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Bradford Tennis Tips - Strokes


How to Hit a Lob in Tennis

You hit a lob to surprise your opponent or when you have no alternative defensively. A lob can be an offensive shot as well as a defensive one.

  • STEP 1: Assume the ready position at or near the baseline.
  • STEP 2: Drop your racket head lower than you would for a normal ground stroke.
  • STEP 3: Attempt to get under the ball.
  • STEP 4: Hit the ball on a greater angle than you would for a ground stroke.
  • STEP 5: Hit the ball up over your opponent's head.
  • STEP 6: Finish with the racket head over the back shoulder (for offensive topspin).
  • STEP 7: Be aware that the height of the shot depends on whether it's an offensive lob (hit with topspin) or a defensive lob (hit with underspin).


  • Understand that you might hit a lob on the run - from either the front or the back foot.
  • Practice with a partner by lobbing the ball over the net to each other, attempting to send the ball as deep into your partner's court as possible.