Originally Posted by Cindysphinx
FWIW, NTRPolice, I disagree that it is a bad idea to warn your partner of a short lob.
I have had partners explicitly ask me to warn them of short lobs. I give the warning if I think of it, and I appreciate it when they do it for me.
Yes, giving a warning runs the microscopic risk that some opponent someday might claim hindrance and claim the point. Failing to give a warning, however, risks that (1) your net player will be surprised by a short lob, and (2) that partner will dislike playing with you because you throw up short lobs but won't warn.
I think if we took a show of hands of how many people here have ever had an opponent claim hindrance if they say "Short" or "Watch it" or "Watch out" when they hit a short lob, very few people would say this happens.
I think it happens even less at the higher levels because players know that giving a warning is quite common.
I see this a lot in the lower levels and in Mixed, but I see it less often at the higher levels. But I don't understand why it is necessary to warn your partner of a short lob. If you are not looking back at your partner to see where they are hitting the ball, then it is like if you are at a baseball game and you are trying to see if a fly ball is going to be a home run. Watch the outfielder. Or in this case, watch the net person. If you see them running forward and winding up to hit an overhead, then you should probably protect yourself or turn around. You don't have to worry about the "fake double-play", or fake overhead, in tennis.