Have you ever tried ripping a winner off
of someone's topspin lob while you were 8 feet behind the
baseline? Trying to hit a slow paced high bouncing ball for
a winner is only asking for trouble. When you are pinned behind
the baseline retrieving a lob, remember this, one good lob
In a world of tennis players who want to
rip every ball like the pro players we need to remember that
a lot of times there is a better shot selection for us non-ATP
players. In the middle of a point when your opponent throws
up a lob the dynamics of the point have just changed. You
now have a ball that will most likely bounce higher than your
head and have absolutely no pace on the ball what so ever.
So how do you return such a lob, assuming you can not get
underneath it to hit an overhead? Return a lob with a lob,
it is a safe shot.
Trying to hit a winner off of the lob will
almost be an impossible shot. First of all you have to generate
all the power because the ball is moving slow, second the
ball is going to bounce really high and third you will most
likely be too far behind the baseline to hit the ball offensively.
Here is what I propose. Throw back another
lob, but make it more of an offensive lob if you can. Hit
the lob with some topspin so the ball with bounce high and
with some pace, almost more of a moon-ball rather than a lob.
This will allow you time to get back into position and wait
for the return. This will also not allow your opponent to
get under the ball to hit an overhead (at least easily). By
throwing up an offensive lob you are increasing your chances
of getting a short ball in return allowing you to attack.
You can also throw up an offensive lob and sneak into the
net if you feel you have the time and are in the right position
to do so.
By throwing up an offensive lob/moon ball
you give yourself time to get back into position and play
Good Luck on the