Coach Chad | How to Return Lobs

Coach Chad | How to Return Lobs

Simone Jardim and Chad Edwards work with Eddie and the best way to return lob shots. Here are some great tips, techniques and drills to improve your ability to return lobs.


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  1. Mara Fallon on May 8, 2021 at 11:53 pm

    so helpful thank keep the tips coming

  2. cindy sayavong on May 8, 2021 at 11:53 pm

    I’m so happy to see this because most of the time I will try to jump up . Thank you.

  3. Lucy Mejias on May 8, 2021 at 11:55 pm

    Great video! I’ll definitely try this tips. Keep them coming! And thank you for sharing.

  4. Steve Boswell on May 8, 2021 at 11:56 pm

    Love this video. I’ve been trying to find a good video on court positioning and movement for doubles players but am coming up short. Can you think about doing a video to break it all down for us on that subject? Would like to share something on that topic to the player group I’m in. Thanks for considering.

  5. Bill S on May 8, 2021 at 11:58 pm

    Simone & Chad, I’m 67 tore and had meniscus surgery on rt knee now looking at left knee surgery. How to turn without twisting the knee joint?

  6. badmiyagi .s on May 8, 2021 at 11:58 pm

    It’s basically using proper technique w/safety and economics in mind. Efficient steps (none wasted) turning like a swing gate. Running back in a forward motion (avoid backing up) around the ball and executing the shot.

  7. S & the C on May 9, 2021 at 12:00 am

    Great video, love the way you broke down all the different aspects and showed both the right and wrong ways to retrieve.

  8. Th Ballard on May 9, 2021 at 12:00 am

    This was one of the best videos I’ve seen on covering the lob. Talking while playing, even with the mic acting up, made for a great demonstration.

  9. Don Geo on May 9, 2021 at 12:02 am

    The most important for me is to pickup the ball early off the opponents paddle. This allows me to move to where the ball is going to be, so I can hit the overhead. I have found if I watch the ball go over my head its too late, gonna be a weak reply, so why waste the energy, good shot.

  10. djbradshaw247 on May 9, 2021 at 12:02 am

    your channel is off to a tremendous start. Great videos! I love that you are covering so many different aspects of a single technique. talking about and showing footwork, paddle face placement, arm length, ball height, power…etc. is so great. Not many other channels are teaching with this kind of quality and depth. It really does feel like we are getting some 1on1 instruction. As a new and younger player these videos have been extremely helpful for me and in turn i try and pass the knowledge on to my fiance for when we play in our rec league. We are all about having fun but at the same time we are trying to get better and your videos are helping us get there.

  11. Ubaid Razi on May 9, 2021 at 12:04 am

    Some lobs are deeper and higher, so adjust your balance and approach….

  12. Donald Schlack on May 9, 2021 at 12:04 am

    Unfortunately I have two bad hips so I can’t perform that first step of opening up the hip. I’m thinking I need to raise my heel on my stationary foot (get on the ball of that foot), so that I can pivot safely when swinging the gate open, without injuring my hip.

  13. Jim Buckley on May 9, 2021 at 12:05 am

    As a stroke survivor, this footwork drill will keep me from further scarring my arm going after lobs. In past I have not taken that 1st step properly. In the past I would I would spin and start running and after 2 steps and down I would go. It became so bad that I quit going after lobs. So thank you for drill and I will try it tomorrow.

  14. Ann Mudge on May 9, 2021 at 12:08 am

    This is so good. Thank you for tackling one technique at a time rather than 8-10 that end up running together, especially if you are a beginner. Rules are easier to remember, techniques, not so much..

  15. Savry Castiglioni on May 9, 2021 at 12:09 am

    Thanks you

  16. Janet Abraham on May 9, 2021 at 12:09 am

    G R E A T ! !

  17. Brody Slade on May 9, 2021 at 12:11 am

    Please use a wind screen on microphone to avoid distorting the audio signal.

  18. Samuel Callan on May 9, 2021 at 12:12 am

    Did I miss why she does not like the switch?

  19. ron robillard on May 9, 2021 at 12:13 am

    How long does the explanation repeat itself before an example. This is why we don’t subscribe and turn your video off.

  20. Kevin Dallas on May 9, 2021 at 12:16 am

    Great video! A bit surprising for me. I can get to the lobs easily, so I was more concerned about what shot to hit back. I would have thought 1) drop 2) drive and 3 lob. I kind of see the logic of preferring a lob to a drive, but I’m not so good at lobs, so I have preferred to drive, but maybe I’ll try it now.. The drop is definitely best, though. Thanks!

  21. BL Borto on May 9, 2021 at 12:16 am

    “Shape of a question mark”! Perfect visual advice. Learned a lot from this help video. Was doing it wrong all the time by bad advice. No wonder lobs have always been trouble haha. Thank you!

  22. Lulu N on May 9, 2021 at 12:16 am

    What a great lesson on foot work . Will try.

  23. Lulu N on May 9, 2021 at 12:17 am

    Simone, what Pickleball shoes are your favorite?

  24. Kaden Drozd on May 9, 2021 at 12:19 am

    Thank you so much for this video I lose a lot of points to lobs because I didn’t know how to return them thank a lot I will try this next time

  25. Debbie Burrows on May 9, 2021 at 12:19 am

    This demonstration was so helpful. I can’t wait to practice my lob returns!! Thank you!

  26. Mervat Ameen on May 9, 2021 at 12:21 am

    Great video! Best way to learn how to get a lob. Thank you so much!

  27. Gayle Wilson on May 9, 2021 at 12:23 am

    Is Chad an Aussie?

  28. Are Gee on May 9, 2021 at 12:23 am

    The most helpful and educational video on how to return lobs I have ever seen. Thank you Simone.

  29. Matthias Rom on May 9, 2021 at 12:25 am

    Great video. Thanks. Would sure like to see Simone execute a variety of lob returns including drives and smashes instead of watching a student execute lesser returns.

  30. Haitung ying on May 9, 2021 at 12:25 am

    How about lob over your left shoulder?

  31. Warren Condon on May 9, 2021 at 12:29 am

    Great video. Would be nice to see your recommendation for the partner’s movement. Are there situations where the partner should take the lob while the other partner shifts sides?

  32. Stews Replay on May 9, 2021 at 12:31 am

    Simone is beautiful and great instructor!!
    Clearly presented!! and WHY we do the things we do.

  33. Michel Biedermann on May 9, 2021 at 12:33 am

    Good video – Would have liked to see more time on what to do with the ball. Third shot? To whom? Return a lob with a lob? Opposite side with a longer shot? Same side with a short lob? Return a lob as if I was serving? What’s one to do? Thanks for your good work.

  34. Tim Scarrow on May 9, 2021 at 12:33 am

    Great video! I would add a point right at the beginning of the process to decide if you can attack it before it gets over/past you. If not, then continue on with the steps. Also, anticipating the lob can help you be ready to attack it or chase it down; see if your opponent shows signs that they are about to lob.

  35. kim leith on May 9, 2021 at 12:38 am

    I’ll be trying to set up my PB Tutor to shoot lobs next for sure.

  36. Pacific222 on May 9, 2021 at 12:38 am

    Very useful tips, thank you. Would be nice if the critical video areas were in slower motion. Also, some camera switches were at those critical times, which made watching a challenge. Overall, very good.

  37. atoka on May 9, 2021 at 12:38 am

    Best Pickleball video lesson ever! Thanks Simone!

  38. Susan Morton on May 9, 2021 at 12:38 am

    These videos are so great at breaking down the elements . . . perfect visual demonstrations and I love Chad’s accent! Love this teaching team!

  39. Hector Lugo on May 9, 2021 at 12:39 am

    Great infomation

  40. Matt MacDonald on May 9, 2021 at 12:39 am

    Great explanation and tutorial Chad and Simone! Would love any feedback on an in-game example from my tracking down a lob from one of my fun rec play games here:

  41. opunuiohana on May 9, 2021 at 12:39 am

    Just what I was looking for to help me on lob returns – Merci Beaucoup Simone et Chad!!

  42. Bobbie Telleria on May 9, 2021 at 12:40 am

    I love the use of your colored disks. It really helps me visualize the strategy.

  43. Debby B on May 9, 2021 at 12:41 am

    Thank you for the great advice ❤️ this video was so helpful. Cheers

  44. Nancy Jensen on May 9, 2021 at 12:41 am

    Lots of good info with a careful & progressive breakdown of the fundamentals.
    I’m suggesting you also consider these ideas gleaned from a 1970’s coaching clinic applying pro track skills to efficient movements in tennis.
    1. You first transfer weight to the left foot as you rotate it so you can pick up the right foot.
    2. The right foot executes a drop step. This should be a short step because you need to drive hard off this step to start your run.
    3. Your head & chest should be inclined down & forward over the right knee as you push off.
    4. At the same time, your right arm & paddle should be driving back hard on this first step to help add power to your run’s initial acceleration step.
    (Attempting to simulate the natural arm pumping motion of coming out of the running blocks)
    5. Your next steps will begin to elongate and as you find your stride
    6. You strive to arrive back behind where the ball will bounce, stop, and then rotate & transfer your weight forward into the stroke. The paddle should already be back and ready to hit.

  45. durdica mac on May 9, 2021 at 12:41 am

    How about…turn, run get the ball…and you save 16:22 of your life.

  46. Robert Pumphrey on May 9, 2021 at 12:42 am

    Great video and I am leader of a practice group for Pickleball and I would agree this skill is quite dangerous. I like the visual aids or the "snappeys" and I am curious where I can purchase those items please? Thanks.

  47. Rocke Robertson on May 9, 2021 at 12:42 am

    Are you allowed to step on the kitchen line? How far in do you have to be to have a kitchen "fault" ?

  48. Pilotgolfer 84 on May 9, 2021 at 12:48 am

    Only a sport played predominantly by old people would need a tutorial on how to turn around and run

  49. Gregg White on May 9, 2021 at 12:48 am

    Fantastic as always!