I've been playing tennis for years. I consider myself a solid 3.5 player and have won some matches at 4.0, however, I still consider myself a pretty poor player. An understanding of basic ground strokes just escapes me. I have to employ sort of what I consider to be gimmicks in my strokes to gain consistency, and although I can do it to win, I'm not seeing any improvement and I know I'm not hitting the ball the way so many others I can. I get incredibly jealous watching two players just go out and leisurely hit ground strokes who can seemingly hit it to each other all day long. They aren't trying winners. It is just like what you might see before a Pro match where they are warming up. If I ever felt like I could get to that level I would be thrilled, forget volleys, forget serves, if I could just have that I would feel like I accomplished something. So for you guys and gals out there who feel like they are already at this level or perhaps moved well beyond it, what is your story? Where do you feel like you gained the bulk of your talent just to be able to rally at a very solid level with a partner? I know it might seem like an odd question, but I've got to believe this comes from learning solid fundamentals, but then again who knows (I certainly don't). Maybe it simply comes from years of practice. Maybe it was a Pro or a Coach that helped you move from just wacking at the ball to actually a level where leisurely ground strokes just come natural. Maybe some might say all the above. The reason I'm asking is because I feel like I've tried everything to get to a point where I can just leisurely hit ground strokes, but now I feel like I'm as far away as ever. I'm curious to hear what path others might have taken to reach this level. I'm sure it varies, but I'm wondering whether there are any common threads. Thanks for any input.