Originally Posted by Fuji
Have to ask here since our ratings are different...
What's the key difference from your 7.5 doubles to the 8.5 doubles? Is it an absolutely huge difference, or is it something that you can realistically play at a decent level? My vote is to always play up if possible of course!
Well ... in 7.5 doubles the 4.0 player is controlling the court and you attempt to pick on the 3.5 player.
Contrast that with 8.5 combo and now you are trying to pick on the 4.0 guy and avoid the 4.5 player.
Basically this is like if you swapped out two intermediate tennis players (3.5, reasonably athletic but started playing tennis at 30) and substituted them with two advanced players (4.5, current 40 year old who played division 2 college).
Introducing that much skill difference changes the game a lot.