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LOBBING OFF DOUBLE WIRES
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Bobo Delaney
08-13-2002
The corner wires are the most difficult screen shots to play, especially in the backhand corner. To play the corners best, a player must be alert and ready to anticipate when the double wire shot may be hit to them. In order to do this, the backcourt players must pay close attention to the angle and depth of each of their lobs. Based on this they can best plan ahead.
Once it is clear which opponent is hitting the overhead, closely observe the angle at which they are aiming as well as the speed and force of their overhead swing. This will help you to decide how to start your first move.
Once the ball has landed on your side, move either into the side screen or away from it, depending on whether it appears the ball will hit side-to-back or back-to-side. If you have judged it side-to-back, move more out of the corner and away from the side screen. If the ball is heading toward the back screen, move toward the side screen on an angle heading away from the back screen. Do not follow the ball into the corner.
While committing and moving into the proper position, you should be turned sideways with your racquet down low near your knees. The face of the racquet is completely open. Keep your feet moving with little steps (not lunges) while anticipating where the ball will begin to drop and eventually end up. Let the ball play itself out before striking it. DO NOT RUSH YOUR SWING.
Then, with your knees bent and paddle low, lift up under the ball with a flat, open racquet face. Follow through straight up, ending with the paddle well above your head. This will create a high lob as well as follow through.
Remember, the ideal point of contact with the ball is between your knees and waist. At contact point your hand and wrist are locked tight to support the ball. During the swing, your arm and hips should be coming up together to ensure a nice high lob.
After hitting the ball, quickly recover and get back into the proper ready position. Keep in mind that the goal is to hit a high lob that will drift deep naturally rather than focusing on trying to lob over your opponents' heads. For backhand corner wires, feel free to use two hands on the racquet if you need additional support.
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
 

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