Sometimes fit, young rec players hit what look to be 'amazing' shots. They hit the ball as hard as they can and it paints the line for a clean winner. The difference between recs and the pro's could be that the pro's hit these 'amazing' shots twice every game, while the rec player manages them twice a year... Or is the difference between recs and the pro's such that even these 'amazing shots' by the rec player are just infinitely inferior, even to a pro's average rally shot? We have no objective means of comparison (radar guns) on our courts, so if some good rec guy hits as hard as they can, it might be, like, a 20mph forehand, but the pro's can hit 100+mph forehands on average. The amazing, twice-a-year shot of the rec player goes at 20mph, but it only looks amazing because everyone else hits their shots at 2mph. However, the 'amazing' shot for the rec player is 5 times slower than the average rally shot of the pro player. And 10x slower than a hard shot from the pro. Same with spin, you may think you're putting every ounce of strength into creating vertical racket head speed, but your twice-a-year 'amazing topspin' shot would probably be about 30rpm, whilst the pro's can generate 4000rpm consistently. So what I'm getting at is that the pro's beat you on more than consistency. Even if you completely disregard consistency and try to hit just one single shot in your entire life as hard as a pro, your forehand would probably go at about 20mph and 30rpm, whereas a pro's forehand would be 140mph and 6000rpm, or seven times faster and spinning 200 times more than your best ever shot? Because even a fit young rec player, who, let's say even trains with weights and can squat double bw..etc..., just does not have the strength to hit anywhere even near the same as the pro's even once in their lifetime?