Originally Posted by beernutz
I'm not arguing that planning poaching with signals isn't effective, it just hasn't been effective for me whereas situational poaching (and a lot of fake poaching) has been very effective. The reasons it hasn't worked well with me are that I can't get cooperative partners who can or will:
* consistently serve down the T or at least to the body when a poach is signalled
* cover behind me effectively
* endeavor to get their first serve in a high percentage of the time
Planned poaching with signals I'm sure would be very effective with the right partner, I'm just still looking for him.
Originally Posted by burosky
Maybe it's just me but when I play social doubles and my partner starts talking about signals I just politely remind them to chill.
I agree with both of these. I would like to find a partner that would be willing and able to use signals. But I really only find it necessary for competitive play instead of in social tennis situations.