Played offensively, the ball is hit with a lower trajectory (but still much higher than most other shots), but with very heavy topspin, causing the ball to kick forward when it hits the table, and making it harder for the opponent to control. The offensive lobber is trying to draw either a direct mistake or a softer, controlling stroke from his opponent, so that he can then move back towards the table and counterattack with a loop or smash of his own.
Points to look for:
- This stroke is played well away from the table, since you preferably want the ball to be falling from its peak height, at which time the pace and spin on the ball will be slowed considerably, and the ball is easier to control.
- The feet are fairly square to the line of play, allowing the player to move in either direction quickly.
- Most of the weight is equally distributed on the balls of both feet to allow quicker movement. Too much weight on the heels will slow down movement, and too much weight on the toes will affect balance.
- The knees are bent and the feet are around one and a half times shoulder width apart.
- The arms are held roughly shoulder width apart, with around a 90 degree angle at the elbow.
- Shuffle stepping is preferable, but due to the wide amount of ground to cover, you may need to use crossover footwork to reach the ball.