Heres my hypothesis: a player with 3.5 strokes and an accurate, consistent serve will beat a player with 4.0 strokes and an inconsistent serve (eg: low first % and weak second serve). How much is the serve the difference? Ive seen players with reasonably strong groundstrokes or net games get beaten simply cos they cant hold serve, either from double faulting, or missing the big bomb first serve and going the frying pan for the second. An example of one of these players is me. Last pennants match I held serve once, and broke serve 8 times. End result I lost 6-4, 7-5. Trying to smash in the first serve, then cos I had no second serve to resort to, I just fluffed in the second. Either double faulting or watching it go past me. Im not going to say I lost to a worser player. He won the match, overall he had the better game, and I acknowledge him as a better player. His serve was more consistent. Mine was complete cack. So, for the last two weeks (had a bye on the weekend) Ive been working hard with my coach on developing that consistent second serve. Will be interesting to see how I go this weekend.