Tennis Drills – Why and How to Practice Lobs

The lob is one of the tennis shots that we take for granted even though it gets us out of trouble and strikes fear into our opponents when they are at the net. When was the last time that you went out on the court and practiced different types of lobs? Most players spend time on various tennis drills and match play in hopes to learn how to play tennis better, but the tennis lob is neglected by more tennis players these days due to the lack of serve and volley singles players. Like it or not, our list of tennis training tips would not be complete without including the lowly tennis lob. So, keep and open mind and read on about the lob and how to improve it using a couple of easy tennis drills that you can do with a friend.

Tennis Tips - Practice Lobs

Tennis Tips – Practice Lobs
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Why do Tennis Drills for the Lob?

The lob takes practice just like any other tennis shot, so you should practice lobs just like any shot that you want to be able to depend on under pressure. Remember, the lob is considered a tennis passing shot. If you are being attacked at the net, one of the safest and effective passing shots you can have in your arsenal is the lob. There are all kinds of lobs and various locations on the court you need to be able to execute your lob like out wide by the side fence and on the run from the net to the back fence. Players typically only practice their lobs by hitting a few short low lobs up to the overheads of their opponents during the warmup for a match. Wow, this type of lob practice is hitting the ball in a way that the other player can practice hitting it off for a winner. This is probably the worst way to practice your lob, and it may even be worse than no practice at all because you are actually training yourself to hit the perfect setup shot.

How to Add Lobs to Your Tennis Practice Session

You need to practice lobs with tennis practice drills that simulates a real point. The best tennis drills should have you practice using your lob to get yourself out of trouble when you are out of position or win the point when the other player is at the net.

For example, have the other player stand half way between the service line and the net and feed a ball to you. You can practice just hitting a lob that the other player cannot hit as an overhead. The lob should be very high and deep. The player at the net can also feed the ball out wide, and you practice hitting a lob on the run that is again high and deep.

Another option is for the player feeding the ball to stand at the baseline because there are times that you are going to want to lob when the other player is back there as well. Do the same thing and have the player feed a ball to you down the middle and then a few out wide. Lob the ball back, and practice making the lob tough for the other player to handle.

Next, you can stand at the net and have the other player lob over your head, so you can practice running towards the back fence and hitting a lob back that keeps you in the point without the other player being able to hit an easy overhead.

Practice Hitting Different Types of Lobs

You need to practice hitting different types of lobs with various spins and heights. This kind of tennis training and drills will give you a good feeling for how high to hit lobs and how well others can handle your various lobs based on their positioning on the tennis court.

Now You Know Why and How to Practice Lobs

Go out and practice lobs because you will need your lob to fend off net rushers and to get back in the point after your opponent has hit a wide ball that forced you out of position. You will also have a more complete set of tools to implement various Strategies and Tactics on the court. Without a doubt, a dependable lob will help you win more matches and have more fun on the court.

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10 Responses to Tennis Drills – Why and How to Practice Lobs

  1. Jase Tam April 8, 2014 at 9:25 am #

    Ok, After reading this, I am firing my instructor because he says lobs are not that important these days. Is he nuts? Yes, I think so…

    • David Evans April 10, 2014 at 6:32 pm #

      Hi Jase, You are so funny. Hey, your instructor is probably just trying to get you to focus on other parts of your game for now. Things like serve and return are very important parts of you tennis game, so he might have put some other shots a bit higher on the priority list for now. Just ask yourself if you are making progress and starting to win more matches due to your instructors training before you get too frustrated. Thanks for the feedback, and remember to have fun on the court! Also, let me know how it goes with your lob over time. Thanks, David

  2. Abby August 7, 2012 at 2:23 pm #

    David Evans surely knows what he is talking about folks!!! If you find yourself in trouble and need to get out, he’s right, practice your lobs..

    • David Evans August 9, 2012 at 8:19 am #

      Hello Abby, Glad to hear that you like the Tennis Tips about lobs. I do not even remember the last time that I saw someone practice lobs from different positions on the court. 🙂 And, Thanks so much for being so positive and supportive. Have a great day, David

  3. Liam July 12, 2012 at 2:26 pm #

    Master your lobs and your net rushers will fall to defeat. I had to learn this lesson the hard way. But the poster is correct. LMBO

    • David Evans July 15, 2012 at 10:28 pm #

      Liam, Thanks for adding your input and support. Lobs are an important of the tennis game, so we should all know how to hit one when in trouble or when an opponent is approaching the net. Thanks again, David Evans

  4. Shannon Lynn July 9, 2012 at 3:39 pm #

    I now know what I must do, practice my lobs. I didn’t really think it was that important, but after reading over this and other content, I know different. Great post…

    • David Evans July 9, 2012 at 9:35 pm #

      Shannon, Thanks for responding with you thoughts and letting me know that my article encouraged you to take action and practice your lob. Awesome!
      Thanks again for sharing with us, David

      • Jocelyn July 15, 2012 at 1:10 pm #

        I definitely agree with Shannon 100%. LOL I didn’t realize how important it was. I, too, have learned so much from your posts. I have spent some time on your site reading all of your awesome work. Keep it up because I’m sure you are helping a lot more!

        • David Evans July 15, 2012 at 10:53 pm #

          Jocelyn, Glad to here that you are getting value from my articles. Yes, it is important to practice lobs without a doubt because you might not hit that many during most your matches, but you need to be able to depend on your lob when you need it to stay in a big point or fend off net rushers when they are attacking at the net. Thanks for the positive feedback and support because it helps me to know that you are getting value from my work here on Tennis Tips Daily.
          Thanks again, David Evans

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