Got beat, badly, in a 2nd singles match. 0-6, 3-6 I'd been playing at 4.5 maybe 10 years ago, but stopped playing completely for about 7 years and started hitting again maybe 3 years ago. So I self-rated at 3.5 even though I've still got very strong strokes. I've played a few matches recently in some club ladders, and I've got a nerves problem lately in matches so I thought I'd join a team and play more matches. My opponent had pretty good strokes himself, but picked up on my liking and hitting a clean ball and proceeded to junkball the crap out of me. He was able to add extreme wicked sidespin to normal slice, topspin, and moonball shots and I spent the first set just trying to figure out how not to frame everything and get some rallies going. He mixed it up pretty well; never hit the same kind of shot more than twice in a row. He was also a psyche player -- would stand at the service line for second serves, say things to me like "you're losing your focus" during changeovers, etc. After the match, he complimented me (I think) by saying I was the finest gentleman he'd ever played. (I was friendly during the match and chatted during the changeovers and after good points even after he started the psyche stuff.) I'd forgotten how much crap like that went on in the 3.x leagues, but I'd better learn how to deal with it before my team benches me. Plus, I'd really like to move back up into the 4.0 - 4.5 range where the players seem want to hit clean shots and work points differently (i.e., more to my liking). So, strategy questions which I'd love some opinions on: 1) I'm using a KBlade Tour (93 sq in) which easily produces penetrating shots but which (a) seems to make it easy for opponents to use my power, (b) is harder to produce extreme spin with, and (c) has a relatively small sweet spot which complicates things for me a lot when I'm dealing with junk or trying to create junk back. I'm playtesting an BLX 6.1 95 but am worried about what changing racquets will do to my already lagging confidence. 2) Should I practice so that I can junkball back, or try to take clean shots out of the junk that comes in ? I eventually started being able to rally and win points, but it took a while and even late in the match I'd make unforced errors very often. 3) Is it the norm to put on a game face and not talk to your opponent during matches now? It seemed to give the guy an opportunity to try stupid mental crap. I'm determined to beat guys like this, so I'm not whining about the d**khead that played crap tennis. He beat me by giving me a ball that was very hard for me to deal with. That's just as legit as forcing errors by placement. I'm happy that I started doing better on second serves, although I still DF'ed many more times than I normally do. Anyway, any comments appreciated.