I figured I'd tell you guys a little story of how tough it's been to progress in this game. I'll admit it, I was incredibly and totally unprepared for how difficult a move from 3.0 to 3.5 was. All those years, I played matches, win or lose, the same exact way, and you saw that on that video I took. No footwork, tap the ball over, no grip, no anything. All I did all those years was chase the ball over and over, and people made mistakes. It wore people out, but once I played people that had a real grip on the game, I was screwed. I had to learn the game. I'm learning now, but boy it's been an insanely and mind-blowingly slow progression. I've played I'd say 60-70 matches in that time, I would guess, and MAYBE won 10, if that. First 8-9 matches in the 3.5 area, I got maybe two games total. Ate more bagels than a New Yorker. First win was a 3.5/4.0 woman, and that was three sets. But you know something...I've stopped getting really really pissed and started paying attention to what I'm doing wrong in my matches. Play my buddy Christoph all the time, and I'll have days he triple bagels me, and other days I'll get a few games. Couple times I've lost in a tiebreak. Still never beaten him, but I'm not paying attention to that. I'm just noticing a few things. 1. It's amazing how many stars have to align just right to get the perfect shot. Racket head in right spot, footwork in right position, everything. Running passing shots are so tough because you can overrun the ball and not get a good shot off, and you hit it wide or out. 2. I love the slice...hooked on the slice backhand. Problem is that I get too reliant on it and try to do slice dropshots too often, which kills my momentum when I'm starting to get on a roll and I miss. Still looks sweet when they go over though. 3. I equate learning how to serve like learning how to putt. The single most frustrating game maker or game breaker you'll ever get. It's taken me a year to FINALLY position the ball and not just hit the ball over, and I still win more games on break points than I do my own serve. 4. A funny thing happens on some of my backhands. I'll be changing the grip to prepare for it, and once in a while(not too often) I'll be stuck between grips, like the racket head won't move any farther and I'll shank it. Doesn't happen often, but I'm wondering if that's a me problem or grip problem. I'll tell you guys something. This whole thing has been the best thing for me. I assure you that my stories weren't made up, but I did something I shouldn't have done...I lived in the past, and I was never playing to any big level. Being humiliated motivated me to really learn this game, even when I had to leave here for a while. It'll take a while longer, but I'll get the hang of all this. It just feels good to play a real game for once. By the way, I HOPE to find someone to record a hitting session sometime for you guys to critique. I thought I'd be able to do it sooner, but probably for the best that I didn't till now.