So, I'm kind of new to this forum, just bought my first stringer, etc. I learned to play by getting my ass kicked around the court by a 4.0/4.5 player in my late teens and early twenties who needed a backboard (I wasn't it , lol), and studying pro players strokes and footwork on tv, before high def and dvr's. He offered no advise other than what I learned by getting my butt kicked. I quickly progressed from someone that had never hit a tennis ball to a solid 3.5 player. I have played as high as a 4.0 and played up to a 4.5 in non-sanctioned tourneys. I also had to learn how to play coming from FL and moving to CO, quite a transition! I am not a "slapper", and I feel my strokes are grooved and at least somewhat traditional, at least for being a person who has never had a lesson. After blowing up my shoulder in a USTA 3.5 local tourney, I'm ready to get started again, and was wondering if there would be any benefit from taking lessons? Now in my early 40s I feel it might be too late to obtain my goal of being a 5.0 player.