Playing the Lobber

Any high lob that is dropping quickly is always difficult to smash out of the air.... because it is coming down quickly with a lot of speed, leaving you less time to react. When you attempt to take the lob out of the air and subsequently don't put it away, your opponent is able to recognize that you are unable to finish the point! Therefore, they're going to keep lobbing you!
Any high lob that is dropping quickly is always difficult to smash out of the air.... because it is coming down quickly with a lot of speed, leaving you less time to react. When you attempt to take the lob out of the air and subsequently don't put it away, your opponent is able to recognize that you are unable to finish the point! Therefore, they're going to keep lobbing you!

We have seen these players many times before, and here at Fox Chase, we call them the "Lobsters." They tend to have lots of trophies, but very few friends on the court!

To beat the lobster, try letting the high lobs BOUNCE! Yes..... bounce. The advantage is that you'll get much more time to judge the ball because the speed will drop by half after it hits the court, leaving you more time to prepare, get balanced and finish it as a good smash. So, bounce the high lob and soon your opponent's favorite shot will float out to sea never to be seen again!

Remember, as with any well-executed overhead smash (bounce or no bounce!) remember to get sideways and use the proper grip and try not to get too close to the ball when it bounces so your weight will be moving into the shot, not falling backward or to the left or right.