Hi folks, I recently got off the phone off the phone with one of my friends from out of town. He told me that he is suffering from a slight form of depression because of his game and his predicament on the JC team where he lives. He told me today that he played a set against a 45 year old man who can't even control the ball. He won 7-5, but should not have dropped more than one game. About his technique and skill, he can beat 7 and 8, but not do very good against the higher ranked players. He has a well placed serve with very good pace, but a weak ground game. His 1HBH is nearly nonexistent. He is playing with his back-up racquet (due to his other racquets needing grommets and restringing), so he's having a hard time adjusting to another frame. He described the higher ranked players as players have decent serves, but not very good ground game. In other words, they can't maintain 10+ shot rallies. He didn't show me any video of these players, so I can only rely on his word. Anyways, he started tennis at age 14 and claimed that he and several others were victims of poor coaching and development in high school. He could not either afford or have time for coaching outside of school. He also didn't like the USTA coaches at the local club because while watching a practice session with other players they had the same coaching style as his HS coach. Unfortunately, he told me that the same thing is happening with his JC coach. Recently, a new HS coach (with good USTA credentials) is now employed and a former teammate told him that he is a lot better than the old coach. I basically told him to talk to the new HS coach and set up some practice sessions at the local club or find a private coach in the area and start from scratch. I told him to start from scratch because he wants to develop a 2HBH and a proper FH. I also told him that because he is older, it will be very difficult to basically re-learn the basic strokes unless you put 110% effort and concentration in your game. Is there any other advice that I can give him?