is hitting the ball high and deep into the opponent's court
. It can be used as an offensive or defensive weapon depending on the situation.
The lob was introduced by the second Wimbledon
champion Frank Hadow
in his defeat of Spencer Gore
. For this reason Hadow was known as the "loftiest champion".
A lob is usually hit when an opponent is standing near the net, waiting to volley
. The ball should sail over the top of the opponent and into the open court behind him. A good offensive
lob cannot be reached by the opponent, yet it is low enough and has enough pace so that the opponent can not run back and chase it down. It can win the point outright, although with some risks involved. Topspin
greatly enhances the effectiveness of offensive lob but also makes the stroke more difficult. When executing the lob, players usually hit the ball at an angle between 0 degrees (flat) and 45 degrees (diagonal). Some players, such as Andre Agassi
, Michael Chang
, and Lleyton Hewitt
have developed good offensive lobs.
lob, on the other hand, simply intends to push the opponent back to the baseline
and prolong the point
. When a player is pulled out of court, a defensive lob is also useful to buy time to run back and get into a better defensive position.
A lob that is not successful (can be reached by the opponent)(too shallow) is susceptible to being smashed
In doubles, spin or slice is applied to the lob, so it will go over the head of a player at... Read More