I hear you but there is no evidence to say it does not. It would seem to me that there is a significant improvement when it comes to my character from D class to B class. It could be that i have improved and now find it easier to compete or it could be a class thing. The only people who truly know if it makes a difference is sega.
You can truly know if you keep playing and notice that some folks of low level are much better than those ranked higher. I've been #1 on Wii for awhile and can tell you that's the way it goes. You really have gotten better with practice. Most do, but still talented players can do just as well at the lowest level, with any racket. It just seems very obvious after beating over a thousand ranked players of all levels and every sort of racket.
I do appreciate your perspective and would be happy to admit if I'm wrong. I'm curious if there is even the slightest of differences, but I'd like to know some specifics instead of just what "seems" to be generally better or worse. Really don't see it.
Skid slice players are the easiest to beat. They don't have anything apart fom slices. I stopped Ping Pong Man using it cause he lost it everytime. Afte a while he just used to quits at the start!
Just realised that Ping Pong Man has got up to number 2 in ranking since I have stopped playing. Just wondering what he is using now. I might have to get back to Xbox 360 as PS3 is not much fun at the moment with all the connection problems.