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Old 03-22-2013, 05:46 AM   #9
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I think you guys are over-estimating 4.5 play.

I might be wrong, but at the 3.5 / 4.0 / 4.5 levels, I don't think the "handicap" would actually be that big of a deal. I think a lot depends on style of play.

Said another way, I think a 4.5 using a wooden racquet could beat a 4.5 using a modern racquet. Merely because I don't think the skill level with the racquet and the game is enough at this level for the difference to be that pronounced.

Case in point, watch this video:

One guy with a wooden racquet. One guy without. At the 7:30 minute mark, they start playing points. These guys are very solid players. At least 4.0. Probably 4.5. And their practice rally goes for over 30 shots.

At these levels, I think it's just a matter of getting used to the feel of wooden racquet.
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