What is the BEST way to LOB in Padel?
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What is the BEST way to LOB in Padel?


Hi guys in this video we’re going to
talk about two different types of lob now the LOB is probably the most
important shot in the game and it’s probably the most under practice shot by
most recreational players, so in this video we’re going to show you two
different ways that you can lob your opponent and then take the net, now if we
break down the objective in padel which is obviously to win the point it’s
easier to do that while we’re at net so we have to find a way of forcing our
opponents back and the best way and least risky way of doing that is with a
lob. Now you’ve obviously played those games where your opponents are smashing
everything so there’s two ways of getting that net position: either you hit
a lob over your opponents and they have to run back and then you come forward or
you force them to go for a smash that they shouldn’t go for in which case the
ball often bounces, comes off the glass and then you come forward, that’s two
ways that the LOB is effective at getting that net position for you. The
first lob we’re going to look at is the high lob now this is great if you’re in
an indoor where you’ve got a high ceiling or you’re outside even better
and what that is, you’re at the back opponents at the net and you’re gonna
come nice and under that ball and get some really good height on it because
even though it’s less accurate on the other side of the court you can’t be as
specific because it’s high it’s always difficult to smash they’ve got to wait
for that ball to come down and that means you can move in a different
position and also the ball is dropping and it’s increasing speed as it’s
dropping so they will end up either having to play a defensive bandeja or
some kind of tough volley in order to keep you at the back of the court the
return down the T is another good time to use this lob, here you can see he
comes underneath the ball hits nice and high even gives himself time to recover
and come forward if he wants to. You have two options once you’ve hit this high
lob you can either see that it’s cleared them in which case that gives you time
for you and your partner to come and take that net position forcing them to
the back of the court or if it is the high lob and you can see that they’re
going to play it with a bandeja you can make the choice, either you want to come
forward and block that bandeja if you feel like it’s a difficult lob and then
not going to be able to hit a very good shot, you can come forward block it and still take
that net position or if you feel like either they’re a good Smasher or that
it’s not such a deep lob and they’re quite short and they can be a bit more
aggressive then you might want to stay back and defend again and try and get
another opportunity to lob. The second lob is the fast lob,
now this is a slightly more advanced lob and you’ll play this in certain
situations for example if your opponents are close to the net and you can bring
them close to the net by playing either down to their feet with a Chiquita so
they have to come forward for the volley and then you can quickly play over their
head or if they’ve hit a short volley and you move up the court and you’ve got
space you can play a faster lob because if you think about the trajectory that
lob if you hit the high lob it’s going to bounce up high bounce either off the
glass or the fence and they’ve got time to react but the
faster lob is a much lower lob that only just clears the opponents and it will
bounce off the back glass so you need to really make sure that your opponents are
quite close to the net in order to do that, you’re unlikely to play a fast lob
from the back of the court here because they have time to move back quickly and
get in position so you’re more I likely to play it from slightly further up the
court and this is a great way to get that net position because you need to
bring the opponent forward then quickly play over their head and because it’s
fast and they’re running back to catch it
they can’t be really aggressive off that back glass because it doesn’t have a high
enough bounce. This is a great example of forcing a short volley because he’s
hit down to the feet and then a nice fast lob over his head because there’s
space behind, this is a great way to take the net position with that fast lob.
There are a few factors to consider when you decide which lob to play it depends
on your opponents, it depends on the conditions, whether you’re outside, inside
the height of the roof, all of those things. So to begin with with your
opponents if they can hit an aggressive topspin smash off your high lob then you
need to change your tactic and to play one down to their feet and then to play
a fast lob for example, you want to put them out of their comfort zone. Now if
you’re playing outdoors and it’s windy and it’s difficult for you to be
accurate with that high lob you might choose to
play the faster lob to put them out of position, if you’re playing against
someone who’s tall or fast or doesn’t move very well then there’s going to be
different lobs that work in your favour so the best thing you can do is to
experiment in your games and early on in the match you can find out what your
opponents like and don’t like and also one of the most important things is to
practice this in your training, it really is important to practice the lob, what
normally happens is players are feeding bandejas like in the warm-up for a
match they feed the bandeja, which is obviously a short lob so your opponent
can practice and then they get into a match and they end up hitting short lobs the
whole match and they don’t really know why, so it’s important that if you do
have training or you are in your matches really practice getting some nice deep
lobs whether it’s the high one or the fast one. This point illustrates a
variety of lobs so the return played down is usually quite sensible option
and then here a fastest lob to try and go over but they’ve moved back hit a
bandeja which happens a lot of the time a bit of a higher lob to try and force
them back again they’re keeping the net position well, they hitting good bandejas and a fast lob over the top, again the player comes back and hits that bandeja which is good play, eventually we get that fast lob over the heads and
we’re able to come forward they’ve hit a nice high defensive lob and it’s meant
they were able to get that net position back straightaway and you can see here
how important the lob is and how many times it can be hit during a point!

3 Comments

  • Nour Abd elmoneim

    Very nice. Thank you for the informative video!!
    I am actually curious….You played and coached tennis for a long time I suppose, and now you coach and play Padel?
    I hope you make a video on how it happened? What did you feel? What made you take this decision! because I suppose it is a big decision…because tennis is a really nice game specially that you didn't only play, you also coached, which is a different story, so it was your career…. I know this happened to many tennis players, that they decide to play only Padel…I am always curious to hear their stories.. Wanna share yours?

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