To execute the lob in table tennis you need
to have a stroke that is very similar to your top spin stroke. So with both the forehand
and backhand you are starting low and finishing high. With the lob what you want to do is
brush the ball up and get the ball high up into the air to give yourself a little bit
more time. The contact is like the top spin brushing the ball a little bit to get a bit
of top spin on the ball. Where you want to place the ball when your lobbing tactically
it’s really important that you get the ball nice and long and deep on the table. If you
get the ball short and close to the net it makes for a very easy smash for your opponent.
So you want to get the ball nice and deep and close to the ends of the table. The other
thing is you want to try generate as much top spin as you can because the top spin makes
the ball kick off the table and forces the smasher back away from the table. That’s where
you want them away from the table so that you have more time with your lob. So with
the lob get some top spin on the ball the stroke is very much like a top spin stroke
with the back hand and your starting low and finishing up high with a very vertical swing
to lift the ball in the air. Remember tactically get the ball deep on the table and try and
generate lots of top spin on the ball. To push your smasher away from the table.