Originally Posted by movdqa
I sometimes play against a former CMU player and he plays with 4.0 and 4.5 players. He would destroy any of these players. He has flat, hard strokes but can also hit slice and topspin shots, has a killer volley and a very good serve. He's trim and lean but he's in his 60s which is probably why he plays mostly with 4.0 and 4.5 players.
There are many places where there are no leagues above the 4.5 level because there are not enough advanced players. In truth a lot of the 4.5 players around here were ranked 5.0 and 5.5. They are former D1 players who are now teaching pros who have no where to play except the 4.5 leagues.
I know there are a few people who get insulted when they are told that they do not play as well as they think but that's no reason for honest people to mislead them.
What's so bad about being an intermediate recreational player? That's what these guys are. They are clearly not advanced in any areas