I finally found a hitting and match partner that is pretty much even with me. Our victories are split, but I notice an insidious pattern that is making my lose my mind. We are both 3.5, in the upper reaches, for the most part. In each set, I usually lead, and three times so far, I have been up 5-1, and then lose miserably. Last night, I was up 5-1 (which is the pattern I spoke of) as usual, and my opponent won the next 4 games to make it 5-5. This happens because I start to lose my touch, and although I place balls well out of reach, dtl or wherever, they are "just" out, 3-5 inches, and I this is how I lose. I must have hit balls 3 inches out 20 times. We got to 6-6, and I became so upset with myself, although I tried to shake it off, he won the TB by three points. When I win, it's usually 6-1; when I lose it's been 6-6, or 7-5. it's not like I am not trying, or that I give up. What do you make of this? I am ready to impale myself on a fence. Just kidding.