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    Originally posted by Wednesday
    Since I'm not all that good at it anyway, perhaps I should just stick to playing for the love of the game and keeping the comments and questions to myself!!
    Come on, don't be shy, keep writing your comments and questions

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    Thanks, Yong, you're really kind ... But I hope one day to grow up and be a real player (and I'm already too old!! HA HA HA HA HA). I really am in awe of the people who know loads about the game - but I find that I just don't have the time to learn ALL the rules about the game.

    I'll keep up the pretention that I can play though, and in any event, nothing will keep me from loving the sport ...

    Thanks once again

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    I have heard that before you had to declare the service receiver at the beggining of a doubles match, it was a legal trick for both players to stand in the receiving box and whomever the shuttle went to they could play the shot making it harder for the serving teams next shot. Unfortunately the laws changed and that is no longer possible.

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    When we are the receiving team in doubles, when our partner is the one being served to, I think most of us straddle the center line (i.e., one foot on each side) about 1-2 ft. in front of the T. This is based on the assumption that the partner will make some kind of aggressive shot and stay at the net. If you have a partner who lifts to the back all the time, you may position yourself on the other half, already in a defensive position. The point is, the receiver's partner should position him/herself in the best position for the return, so I just can't see any benefit for both players to stand on the same side.

    I have seen some unorthodox things, though. I've seen mens' and ladies' doubles teams where one player was so much better in the back and the other was so much better at the net that they played mixed style. I've even seen matches involving kids where two players were assigned together, but their levels of skill were so disparate that, for the sake of winning, the better player had the partner only play the serve and then basically stay out of the way, playing one-on-two during the rally.

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    Originally posted by Californian
    When we are the receiving team in doubles, when our partner is the one being served to, I think most of us straddle the center line (i.e., one foot on each side) about 1-2 ft. in front of the T.
    I thought that this is mostly used when your partner is serving. If your
    partner is receiving, you would want to stand on your side, very close
    (almost next to) the center line, but with your non-racket foot forward.

    This stance, I think, serves two purposes:
    1. If your partner is flicked served, you'd not get in your partner's way,
    as the reaction time is short.
    2. You're in a position, ready to rush into the net, should your be flick or
    high served. This rotation needs to happen instantaneous in order for
    your side to maintain attack.

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    Originally posted by raymond


    I thought that this is mostly used when your partner is serving. If your
    partner is receiving, you would want to stand on your side, very close
    (almost next to) the center line, but with your non-racket foot forward.

    This stance, I think, serves two purposes:
    1. If your partner is flicked served, you'd not get in your partner's way,
    as the reaction time is short.
    2. You're in a position, ready to rush into the net, should your be flick or
    high served. This rotation needs to happen instantaneous in order for
    your side to maintain attack.
    I see your point. I'll try that next time and see how it works for me.

    I guess I should be more careful when speaking for others.

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