Originally Posted by cknobman
IDK to be honest I dont really think it matters much if the guy is a 4.0 or a 4.5.
I have been playing in a mixed doubles league for several years now and from my experience the matches are almost always decided by which male can break down/exploit the other teams female the most often.
I am a 4.0 and so is my partner but we have played against every variation of the 3.5-4.5 pairings.
It boils down to every male either overpowering, spinning, or exploiting the opposing teams female player.
I rarely (if ever) see a 4.0 male that cannot easily handle a 4.0 woman and most of the time even the 3.5 men can handle 4.0 women because even if the woman has good strokes her movement is always the deal breaker. Women react slower and are less explosive in their movement so its all too easy to get them deep then hit it short and win the point.
Whether the guy is 4.5 or not really isnt a huge difference unless when his female partner is serving your teams return game isnt good enough to get past him. Usually a 3.5 females serve is "tee time" for the other team and its easy to break her.
Mmmm, I think I have to disagree.
First, let's compare apples to apples. Let's assume we are comparing a high 4.0 guy to a high 4.5 guy. My partner and I are 4.0s.
There is simply a world of difference between the high 4.0 guy and the high 4.5 guy. The 4.5 guy will dominate everything. He will hold his serve at love. He will men*ace us at net so we cannot get to his partner when she serves. Meanwhile, his partner can certainly return my serve, and she will block a few of my partner's serves back.
Bottom line: We stand no chance. In all of the mixed matches I have played, I have never taken a set off of a 4.5M/3.5F pair. Against 4.0/4.0 pairs, I have some hard-fought wins.
Sure, the line between 4.0 and 4.5 guys is arbitrary. But once you let 4.5 guys in, you have to let all of them in -- even the ones who are close to 5.0.
There is really no justification for that.