Why You Can't Lob Serve (Well)

Why You Can't Lob Serve (Well)

Read what Jason Mannino, master of the lob serve, learned during his many years playing the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) and while teaching hundreds of students at racquetball camps across the country.  These 5 tips will improve your lob serve FAST.

1. Your serve comes off the back wall:
There are many reasons for this, one of which is snapping your wrist on the lob serve. Squeeze the racquet tight, which should tighten your wrist and enable you to control the ball more. Remember to do everything else the same as a normal forehand (pivot, follow through, etc).
2. My serve is too short:
You are likely hitting the ball too low on the front wall. The fix is simple – hit the ball higher.
3. My lob nick is not hitting the side wall:
IF your lob nick is not hitting the side wall, that means you’re hitting to ball too far back in your stance. Toss the ball a little more towards the front wall, which will force you to contact the ball in the front of your stance, which will help in hitting the side wall.  (For a righty, serving to the left side – reverse if you would like to hit to the right side) –
4. My lob Z comes into the middle of the court:
Same as #3! You will need to toss the ball even further in front of your body so that you have the appropriate angle.
5. I don’t know where to stand when hitting a lob serve:
I like standing a little off center, so that when I drop the ball I am able to contact it in the exact middle of the court. This made it easier for me to understand the angles, as they are the same for serves going to the left and the right.