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Tip of the Day - Playing Lobbers

By Larry Hodges | Dec. 17, 2013, 9 a.m. (ET)

Xu Xin

Xu Xin (CHN) at the Liebherr 2013 Men's World Cup

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Playing Lobbers

Players lose way too many points against lobbers. Here are a few tips.

  1. Make sure to backswing backwards (or even slightly down at first) before raising your racket during your backswing. If you raise your racket right away, it can put you off balance, and you can’t really rotate properly into the smash.
  2. If the ball lands short on the table, try to smash it on the rise. Here’s your chance to sidespin smash at a wide angle. If the ball lands deep on the table, you probably have to take a step back, and smash it as it drops.
  3. If the lobber is well off the table, smash to the wide backhand; if the lobber is not too far off the table, smash to the middle, i.e. his playing elbow.
  4. Keep smashing even if you miss and lose now, you’ll get better and better smashing, and soon you’ll have little to fear!

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