I'm not sure where I'm going with this exactly, but since I don't have a sports psychologist I'll raise the issue here. I'm a 3.0. This will be my second season at 3.0. Based on last season's results, the computer believes I stink. I lost all of my matches in Spring 2006. I've taken a boat-load of lessons, changed to a control racquet, played a lot and practice a lot, so I'm better now. I think it would take a miracle for me to win so convincingly at 3.0 this year that I make it to 3.5. My mixed results and combo results are better than my on-level results, but those won't help me. So I have at least one, probably two, seasons ahead of me at 3.0. The trouble is I'm starting not to like 3.0 play. It's not that my partners make errors, or we don't win. I make errors, and we win often enough. And my teammates are great ladies and friends. It is the style of play at 3.0 that is making me want to pull my hair out. The endless one-up, one-back. The pushing. The flat-out refusal to come to net. The camping in no-man's land. The poo-poohing of doubles strategy. I did a drill class a few weeks back, and I was put on a court where I was the weakest or maybe second-weakest player. My 3.5 partner that day was a tennis goddess. We talked about what we would do on each point. She loved to come in. She encouraged me to come in, even if I missed. She totally understood strategy. I had so much fun! What to do? I'm going to try to get on a 3.5 team, but I'll have to try out, and it's very hard to get on a 3.5 team as a 3.0 unless you're pals with someone. I was thinking of playing singles on the the theory that might be a faster route to 3.5, but it won't be if I lose. So. For the folks at the lower levels (or folks who were once at lower levels), did you ever feel like this? How long did it take you to move up a level, and what helped? Is 3.5 "the promised land?" Or is this likely a case of "be careful what you wish for" because I'd be unhappy at 3.5 too?