Pickleball Lob-Should You Use It or Lose It?

Pickleball Lob-Should You Use It or Lose It?

Should you use the pickleball lob? Lobbing in pickleball can be used to win points. There are two types of pickleball lobs, the offensive lob, and the defensive lob. You’ll learn an effective pickleball lob strategy and how to use pickleball lobs to your advantage.

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  1. Jan Porterfield on January 4, 2022 at 12:39 am

    Yes, offensively, or when I’m in trouble. Better against old ladies like me, than young, tall people.

  2. rich knieling on January 4, 2022 at 12:42 am

    I use the lob to get players off the net but you have to pick the right to do it!!!

  3. Ro Gal on January 4, 2022 at 12:44 am

    Absolutely YES, and not just a defensive shot but an offensive shot as too. Learned the lob in tennis and found it also effective in pickleball too. Key element for me is to use a lot of top in order to make the ball go deep, stay within bounds and then kick out.

  4. Better Pickleball on January 4, 2022 at 12:44 am

    Do you hit lobs? Yes or No?Bonus points for telling us if they are defensive or offensive lobs.

  5. Dominomarie Cat on January 4, 2022 at 12:46 am

    Not yet, but working on it

  6. Tito Z on January 4, 2022 at 12:50 am

    Yes, especially while dinking and I see my opponent (s) are in a low wide stance

  7. Elaine Nilsson on January 4, 2022 at 1:04 am

    NO…unless I think I can get it over their head at the kitchen.

  8. Keanu Noga on January 4, 2022 at 1:06 am

    Yes…offensively and defensively – practicing and employing your lob is an effective strategy against the right opponent

  9. Aloha Leslie on January 4, 2022 at 1:06 am

    Aloha CJ! Thanks so much! These are wonderful teaching videos on the LOB! I have a decent lob. Where I find difficulty is when I’m on the right side of the court (facing the net), and our opponent lobs over my partner, who can’t get it, fails to communicate for me to get it, and then I’m in an awkward position to retrieve it. Even if I know I have to cover those lobs, they’re not as comfortable to move to and then execute a decent return than those where I’m moving from left to right. Maybe you could do a video on retrieving lobs. Thanks again!!!!

  10. Coleen Hill on January 4, 2022 at 1:07 am


  11. Jim H. on January 4, 2022 at 1:08 am

    I rarely lob but I play against an 80 year old guy who lobs very effectively. He has a knack for lobbing you as you’re rushing toward the net, which makes it more challenging to stop that forward momentum, turn around and head back to return that lob. He also lobs just high enough to keep it out of paddle reach, which shortens the time the ball is in the air, reducing time to defend against it. He’s got it wired. I also play against a 5.0 player who has mastered the offensive lob at the net. That’s the lob I’d like to add to my arsenal.

  12. Palemedes on January 4, 2022 at 1:20 am

    Yes, i like to lob.

  13. Randy de Jong on January 4, 2022 at 1:22 am

    Yes, just have to pay attention to eo where I aim it and the reach of my opponent. Need to improve my defensive lob.

  14. James Crane on January 4, 2022 at 1:23 am

    yes, for me playing at the intermediate level, the lob needs to be apart of my game along with all the other shots. I have learned not to use it against tall lanky players because It is just too hard to get it right, but on shorter players it is like a change up in baseball.
    When I am moving to one side to pick up a cross court shot, instead of bringing it back to the middle and getting it slammed down my throat, I am trying to hit a softer lob back as per the advice of CJ Johnson.

    I have watched others and myself even use it as a serve with some pretty good results as an offensive strategy. As I get better I may change my mind. We will see. Thanks again for the video. I will be taking a lesson from Dominic Catalano next week

  15. Ruby Mae Jewelry on January 4, 2022 at 1:23 am

    Kudos to those who get the occasional well placed lob. I find it annoying when opponents do it every chance they get.

  16. William Fleming on January 4, 2022 at 1:25 am

    Seldom hit lobs, mostly when running down a good lob behind my partner.

  17. Ralph Parker on January 4, 2022 at 1:29 am

    Yes, absolutely, Lobbing during the dinking game is a very offensive shot. Though a very dangerous shot (second to the third shot drop) in that poorly executed will bounce out or be hammered back at you.

  18. Alan Oliver on January 4, 2022 at 1:29 am

    Yes work well for non mobile players or to use a change of pace.

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