I had a question about service judging at professional events that's bothering me a bit. First, some disclaimers, I've never done any service judging myself, and I'm basing my opinions only on matches I've watched in videos, not in person. It appears to me that quite a few doubles players have illegal serves. If I remember the approximate wording of the rule, the shuttle had to be struck below the waist, and the racket head had to be below the service hand. Also, I believe that there was a recent rule amendment to define the waist as the lowest point of the rib cage, which in my opinion is both wrong and not clear in any event. I'd be happy with someone correcting me on the rules as to what constitutes a legal serve. Anyway, the first player that comes to mind is Yap Kim Hock (Cheah Soon Kit's old partner). Based on the videos I've seen, I don't believe he hit a single legal serve in his life, with the shuttle usually being struck somewhere around the level of the middle of his chest. I think he was being given some leeway since he was so short that it didn't constitute an advantage. Among players nowadays, Lee Yong Dae seems to always be doing an illegal serve. In the last match I watched, it wasn't even close and he was only called for one service fault. I should note that he's not the only one, and that illegal (too high) serves seem to be fairly prevalent among today's professional doubles players. The thing is, consistently doing an illegal serve and getting away with it can be a large advantage in doubles, considering how important the serve and return is in getting the attack. So am I just mistaken in my interpretation, or has anybody else noticed this trend among professional doubles players?