I was playing doubles yesterday and on my serve on the deuce point, my partner comes back and tells me that he's going to "poach". (so it's a planned poach) I hit a kick serve nearly right down the T to my opponent's backhand and way before he has to even think about swinging at it, my partner runs clear way across to the other side. So opponent's return ends up going over the center strap, and I really feel that he saw my partner leave and that's why he went for that shot rather then going down the line. If I had left when my partner left for the other side of the court, I would of missed that shot completely because both myself and my partner are moving away from where the ball is going. I actually left much later then my partner though but still managed to move far enough to my left that the ball was behind me so I had to turn around and take a last minute stab at it (I mishit it). So anyway my question is, if you are the net player and you are planning on poaching is it really reasonable that you will move so quickly that any ball down the CENTER is going to get missed by you? It seems to me that if that happens it's a good indicator that my partner A) left too early and B) neglected to read the shot and/or C) didnt split step on his way across. Let me know what you think?