Chalk it up to talent, LOL. Seriously, though, they're so good at what they do, long nails don't bother them. Me, I wore SHORT artificial nails (press ons) for about 2 days and got tired of them. Kept popping off when I zipped up my pants or folded laundry. I couldn't imagine doing bars with them, but, again, one of the many skills these ladies have.
We’ve had the same conversations in our house! DD (newly 15) wanted tips and gel but I hesitated because I imagined them ripping off when she was doing g bar releases! She went for it anyway and had no issues but did say catching a Maloney is different with them than say a jaeger or ray. I guess gripping from under versus top made a difference for her?