Originally Posted by Mr.Lob
More specifically, where would you be with two up against the lob? On the service line?
I think that answer depends on how quick you are. Get as close as possible as long as you can cover the lob. Old guys would want to stay further back. Young, quick kids can get closer.
I'd try that strategy of not crowding too close, but waiting for that short ball that can be angled off with a smash. It takes patience to not try to put away overheads from behind the service line, but that's what they want you to try and do. That way they draw the error and you get frustrated.
Also hitting it short to bring them up might be effective, 'cause maybe the reason they are back is that they can't volley very well. Hit them short balls and then lob them back.