How to Hit a Lob in Tennis

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You hit a lob to surprise your opponent or when you have no alternative defensively. A lob can be an offensive shot as well as a defensive one.

Things You'll Need

  • Tennis Shirts
  • Tennis Shoes
  • Tennis Shorts
  • Tennis Socks
  • Sports Drinks
  • Tennis Bag
  • Tennis Balls
  • Tennis Racquets
  • Sports drinks
  • Assume the ready position at or near the baseline.

  • Drop your racket head lower than you would for a normal ground stroke.

  • Attempt to get under the ball.

  • Hit the ball on a greater angle than you would for a ground stroke.

  • Hit the ball up over your opponent's head.

  • Finish with the racket head over the back shoulder (for offensive topspin).

  • Be aware that the height of the shot depends on whether it's an offensive lob (hit with topspin) or a defensive lob (hit with underspin).

Tips & Warnings

  • Understand that you might hit a lob on the run - from either the front or the back foot.
  • Practice with a partner by lobbing the ball over the net to each other, attempting to send the ball as deep into your partner's court as possible.
  • Tennis is a physically demanding sport that could result in serious injury. We recommend that you seek the proper training and equipment before undertaking this activity.

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