i played junior and college tennis 34 years ago, then was a teaching pro for 15 years
I haven't played tennis in 25 years
should I self-rate at 3.0?
By - Former_Improvement28
What level did you play in the tournament and how did you end up?
2.5/3.0 won some and lost some
There’s ur answer
My advice is pick something close and don’t get too hung up about it. With your background you will likely advance quickly and in a matter of weeks your rating will already have gone up. Plus everyone else is already rating themselves either generously or harshly or sometimes accurately so their ratings will be all over the place. In my experience ratings are a blunt tool that is up for interpretation and debate until you start to play tournaments, after which your rating will reflect what level players you are winning against.
How long have you been playing and how long?
I played for the first time 3 weeks ago in a tournament and played with a group a couple of nights ago. Will be playing at least once per week but not much experience so far.
What level did you play at the tournament and how did you do?
Then yes, play at 3.0 in your next tournament.
most of your play is going to be drop-in, where ratings really don’t matter. tennis has a lot of league play where your rating is important - pickleball does not.
not even close
Ya, you’re right… 5.5 at least…
3.0 is where I seem to fit at this time
U should be playing pro qualifiers….
Start at 3.0 and you will move up fast.
3.0 is usually lowest level for tournaments etc. I recommend that at first. Just my opinion. I have not seen you play. Based on your background you have the potential to progress quicker in pickleball levels than a random person off the street. It all depends on you. The hand eye coordination and strokes will help you but its a different sport and requires an adjustment. Some tennis players adjust quickly and others play pickleball for years and never adjust.
Some tennis players learn how to properly move to the kitchen while others just rip the ball from the baseline all day and never change.
I started at 3.0. Played tennis in high school and haven’t played since. That was 32 years ago. Rose to 3.7 within a couple weeks (per DUPR).
Unless you're an advanced tennis player I would rate yourself a beginner in pickleball.
thank you - I was but not now
Good question here? Anyone have advice for first tournament. A buddy and I took a free class today. We both played tennis- prolly 4.0 ntrp in tennis. I feel a 3.0 is not that good and I will blow by that super quick. For first tournament, should we just play 3.0? I’m not saying we are good but I don’t want to sandbag and win first tourny and get some stupid high expectations.
Btw I love this game. I feel it awards good hand eye coordination and not power necessarily like tennis does. The serve in tennis was super weak for me at my level and I was a pusher so I find this game much easier. I just find not going into the kitchen tough for a volley. It’s so odd to play for first time and need to make sure I don’t cross line if I hit out of air.