What is a lob shot?
The lob shot is not a power shot. It is a high arching throw into the cage.
When is a lob shot most effective?
- When the shooter is on their strong side (left for right
- When the goalie has cut off all the angle and is clearly
covering the near side post (shooter's left side of the cage for right
- When there are shot blockers taking away the power shot
lob shot is sometimes seen when time on the clock is almost expired and the
cage is a bit out of comfortable power shot range.
Who can make a lob shot?
Every player should work on this skill. Any player on the team may attempt
this during a game but it must be one of many shots in your toolkit. A
goalie who expects a lob will cheat off to the side to make it more
possible for him to intercept it.
How do you make a lob shot?
To set up the lob, the shooter must be in a position that the goalie will
move completely to the near side of the cage to cut off your angle. Once
the goalie has created an opening in the rear corner, the opportunity is
created. Throw the ball in a high arch that goes over all the defenders and
into the goal. The more acute the angle of the ball dropping into the cage,
the more difficult it is to block. To be more effective, the lob shot may
be sold as a power shot by offering up a good fake towards the near side of
When should you not use a lob shot?
There are many circumstances that another pass is a better play than a
shot. Here are a few examples: the goalie is in the middle of the cage,
six on five situation, there is another player in better position to score.
In short, everyone may have this skill but be judicious in its application.
How do you defend against the lob shots?
The main drawback of the lob shot is that the speed is such that it is
sometimes possible to predict its path. The only ways to defend against it
are to anticipate the shot and intercept it near the goal or block the arm
of the shooter. A lob shot is easily foiled by interference with the
shooters arm as it is not a power shot.