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Szymanowski
Mar 2nd, 2005, 01:49 PM
Sorry this post isn't directly about the WTA tour, I am finding in my own game my topspin lob is inconsistent, but when I get it right, I can't disguise it and leave it to the last minute like Hewit does. Anyone have any tips?

Just a general note about lobs: in the women's game noone seems to use them; the only lobs that stand out in my memory are those by Sharapova in the wimby final, which sound as though they were more good luck than practice, from what she said, and a couple of shot by Serena in various matches.
It seems to be a shot used far more by the men. Can anyone shed any light on why?

SelesFan70
Mar 2nd, 2005, 01:58 PM
Topspin lob: See Martina Hingis or :worship: Chris Evert :worship: on tape if you can.

It really is a lost shot these days.

Szymanowski
Mar 2nd, 2005, 02:02 PM
'fraid I hadn't discovered the great game when they were around.
I saw Hantuchova against Kuznetsova in Eastbourne final last yr, and there was NO net play! on GRASS!

It's wrong!!!

matthieu_tennis
Mar 2nd, 2005, 03:06 PM
to do a good top spin lob, if you have a good forehand top spin is very ez to carry out when you do your lob make the same mouvement of a forehand at the last second you up the ball very fast with a mouvement of arm with a lot of conviction you need a very big swing

wateva
Mar 2nd, 2005, 03:08 PM
to do a good top spin lob, if you have a good forehand top spin is very ez to carry out when you do your lob make the same mouvement of a forehand at the last second you up the ball very fast with a mouvement of arm with a lot of conviction you need a very big swing

can't describe it better... myskina has a fine lob i think...

tennnisfannn
Mar 2nd, 2005, 03:17 PM
There is only one word synonymous with lob, KIM. some players may play them like maria or serena or myskina but for Kim it is her stable diet. She can hit them even when she is totally out of position and rarely misses.
If you want a tip, go watch kim's matches. and when you are done doing that, watch them again.

treufreund
Mar 2nd, 2005, 03:18 PM
justine has a great lob too!

MisterQ
Mar 2nd, 2005, 03:53 PM
Topspin lob: See Martina Hingis or :worship: Chris Evert :worship: on tape if you can.

It really is a lost shot these days.

You're right, they both had fantastic lobs. :worship: Tracy Austin was also known for hers.

Shonami Slam
Mar 2nd, 2005, 04:09 PM
lobing is fun!
it's the tennis equivalent of yelling on someone "noooooooooooob!!!"
so funny.

Jem
Mar 2nd, 2005, 04:31 PM
I think Sanchez-Vicario had the best lob I've ever seen. When you're trying to hit, you really need to stroke through the ball all the way. Too often, players stop the forward motion of their shot on the lob -- that's when you tend to pop them up, making for an easy sitter. The best topspin lobs aren't necessarily high lobs -- but they're high enough to go over someone's head, hit the court and bounce away. You can hit an effective lob without topspin, but you still need to be willing to hit through the shot. My topspin lob off the backhand is non-existent, but I have a pretty good backhand lob because I hit through the ball -- which takes it very high and deep. Except, of course, for the million or so that come in about 6-7 feet high about 2-3 feet over the net!!!! You gotta love this sport!

crazillo
Mar 2nd, 2005, 05:15 PM
Sanchez lob was the most awesome lob ever!!!! Magdalena Maleeva has an outstanding lob, too.

DA FOREHAND
Mar 2nd, 2005, 05:29 PM
M A R T I N A H I N G I S

I think she's hit the most exquisite lobs I've ever seen, and from as close in as the service line.

She hit a lob on Venus that was just out of Venus' reach, but landed a few feet behind her and ran away for a winner it was great to watch.

My topspin lobs usually land w/in inches of the baseline (in). I can hit them even when it seems i'm out of position(lots of wrist action) My favorite is when i'm on the run, even more surprising to your opponent.

I'm now working on w/some success a tospin lob swing volley.

Iheartennis
Mar 2nd, 2005, 06:55 PM
Myskina has an awesome lob shot. Its a bit scary tho cause it looks like its going to go out but its always ends up well in the court.

Geisha
Mar 2nd, 2005, 07:41 PM
Topspin lob: See Martina Hingis or :worship: Chris Evert :worship: on tape if you can.

It really is a lost shot these days.

Hingis hit some beauties at the AO 01 QF & SF! :worship:

DA FOREHAND
Mar 2nd, 2005, 07:45 PM
Hingis hit some beauties at the AO 01 QF & SF! :worship:

She had great touch w/that shot...she hit one that looked like it parted Venus' hair on the way down...LOL

Pengwin
Mar 2nd, 2005, 07:48 PM
On the forehand all you have to do is exactly the same but brush even further upwards. Take a look at Lindsay Davenport's NORMAL forehand, and try to copy that technique but hit the ball earlier and higher (of course)

DA FOREHAND
Mar 2nd, 2005, 07:59 PM
On the forehand all you have to do is exactly the same but brush even further upwards. Take a look at Lindsay Davenport's NORMAL forehand, and try to copy that technique but hit the ball earlier and higher (of course)


Why do you insist upon spreading that hideous picture all over wtaworld? :fiery: :tape:

Darop.
Mar 2nd, 2005, 08:01 PM
practice makes perfect.

pretty much the only way to get your lob better.

fammmmedspin
Mar 2nd, 2005, 08:23 PM
can't describe it better... myskina has a fine lob i think...

it was spot on last year - this year she's been missing when she tried it.

DA FOREHAND
Mar 2nd, 2005, 08:27 PM
Tennis is about confidence.

Prime example.. Venus had the same foreahand and serve in 00/01 that she has today, difference is in self belief/confidence.

thelittlestelf
Mar 2nd, 2005, 08:30 PM
I lob occasionally too, it's great when you play players that aren't experienced at net. I usually use a slice lob off of my backhand and a topspin one off of my forehand. Just a tip--ALWAYS lob to your opponents backhand side because the backhand overhead is nearly impossible to hit.

baleineau
Mar 2nd, 2005, 08:48 PM
conchita occasionally hits topspin lobs - and they're wicked. :devil:

Orion
Mar 2nd, 2005, 09:46 PM
Any excellent baseliner who did reasonably well on grass is the place to look. Bjorn Borg had a beautiful lob. Hewitt won Wimbledon with his, but his are hard to replicate. The best current example of a good lob that is quick to learn would be Clijsters. Try looking at hers, it's a thing of beauty.

shap_half
Mar 2nd, 2005, 09:52 PM
The 2003 YEC SF between Justine and Amelie. Justine showed some top spin lobs that were just textbook.

Kim also have some great lobs. I think both justine and kim have the best lobs of the women's game right now.

SM
Mar 3rd, 2005, 01:03 AM
Its my best shot

backhanddtl4
Mar 3rd, 2005, 02:21 AM
To hit an effective lob, you should have a closed stance, keep your opposite hitting hand straight out for balance. With your racquet, you should follow through over the same should you are holding your racquet in, compared to normal strokes, where you follow through your opposite shoulder. You should hit a "brush type stroke" with decent upward speed. Remeber to think height over depth, if you hit it high enough, and properly, it should drop deep around the baseline and with heavy topspin.