Pickleball Strategy for Doubles – The Best Way to Cover the Lob || In2Pickle Pickleball 4.0

Pickleball Strategy for Doubles – The Best Way to Cover the Lob || In2Pickle Pickleball 4.0

Pickleball Strategy for Doubles – The Best Way to Cover the Lob || In2Pickle Pickleball 4.0

How are you covering lobs when playing pickleball?

Straight back? Question mark (this is an actual technique and not a joke – but it would be a decent one)? Or are you using the vaunted “X” coverage?

In this Pickleball Strategy for Doubles video, we share some lob coverage concepts with you and show you our preferred approach. At the end of the video, we show you two different pickleball shots you can hit once you are back and in position.
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Other videos referenced in the video
Centerline video: https://youtu.be/k_ZSQ6cToBA

Coach Simone’s lob coverage video: https://youtu.be/c6fusU4tyr4
This technique is workable. We believe the X cover is superior, but it does require partner cooperation. If you need to go back and get a lob over your head, then use the “?” technique shown in this video. There are also some other good points in this video about the height of the shot, etc. Check it out.

Good luck out there.
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  1. James Cowling on December 9, 2021 at 10:39 pm

    Again terrible advice! Cover your own lobs, thats what the pros do!

  2. Kevin Bacon on December 9, 2021 at 10:44 pm

    Tony, watching this again in the dark before golf n I have to comment.
    This example is showing easy lobs to your forehand. The problems come up with HIGH lobs directly over your head. That’s where I see
    " turn-run-bounce-hit" with the objective of just getting the ball back to keep rally going. I totally understand what you’re saying I just feel it’s easier if you’re defending low lobs to center court..
    Oops, tee time gotta go.

  3. Dale Voigt on December 9, 2021 at 10:46 pm

    One thing that that was not covered is where is the sun. One reason many players lob is that it puts the ball up in a position that is hard to see because of where the sun is. Many times the sun is more off to one side than the other. Sometimes one player can go back to get a lob with out the sun in their eyes while the other player would be looking into the sun. In these cases it is best for the player who would not be looking into the sun to cover the lob..

  4. Jorge Ferreiro on December 9, 2021 at 10:49 pm

    I was taught by Robert Elliott that the forehand covers deep lobs. So with two right handers the add court player covers all deep lobs. He then executes a third shot drop and his partner goes to the "T" area to cover soft shots following the drop. I use this all the time and it works well.

  5. Dale Voigt on December 9, 2021 at 10:49 pm

    The reason why Simone recommended the j approach, was because it required less steps.

  6. In2Pickle on December 9, 2021 at 10:52 pm

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  7. Kevin Bacon on December 9, 2021 at 11:05 pm

    I just helped a player with this the other day.
    She thought her partner should "automatically" get the lob over her head.
    I said "only if you’ve discussed it". In rec play few people bother to talk about strategy.
    I do NOT believe most players should back up to get balls lobbed over their heads. It’s an accident waiting to happen.
    Unless you’re much younger than me I always call for the lob return regardless of forehand or backhand.
    I trust my footwork and ability to get the ball back.
    If I’m playing with 20-30yr.olds, I tell them "you get everything"!!🙄😆

  8. Jamshed Zamaray on December 9, 2021 at 11:13 pm

    Confusing for right handed players

  9. A. Paul LeBarron II on December 9, 2021 at 11:15 pm

    IMHO can’t answer the question of who should take the lob without mentioning and considering if it’s the player’s forehand or backhand!

  10. A. Paul LeBarron II on December 9, 2021 at 11:30 pm

    Tony at 7:00 minutes you ask why not just have the player go cross court. I would argue because they may be forced to hit a backhand! In you’re video you’re a hitting a forehand but you’re a lefty! A lob takes away time and stresses the player why add more stress w/ having to hit a backhand?

  11. Joseph Sabadish on December 9, 2021 at 11:30 pm

    I am left handed like you. For a left handed player to go from playing from the even court to the odd court for a lob seems a lot easier. Going to the other side to cover a lob backhanded seems more difficult because you have to run further back or hit facing the baseline. Does handedness effect lobs that are sent to the back outside corners? Love the lob to lob return advice.