How far can movement get you?

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  1. will3689

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    So my question is if a guy had the skills of an average 3.0 player but had the footwork and movement of a top pro what level do you think they could play at?
     
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  2. BlueB

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    This is a very hypothetical question... I can't imagine technique of a 3.0 with footwork/movement of a pro. At the best, an athletic person could have the speed of a pro, but not refined footwork...

    When I came back to tennis after 2+ decades, club placed me into 2.0 class (probably under rated). I had tremendous speed, for a 40+ old guy. On the club ladder, I've beaten all the 2.5s at 1 or 0. I took 4 games in a set of a 3.5 women.
    Next year, when I got promoted to 3.0, I've beaten most of the 3.5s and took a 4.0 into a tie break (mind you, in the next match the same guy just destroyed me).
    So, yes, speed combined with a decent SERVE, can take you 0.5 to 1 levels up.
     
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  3. tennismonkey

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    yeah kinda interesting idea. i think a 3.0 can have amazing footspeed and agility (maybe someone who played collegiate or pro soccer or the like) but i think footwork in tennis is sorta specific to tennis.

    so more likely someone who is speedy gonzalez on the court and can get to every single ball but not necessarily in the best position (footwork) to hit great shots.
     
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  4. shazbot

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    I think will3689 and Aurellian are the same person lol.

    "Can a 3.0 with a Nadal forehand beat a 4.0?!?!"

    "Can a 3.0 with the footwork of Federer beat a 4.0?!?!?"

    "I'm a 3.0 and I win matches against 4.0s 36% of the time, I'm the most amazing 3.0 ever"
     
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  5. hray4clay

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    think of how many titles Sharapova would have if she could move.
     
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  6. TennisCJC

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    Difficult to answer the way you phrased the question. My opinion is a very good 3.0 with semi-decent technique would improve .5 to 3.5 if he had outstanding footwork.

    Federer once said that he improved his footwork and speed and discovered he had all these shots he didn't have before. I interpret this as there are a lot more options if you are in position as opposed to scampering to just get it back.
     
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  7. TennisCJC

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    Going up 2 levels would be a stretch. A really quick 3.0 would still have holes in their game and a 4.0 would be able to exploit the holes. It doesn't matter how fast you are if you have a technical deficiency and a player 2 levels above you in technique could probably find those deficiencies.
     
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  8. LeeD

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    World's quickest 3.0 would surely lose consisently to a solid 4.0. 4.0 can hit balls where nobody can reach, if he chooses to use the whole court.
    3.0 can't hit shots to trouble the 4.0, so 4.0 has a field day, if he wants to concentrate and hit close to the alleys on all shots. Lots of points the 4.0 loses will be because he's laughing so much, making the 3.0 run. But he'll win enough to prevail in each and every set that he cares about.
     
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  9. goober

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    A superfast and athletic with 3.0 technique that blocked everything back might be able to beat some 4.0s that are inconsistent power type players.
     
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  10. LeeD

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    Question becomes, is a 3.0 stroke powered by the quickest, fastest, best endurance player really a 3.0?
    Or is he a low 4.0?
     
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