourt, make sure you go down very low on both legs and strike the ball when it is close to the floor. Obtain the greatest elevation by sending the ball very high on the front wall, just a few inches below the out-of-court line. The balls trajectory on its way back must also be wide, and touch the side wall just under the line at a point around 2 metres from the back wall. This makes volleying the shot harder and takes the pace off the ball, which then bounces very low in the back corner.


The Backhand Lob From the back Court              blfc




The objective of the photo on the left is to stress that when playing the lob from the back court, the point of impact with the racket must be as low as possible, while that on the front wall just inches below the out-of-court line. The trajectory must be high and wide, hindering the adversary from volleying the shot. The ball must not be flicked upwards. It is true that upward wrist action is vital, but the arm must continue to move upwards on the follow-through accompanying the ball.


An alternative type of Lob


A different landing area for the lob does exist. However, this trajectory must be used only in particular situations. As mentioned above, only experts can make full use of this shot. This shall be explained.


This type of lob travels slightly lower and drops shorter then the lob described at the beginning of the section. It is sent to make its first bounce very low onto the sidewall. This makes the ball “die” in the back corner, and there is no chance of it bouncing off the back wall and coming out of the corner. To achieve this bounce, as mentioned before, the shot is slightly lower and shorter, rendering it reachable on the opponent’s volley. Therefore, a lob played in this manner, must only be executed when the player is certain to find the opponent in front of the T.  play video



To know more about this situation, see the tactics section.