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Friday, March 31, 2017

Defensive Lob Positioning

Running in circles...

Hitting a defensive lob is often the preferred shot when the opposing team first lobs over you. Their shot forces you to retreat and make a return from an awkward and moving position. Sarah Ansboury addresses some of the techniques to make the shot as easy as possible.

There are lots of things to think about when running down a lob. Which partner is going to retrieve it?  Is the wind effecting it? Can it be hit in the air? Should I drop or drive it? All these things are important, but none is more important than doing it safely!

Safety First!

Moving properly to retrieve a lob safely, is numero uno. I have seen people shuffling back on their heels,  looking up, and perhaps tripping over their own feet. Others shuffle sideways, which may also lead to tripping. Balance as always is key. But is is also important to pick up your feet.

Proper Technique for Running Down a Lob

Ideally, you want to hit a forehand after running down a lob. To do this, you need to learn the proper technique:

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