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How to Beat a Lobber in Tennis

Let tennis pros Joe Perez and Kirk Moritz teach you how to beat a lobber in this Howcast video.

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Joe: How to beat a lobber in tennis. A lobber in tennis is someone
who, every time you come to the net, they consistently try to hit it
over your head with a lob or when you're at the baseline, you'll hit a
hard shot and the only way they can defend against that hard shot is to
send up a lob. How do you beat that? If you're at the baseline, and
you hit a hard shot and they just lob it back hoping to restart the
point, you can come in and take the ball out of the air with what I call
a swinging volley. Don't let that lob bounce because you're just going
to have to restart the point back up and restart that point. Come in,
as the ball is dropping, catch it at about eye level to chest level and
take a swinging volley out of the air and put it away. The other thing
is if you come up on an approach shot, a lobber will always choose to
lob over your head. So, know thy opponent. Don't come in too far.
Stay somewhat near the service line expecting the lob, which you'll
probably get, and execute an overhead smash. Put the ball away. The
key to beating a lobber is to not let that lob take effect. Take it out
of the air from the baseline. You're going to come up to the net and
hit an overhead smash. What do you think Kurt?

Kurt: I like it and sometimes you play somebody who's going to just try
even when you're on the baseline to lob it back. Lob it back. With that
player, every once in a while, you will back up a little bit and you
have to feel a little proficient at sending a good lob. This is the one
time, you can probably hit a good lob, let's say, to his back end, maybe
even with a little top spin and that height gives you time to come in
and like Joe said, don't come too close to the net. Stop around the
service line. Chances are, a lob this coming. He's not going to beat
you with a lob if you're only on the service line when he hits it.

Joe: That's right and I have gone to a lot of junior tournaments and at
the young age, the lob is a very effective shot because the players
don't have enough power to come in and take it out of the air often
because they're young and the ball tends to bounce over their heads a
lot. I am teaching my younger students as they get older, maybe 13 or
14, to try to take that swinging volley and try to work on their
overhead smash. How to beat a lobber -take it out of the air, get up to
the service line and hit some overhead smashes.

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