- A lofted shot that sends the ball high overhead and deep.
- Purpose: To catch the opponent off guard or force him/her back to the baseline (offensive). It can also be effective as a defensive shot to buy time to get into position for an offensive shot.
- Offensive: An unexpected lob from the NVZ line over your opponent at the NVZ line or as he/she is running to the net.
- Defensive: A lob from the baseline allowing the lobbing team time to move to the NVZ line. However, players must be aware that the opponent may return the lob with an overhead smash (see below). It might be safer to use a drop shot as an approach shot instead.
- From the baseline, take a backswing and contact the ball in front of the body with paddle face open to lift the ball and send it high, then follow through fully (paddle at least head high).
- The trajectory should carry the ball over the opponent’s outstretched paddle and land inbounds near the baseline.
- Lobbing over the opponent when dinking can create the advantage of surprise.
Pickleball Channel: The Secret of the Lob (Stephanie Lane)