Originally Posted by LeeD
Not that everything you say is invalid, but lots are based on ASSUMPTIONS.
I've seen the strokes. Good form, very slow rackethead speed, very conservative movement, just novice stuff if we consider tennis goes from 3.0 all the way to 7.0.
Operative words, YOU have not seen his strokes.
Fair enough -- but I have read much of this thread and I have a feeling...but, you are right, it's just a feeling...
And, to be fair, a solid 3.5 is hardly a "novice" given that 5.0 to 7.0 are many standard deviations above the mean, representing levels which very few competitive players ever see. 4.5 is probably somewhere better than 1 standard deviation above the mean, and 4.0 is well above the mean AND median of competitive players (do a search on this site and you'll see the supporting statistics).
Give the OP credit -- once you are a "strong" 3.5 you are probably already at the median of competitive USTA league players. If that is a novice, I would not want you grading my papers!!!!!