Pickleball Lob-Should You Use It or Lose It?


To lob or not to lob. That’s the question. Stay tuned. Hey everybody it’s CJ Johnson. Is the lob part of your
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comments below, if not put a no. Before we start talking about the lob, I’ll bet you’re a savvy pickleball player
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whenever I post a new video. I’m often asked if lobbing is a good
tactic in pickleball and like most things pickleball, the answer is it depends. The lob is used to move your opponents
away from the non-volley zone. There are two types of lobs. A defensive lob is hit primarily from
the baseline while your opponents are at the non volley zone. An offensive lob
is when all four players are at the non volley zone, Usually engaged in a dinking game and
one team uses the lob to pull the other team back into a defensive position. What’s important to know about
the lob is that it’s a risky shot. If you hit it too short, you’ve gifted your opponents with an
overhead that they can now smash at your feet. If you hit it too long, you’ve either lost your serve or you’ve
lost a point and that’s relatively easy to do because it’s not a
very long court. However, like all things pickleball,
there’s exceptions to the rule. I once watched a 4.0 level women’s
doubles team at a pretty large and very competitive tournament, win gold medals based almost exclusively
on their ability to lob and then defend the lob. Eventually their opponents got so
frustrated that they either hit their overheads into the net or out. So yes, at a certain level, a defensive lob may help you
to win points or to win games, but the higher you go in levels, the greater ability those players have
to run down the lob to hit overheads and to defend against a defensive lob. There is one other time that the defensive
lob comes to mind and is actually probably your best chance
to keep the ball in play. When your opponents have pulled you off
the court and you need extra time to recover a high soft lob, while
difficult to hit on the run, maybe your best option. To answer the question that we
started with to lob or not to lob, while there are a few situations
in which you need defensive lob, it’s not a tactic that I would
recommend using regularly. Now the offensive lob, the one that you use when all four
players are in a dinking rally at the non volley zone, that’s a
completely different story. Make sure you join me in the next video
where I’m going to show you how and when to use it effectively. In the meantime, check out these resources to help you
improve your overhead and to defend against the lob. If you got value
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friends because together we can Train Smart, Live, Bold, and Age Well.

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