Originally Posted by Up&comer
Interesting. You start to notice what separates a 4.5 and a 5.0 is consistency.
My experience is a bit different. I played a lot competitively as a 4.5. When I played 5.0's, the thing that always got me was the weight of shot, that and the added pop or kick on serves. I would find myself getting pushed around as points unfolded.
Of course, I am an oldtimer and had consistency drilled into me. Now, every 4.5 is probably trying to hit the cover off the ball. When they learn to keep it in play most of the time, they become 5.0's.