This is a very versatile shot which can be used offensive, defensively and to change the rhythm of a point. A good lob is a necessary passing shot that needs to be incorporated into the game of all players. It changes the rhythm of the point by forcing the opponent into a vertical game as opposed to a horizontal one.
Hitting a lob off of the forehand side with topspin can be taught in a few minutes. All it takes is a good instructor to show a player the open stance, place the racquet in the player's hand with a loose grip using the eastern or semi-western grip and then have them take the racquet up and extend it over behind their head and shoulders. This will create a very effective lob that will have topspin and run away from the opponent or completely get over his head for a winner.
The backhand lob can topspin and or a slice backspin lob. It is easiest to hit the slice witha continental grip and lift the ball upwards using touch to place it effectively in the backcourt. With topspin the twohanded backhand will not allow the finish of the followthrough to be behind the players head but still it is best hit with a open stance and the racquet will extend upward in front of the head yet it will be of the same characteristics of the forehand lob.
Slice lobs whether they are backhand or forehand are primarily defensive and allow the opponent time to get into position and hit an overhead. The topspin lob is more favorable to the slice yet under pressure the slice is generally all that can be prepared for.
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