Originally Posted by tennismonkey
i wasn't sure if this video was indicative of most ladies dubs. in this video anyway the lob seems to be devastating and volleys while mostly consistent - lack pace and placement. lots of volleys hit but very few volley winners or volleys that forced errors.
That video looked a lot like the 3.5 and 4.0 women's doubles I see regularly at my club. I label it as passive doubles as it is rare that all four ladies are at or inside the service line during the point. Instead the entire point is often played one up and one back on each side and less than half of the points are ended with a volley and very few are ended with an overhead.
Contrast that to the better men's 3.5 doubles teams and just about any men's 4.0 doubles I've played where within one to three shots all four players have moved to or inside the service line, there are frequent poaching attempts, and there is a lot of back-and-forth volleying and half-volleying going on with the occasional offensive or defensive lob thrown in.