Originally Posted by firepanda
Topspin lob. I never use it though, because I always elect to try the flashier passing-shots.
To me, an effective shot is one that makes your opponent abandon their Plan A the first couple of times you execute it.
Topspin lob stops people from crashing the net willy nilly. It allows you to move the opponent around. It backs people up or makes them hit on the rise. It moves the ball out of the strike zone, especially for one handed players. It gives you time to get to net.
And for my level, very few women can hit a topspin lob. By the time the opponent has figured it out, the match may be over.