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Using the Lob Serve

2 March 2011 5 Comments

By Wanda Collins,
AmPRO Certified Professional Level III Instructor

A lot of racquetball players neglect a serve that can actually be a good weapon in their game. The lob serve – that high, arching soft serve that travels to the back corner of the court – isn’t just a second serve to get the ball in play. It can be a valuable tool if you learn to hit it correctly and use it against certain opponents. Some players only use this serve if their first serve is short or long. Many of the game’s really great players use this as a first serve on a regular basis. If your drive serve – that hard, low shot to the corner – isn’t working because 1) you’re off that day, 2) your opponent hits harder and lower than you do, 3) you’re so slow at getting out of the service box, you should consider using a lob serve as your first serve. Hard hitters can get frustrated at the lack of pace on the ball, and if you hit it correctly, it will force your opponent to hit an overhead backhand – one of the hardest shots to execute on a racquetball court, OR a tennis court. So if that hard hit serve isn’t impressing your opponent, save it for another day and lob!

 

5 Comments »

  • Brian Gillespie said:

    A decent lob serve has made a huge difference in my game. At the Seattle Open an effective lob serve got me all the way through the consolation bracket and into the final!

  • Drew Wilson said:

    Well said Wanda!
    Also, don’t forget to change-up your lob serve as you would a drive serve. 1/2 lob & 3/4 lobs, left & right plus the lob Z. I love the nick lob. Keep changing the height, speed and angle with the same mechanics and your opponent will always be guessing.

  • Matt Porter said:

    A GOOD lob serve always helps. Keep lob serves a little dynamic if possible, and at least show your opponent several variations of the same serve, i.e., half-lob, high-lob, lob-knick, lob-Z, etc. Also, changing service position in the box helps even if you’re sticking with the same serve.

    And as always, when in doubt, roll it out!

    -MaTT

  • Fielding Snow said:

    Consider the use of the lob serve on both sides of the court. A great many players expect you to serve to the backhand side and will anticipate this. By changing your soft approach to using both sides of the court you will continue to have an advantage.

  • jeff stark said:

    Remember anytime you can serve a GOOD lob serve it puts
    your oponet on defence thats is always the best way to
    start a ralley

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