Thanks for comments Mike. Right now I feel really far from 3.5 - 4.0 level. Solid 3.5+ routinely make shots that I'm currently missing (primarily, I think, because their stroke mechanics is just a bit more solid than mine), and they don't have the mental lapses that currently characterize my game. They also have a topspin serve which is something I really need to learn and develop. Some of them even have fairly decent kick or twist serves. I'll bet that you probably hit decent topspin, kick and twist serves. Do you? Mike, are you the person who advocated putting lead on the racquet and provided a link to some info about that to me? If not, I apologize to whoever that is, but in any case, I did lead up one of my racquets. I have 1/2 inch lead tape going all around the outside of the frame which I hold in place (because even though it sticks to the frame it can come off when I hit hard) with lead strips wrapped perpendicular around the frame at 12 o'clock, 10:30 and 1:30. I like the feel of this better than the naked racquet and seem to hit better with it. I'm going to add additional perpendicular strips at 9, 3, and 6, and also enough at where the throat splits (just above the handle/grip) to make it less head heavy but still provide more weight. I also stripped everything off of the grip (which I think is a 4 3/8, but might be a 4 1/2) and just use one overgrip. This seems to give the best feel for me. I have relatively big hands and have tried significantly larger circumference grips, but this seems to work the best for me. I was checking out your discussion of the Wilson Pro Staff 6.1, and looked into similar racquets by Wilson and others. I think that eventually I might like to at least seriously demo some of these. For now, I can do what I need to do with my current racquets, which is to just concentrate on getting fitter, being more steadily focused, and improving and solidifying the mechanics of my strokes. Not to mention learning a topspin, kick, and twist serve which is probably the most important purely mechanical thing I have to learn.