How to Anticipate the Lob for Better Offense

by | Feb 17, 2023 | Tennis Training

As a tennis player, you know that moving up to the net can give you a great advantage in the game.

However, it can also leave you vulnerable to lobs from your opponent(s).

Anticipating a lob can be the difference between winning and losing a point, so it’s important to know how to read your opponent’s shots and react quickly.

The following (2) tips are part of Tennis Questions / Tennis Answers which is one of the newest WebTennis24 programs focusing on quick tips and short lessons on technique, mental strength, tactics and strategies:


Q: Is there a way to know if my opponent intends to lob me?

A: You come up to the net, split step, and get ready to hit your first volley.

But your opponent intends to lob you. How can you tell if he is going to do that?

There are two things that give away your opponent’s intention of hitting a lob:

Cue 1: He is backing up (making at least one step back) – in this situation, the court will be too big for him to hit an aggressive groundstroke passing shot, therefore he will choose to lob you.

Cue 2: He leans backward – meaning, he transfers his weight onto his back foot. This is another cue showing that he intends to get under the ball and send it high.

Once you learn to read those cues, take a step away from the net as soon as you can, and prepare for an overhead. Better have room afterward to step forward and smash the ball than have to scramble for one that you could barely reach.


Discover more tips and quick lessons inside the Tennis Questions / Tennis Answers.

Cosmin Miholca

Cosmin Miholca

Certified Tennis Coach

Check out my work at WebTennis24 where I share with you my best video tennis lessons, drills and tips for players, coaches and tennis parents.


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