Tim, I have also came across this situation quite a bit. I don't think that self raters are "hurting" themselves, since they really don't have a true sense of what what the real rating is. I think once they get out and play a USTA rated person, then they can get an idea as to where they stand as far as their rating. As for myself, I am USTA rated, although I enjoy and actually play much better against higher rated players. We should get together and hit sometime.
Mr. Mayor, I couldn't agree with you more. It's sometime frustrating when I meat with a person who says they're 4.0 when in fact they're not. But it's actually a good thing sometimes because it's good to hit with all different types of players! Especially for myself. For some reason, when I play NTRP tournaments, I play very poorly against lower level 4.0 players, and much better against better 4.0 players. It's good practice for me. So no complaints over here. :)
Hahahaha Larry. I don't think it's wrong to beat up on the lower level. I think it's actually good for both players. It's good for you to practice placing your balls without having to bang it out against lower level players. It can also be kind of comedic to watch your opponent run all over the court with your well placed shots! (giggling inside) And it's good for the lower level player to improve their game playing a better player. At least that's what I think. Mr. Mayor? What's your input?