Slice Lob

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by TennsDog, Jul 28, 2004.

  1. TennsDog

    TennsDog Hall of Fame

    Feb 26, 2004
    I find that a backhand (1H) slice lob is very effective, more so than my topspin fore- or backhand lob, sometimes even being better when I am scrambling. Does anyone else experience this? I love the way the spin drives the ball up and up, then it slows down as it nears the backcourt and seems to die and drop almost straight down.
  2. GrahamIsSuper

    GrahamIsSuper Semi-Pro

    Jul 21, 2004
    San Antonio, TX
    I really would think it'd make it easier for the opponent to run down balls. The topspin lob is more effective because it moves away from the retrieve, rather than stopping and giving them another chance into the point.

    The only time i've ever tried was when i was playing doubles outside with some pals with 35 mile n to s winds....needless to say, i tried some interesting things and got serves to bounce back to our side of the net. I also enjoyed slicing balls as hard as possible to what would seem like would go down to the 3rd court, but laughingly come back to around their service line. Imagine trying to hit an overhead off something thats coming in from behind you :lol: Slice lobs are fun, but really arent a good strategy to employ in normal conditions.
  3. Power Game

    Power Game Professional

    Jun 30, 2004
    The slice lob is effective some times especially when your opponent has to run alot (forcing then to hit the ball just before the second bounce). I wouldn't use it exclusevely though because it is really easy to hit short
  4. goober

    goober Legend

    Jun 9, 2004
    I find that I have more control over a slice back spin lob. I find it very difficult to pull off a 1BH topspin lob.

    On my forehand side tho it is all topspin 8)
  5. kevhen

    kevhen Hall of Fame

    Feb 20, 2004
    Auckland, New Zealand
    A slice lob even on the forehand side can be good if it's hit very high and deep enough and can be a very tough overhead with enough backspin on it. Topspin lobs are better for hitting clean winners with though.
  6. Camilio Pascual

    Camilio Pascual Hall of Fame

    Feb 11, 2004
    I use it when I've been run off the court on the ad side to buy time. I try to put a bit of sidespin on it and it curves and is hard to predict where it will bounce.
  7. Bungalo Bill

    Bungalo Bill G.O.A.T.

    Feb 19, 2004
    If you're good at it than great. The slice lob allows an opponent to get back on it quickly.

    It is definetly a defensive shot. If you use it offensively, just use it to surprise the opponent, or you better make one damn good lob!

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