Originally Posted by OrangePower
I think there are in fact very very few occasions where anyone should be calling "got it".
Ball coming down the middle when two players are at net: Really no time to call for it in this situation. Player in front and/or with better angle always goes for it. This is a matter of feel not communication.
Lobs: Player being lobbed should either go for it (and keep quiet), or else call for help ("help" or "yours").
"Got it" makes sense in rare situations where for example both are back and opponent hits a drop volley short in the middle of the court. First player to react will call for it.
Hmmm. I kind of thought that calling "Mine" or suchlike was good practice. It tells the partner that you are large and in charge and are going to hit a confident shot (remember, I'm not supposed to be looking at you). If I hear "Mine," then I know we have resolved the issue of who will play the ball and I can focus on other matters.
Also, the pro we use is a fan of calling "Mine" even if there's not much question that you are going to poach. The reason is psychological. He says you volley more confidently and aggressively when you have "claimed" the ball. I think there may be something to this. Still, I am way more likely to say "Switch" or "you" than "mine."