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3.5 to 4.5 is a rather wide gap. According to NTRP:General Characteristics of Various NTRP Playing Levels
You have achieved improved stroke dependability with directional control on moderate shots, but need to develop depth and variety. You exhibit more aggressive net play, have improved court coverage and are developing teamwork in doubles.
You have dependable strokes, including directional control and depth on both forehand and backhand sides on moderate-paced shots. You can use lobs, overheads, approach shots and volleys with some success and occasionally force errors when serving. Rallies may be lost due to impatience. Teamwork in doubles is evident.
You have developed your use of power and spin and can handle pace. You have sound footwork, can control depth of shots, and attempt to vary game plan according to your opponents. You can hit first serves with power and accuracy and place the second serve. You tend to overhit on difficult shots. Aggressive net play is common in doubles.
For me, I think of it as this:
3.5: You can rally although you hit a good number of errors and mis-hits. One side of your ground stroke is much more solid (usually forehand) than the other (usually backhand). You're volleys and serves are not your strength and you double fault semi-regularly.
4.0: You can rally consistently with some pace with an occasional error. You have a dependable backhand in rallies. You typically hit differently (with less confidence) in matches than when just hitting the ball. Your second serve and volley needs improvement.
4.5: You have very dependable forehand and backhand in actual match rallies. You seldom mis-hit balls and seldom error on short balls and floaters. You have decent placement. You have a solid second serve with spin and some pace and seldom double fault.
Just wanted to clarify. If you're closer to a 4.5, I'd love to hit with you. I'm higher than a 4.5, which is why I'm wondering.
hey, were pretty much rated the same and i am in search of a hitting partner now that the weather is perfect. my name is JP and it would be cool if we could hit the courts and play a game or two. 267 507 8326. let me know.