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LOBBING - HOW HIGH HOW DEEP?
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Bob Callaway
06-13-2003
Some years ago I was conducting a clinic with former National Finalist, Mike Gillespie. He was asked about the differences between tournament level play and club level play. Without a hesitation he said, “height of lobs”. Tournament players use what I call the “four second lob”. It takes four seconds between the backcourt player lobbing the ball and the net player being able to hit the overhead. A four second lob is a lob that is hit about as high as the lights on most courts. Why is this important? A four second lob allows players in the backcourt to get back into position before the net players can hit the next shot, so they are never addressing the next shot from an awkward or more difficult position.

Most experienced players feel that there is no shot that can be hit by players at the net that they cannot return, either off the deck or off the screens, with the possible exception of the occasional crease shot, if they are in position when the team at the net hits the shot. Therefore experienced players in the backcourt feel comfortable to the point of feeling they are really the team on offense, that there is no way the team at the net can beat them except if they make an error on a shot they should be able to make or if they are out of position. By hitting lobs that hang in the air for four seconds before being hit by their opponents, they will never be out of position.

So work on lobbing as high as the lights and use the time to get yourself back into position. Don’t aim your lobs too deep, or you will give away too many points by lobbing some shots over the baseline, an unpardonable sin. Most experienced players will tell you that the height of the lob is more important than the depth.

 

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