This shot would normally be played from the forecourt in an underarm action. The aim is to lift or 'lob' the shuttle over your opponent and aim to make the shuttle land as near to the baseline as possible without hitting it out.

 

How: This shot is much the same as the forehand lob in that players still need to reach out with the dominant foot. The main difference is that the shot is played with the thumb grip. Racket preparation involves drawing the racket back so that the back of the hand is facing towards the ground and the arm bend at the elbow and wrist cocked. The players will straighten the arm on impact with the shuttle and follow through upwards and toward the intended target. Recover back with the dominant foot first and go back to the mid-court.

The lob can be played very high and deep as a purely defensive shot but it also can be played as a building shot when it is taken earlier (higher up the net) and this shot would be played with only just enough height to get beyond your opponents reach.

 

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