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rookie_rock
04-16-2008, 12:49 AM
Hi ,

First up, I would like to say thanks to the experts in this forum. I am really amazed at the depth of tennis knowledge that people have in here. And some really mind boggling posts that I found has made me registered to this site.

Now my question. I am beginner in tennis. I started hitting only a month back.

While I was practising, I was finding it comfortable to play double handed back for moon balls and single handed backhand for balls that come net high and lower. Double handed backhand because you can have control and speed for shoulder high balls and it's easier than single handed one. So have you guys seen anyone playing a game with both single and double handed backhand in the same match? Is it advisable to practice both the styles while learning or is it better to choose one style of backhand and work on it? Thanks.

Rickson
04-16-2008, 01:50 AM
A lot of players can do both, but it's a bad idea. I started with a 2 hander, but I switched to a 1 hander after a year so I can do both to this day, but I always think one hander during a match. The stances are different and so is the form so it's not a good idea to employ both backhands during a match.

rookie_rock
04-16-2008, 02:31 AM
But I am having trouble hitting those shoulder high backhand balls. In that case if one deploys a 1HBH, should one hit when the ball is on the rise or should one take a step back till the ball reaches the comfortable height (waist level) for a nice one hand backhand swing? So, that is why I was trying to use 2HBH to negotiate the rising ball.

I visualise Djokovic while playing that 2HBH to send the shot as flat as possible.

Rickson
04-16-2008, 02:39 AM
But I am having trouble hitting those shoulder high backhand balls. In that case if one deploys a 1HBH, should one hit when the ball is on the rise or should one take a step back till the ball reaches the comfortable height (waist level) for a nice one hand backhand swing? So, that is why I was trying to use 2HBH to negotiate the rising ball.

I visualise Djokovic while playing that 2HBH to send the shot as flat as possible.

We usually slice high balls, but they can be driven as well with practice. Look at Justine Henin. She's only 5'5, but she drives a lot of backhands that would be considered high for her.

rookie_rock
04-16-2008, 02:53 AM
Yep, now I'm wondering how difficult could it be for her to drive those high balls. Thanks Rickson.

May I know the reason for your switching from 2HBH to 1HBH after an year? Coz, after an year of 2HBH practice, you must have got used to 2HBH and it's difficult to adopt something (1HBH) out of your comfort zone?

Rickson
04-16-2008, 03:01 AM
Yep, now I'm wondering how difficult could it be for her to drive those high balls. Thanks Rickson.

May I know the reason for your switching from 2HBH to 1HBH after an year? Coz, after an year of 2HBH practice, you must have got used to 2HBH and it's difficult to adopt something (1HBH) out of your comfort zone?

Watching Justine and Roger had a big influence on my decision for switching to the superior backhand. That was in 2004.

rookie_rock
04-16-2008, 04:25 AM
Just seen your posts in 1HBH elite community club and I now know how much you love that shot Rickson. I try to abolish that 2HBH thoughts from my mind. Believe me, I started with 1HBH which came naturally to me and did not find too difficult a shot as projected by others. May be the fact that I also play table tennis and badminton has allowed me to try 1HBH outright. It's my coach who forced me to shift loyalties and as I said I better not think/talk of that 2HBH from now.

Djokovicfan4life
04-16-2008, 04:34 AM
You're not the only one who struggles with high balls to the one handed backhand. If you go with a one hander I would slice most of those and wait for something you can rip. Work on a nice, biting, offensive slice that your opponent can't attack easily.

You should pick one and stick with it though, better to have one well developed backhand than two mediocre ones.

P.S. Your coach forced you to switch? That's not good at all. If my coach told me to use two hands I would ditch him ASAP. Not everyone's the same, you know.

rookie_rock
04-16-2008, 04:55 AM
Yeah, slice shot is one where I am confident in executing. Because I think of 2HBH instead of playing a slice shot especially for high balls, I am into this confusion.

I like playing the slice shot for balls that are below the net level but again playing a slice shot often doesn't rate one as a cheap player?

Djokovicfan4life
04-16-2008, 05:03 AM
Slices are fine, sometimes I force more errors with my slice than my topspin backhand. Just tell that coach, er.................. lets just say SOMETHING, and work on that topspin drive.

Penguin Slapper
04-16-2008, 06:23 AM
yeah i do that nowadays. i started out with a one hander with topspin, slice, flat, all of it. but then i tryed out a two hander recently and its not all that bad. of course, i only do it when i have too, like if its too close to the body and i cant get in position in time, sometimes when im at net and a floater goes to my bh side, want to keep court positioning, etc. but overall, 1hbh kick.

Penguin Slapper
04-16-2008, 06:24 AM
also, it feels a lot better on the dominant hands wrist if you injure it. thats around when i started hitting it. but at least with a 1hbh you dont have to depend on your other hand/wrist.

use a 1 hander. be awesome. :)

Djokovicfan4life
04-16-2008, 06:28 AM
If you get a floater you should be running around your backhand anyway, assuming that it's weaker than your forehand, that is.

Nellie
04-16-2008, 06:29 AM
I think that most coaches can tell within a short time whether you will have an easier time developing a one hand or two hand backhand. I think it has to do with how you use your off-hand for balance.

Also, don't be too pursuaded by Riskson because he has his own agenda for advocating the one-hander. In my experience, a two hander will tent to allow you to improve faster, but this is not always true.

I would recommend deciding on a style and sticking with it. Although there is some disagreement on this board, I make this suggestion because (if you are right handed) the two-hander emphasises control by the left hand whereas the one hander emphasises the right arm. similarly, the one handed requires a different swing path and weight shift. If you continue to use both, you will end up to two bad shots, instead of a good shot. Once you have a banckhand you like, you can work to add diversity through slice.

5263
04-16-2008, 07:04 AM
I agree that it can be a bad idea for some to use both type backhands, especially if you don't have one you can count on yet, but I have been hitting both for about 5 years now and it is working out real well for me.
I do use the 2 hander most of the time, like serve rtns and precise control situations, but love to let that onehander rip when I get something that is a little further from the body and more out in front
or if I have to stretch for a backhand.

It's nice having the versatility at times.

In tennis there are a lot of shots to hit- volleys, half volleys, drives, kicks, topspins, chips, slices, 3 kinds of overhead smashes etc....

Whats one more if you are interested in doing it? It's all for fun anyway.
:)

just out
04-16-2008, 07:15 AM
IMO make a choice. I started with two, went to one, and am now going back to two (with one hand slice). I find that the one hand slice and two handed backhand drive are very similar for me in terms of contact point (about even with front knee) and grip (continental with dominant hand). The drive or topspin one hander is very different from the two hander so mixing those two IMO would not be a good idea. I struggle with the high one handed backhand too, especially on the service return. It was never very forgiving if I was not in good position.... I think the two hander is much more like my forehand in terms of forgiveness for my sometimes slow footwork and movement.

Djokovicfan4life
04-16-2008, 07:22 AM
Once again, PICK ONE AND STICK WITH IT. The one and two handed backhand are entirely different strokes, obviously. Different follow through, different contact point, different grip, different everything, really. Using both in a match type of situation is just asking for trouble.

chipsbuzz
04-16-2008, 07:29 AM
yeaa, it's advisable to choose one backhand instead of both...

I'm in the same boat as you however (uses a two handed and a one handed). Although, I think it works well with the way I play. I use a double forehand two handed backhand (both hands are in eastern position) and an eastern forehand. When I pull back for a backhand I'm ready to swing two-handed (and the double forehand grip allows for a slightly further back contact point). If it's low I switch to one handed (ehbh). If it's high or I havta react fast I just swing two-handed.

Sounds sorta complicated...that's why it's advisable to stick to one type of backhand. That and you'll get more proficient in a backand if you just stick to one.

Noisy Ninja
04-16-2008, 07:32 AM
I think the old adage applies: "Jack of all trades, master of none."

5263
04-16-2008, 07:33 AM
Chip, I bet that works good for you though. sounds like you have it pretty sorted out.

Bungalo Bill
04-16-2008, 08:33 AM
Hi ,

First up, I would like to say thanks to the experts in this forum. I am really amazed at the depth of tennis knowledge that people have in here. And some really mind boggling posts that I found has made me registered to this site.

Now my question. I am beginner in tennis. I started hitting only a month back.

While I was practising, I was finding it comfortable to play double handed back for moon balls and single handed backhand for balls that come net high and lower. Double handed backhand because you can have control and speed for shoulder high balls and it's easier than single handed one. So have you guys seen anyone playing a game with both single and double handed backhand in the same match? Is it advisable to practice both the styles while learning or is it better to choose one style of backhand and work on it? Thanks.

It is not necessarily advisable. However, nobody will stop you from doing so.

Some players use the following, however, it is less common:

1. Twohander for the return of serve

2. Onehander for groundstrokes and what not.

You really want to have one topspin backhand to use for your groundstrokes. You can make the grip more extreme on the onehander for the high balls.

The twohander and the onehander are different strokes and each requires work to make it consistent and dependable.

Whether you choose either backhand, you will still need to develop your slice backhand. If you think about it, this is now three backhands you are now developing.

If I were you, I would choose the twohander over the onehander for the simple reason that you handle high balls better with it. You only need to make minor adjustments to handle balls in the strike zone or lower. Your training will also transfer to the service return.

My suggestion is not written in stone, it will ultimately be up to you. Just look at it and decide.

Rickson
04-16-2008, 08:39 AM
I'd go with the one hander because of the added reach and aesthetic qualities.

Djokovicfan4life
04-16-2008, 08:40 AM
I'd go with the one hander because of the added reach and aesthetic qualities.

BB still won't acknowledge our elite backhands, huh? :wink:

Rickson
04-16-2008, 08:44 AM
BB still won't acknowledge our elite backhands, huh? :wink:

Bill thinks that using 2 hands means more power, but I believe that after years of perfecting my backhand smack on people who deserved it, the one hander can yield more power.

Djokovicfan4life
04-16-2008, 08:47 AM
The one hander got a lot more natural power for me for some reason. When I started I used two hands and my right arm was actually crossed the wrong way so that it was leading the stroke. :oops:

I took off that other hand, and I suddenly had a backhand. Not a world class one, mind you, but a real backhand. :)

Bungalo Bill
04-16-2008, 08:55 AM
BB still won't acknowledge our elite backhands, huh? :wink:

He's got that little arm! I can't get past that. :)

Bungalo Bill
04-16-2008, 08:55 AM
Bill thinks that using 2 hands means more power, but I believe that after years of perfecting my backhand smack on people who deserved it, the one hander can yield more power.

And the debate continues...who has the bigger ##%#

Rickson
04-16-2008, 08:57 AM
And the debate continues...who has the bigger ##%#

Haha, you're a winner, Bill. I still can't believe you went back to the darkside when you had a good thing going for a while.

Djokovicfan4life
04-16-2008, 08:59 AM
Just out of curiosity, BB, what is it that you like about the two hander so much?

Is it easier to learn, easier to teach, more reliable? I'm interested what someone like you has to say on this subject.

Alexio92
04-16-2008, 09:16 AM
I can do both, I can really rip the ball with a two hander. However I use a one handed as I get more net clearance and spin, therefore more consistancy I find and I have better control as I find it less restricting.

Djokovicfan4life
04-16-2008, 09:29 AM
I can do both, I can really rip the ball with a two hander. However I use a one handed as I get more net clearance and spin, therefore more consistancy I find and I have better control as I find it less restricting.

So which one do you use? :confused:

You must choose, young padowan!

(WTF, that spelling looks wrong) :lol:

Alexio92
04-16-2008, 09:54 AM
So which one do you use? :confused:

You must choose, young padowan!

(WTF, that spelling looks wrong) :lol:

I said I use a one handed in my previous post :lol: :twisted:

Djokovicfan4life
04-16-2008, 09:55 AM
I said I use a one handed in my previous post :lol: :twisted:

Doh! Sorry bout that!

Good to see that you made the wise choice. :wink:

One day our "little arms" will dominate this section!

Bungalo Bill
04-16-2008, 09:58 AM
Just out of curiosity, BB, what is it that you like about the two hander so much?

Is it easier to learn, easier to teach, more reliable? I'm interested what someone like you has to say on this subject.

I really have no preference. I can hit a onehander or a twohander. I prefer the twohander because I am more consistent with it and able to handle the higher ball better. I am not an extreme grip user nor do I want to be. A back injury I sustained a few years back caused me to grow with the onehander more.

As far as teaching, it makes no difference to me on difficulty in teaching. I can teach either equally well. My favorite stroke to teach is the backhand - either one including the slice. It is also the stroke I have done the most research on.

I find it humorous with those that want to say one is better then the other.

To me what matters is how the backhand fits in a persons make-up, style of play, and how their body responds (after some effort) to the training.

The onehander is a bit more complicated to master because of having more segments involved. Power? Both can put mustard on the ball.

Rickson
04-16-2008, 09:59 AM
But why did you go back to the darkside?

Djokovicfan4life
04-16-2008, 10:05 AM
But why did you go back to the darkside?

"I prefer the twohander because I am more consistent with it and able to handle the higher ball better".

Rickson
04-16-2008, 10:09 AM
"I prefer the twohander because I am more consistent with it and able to handle the higher ball better".

I wasn't asking you, Jabba. I was asking the Sith Knight.

Alexio92
04-16-2008, 10:10 AM
I wasn't asking you, Jabba. I was asking the Sith Knight.

Who were you asking then? :-?

Rickson
04-16-2008, 10:22 AM
Who were you asking then? :-?

The Sith Knight! His name is Bungalo Bill.

Bungalo Bill
04-16-2008, 10:22 AM
But why did you go back to the darkside?

It fits my game better. I like the contact point further back. It is more forgiving, I like it better for return of serve, and I think onehanders are sissy's. :P

Alexio92
04-16-2008, 10:23 AM
The Sith Knight! His name is Bungalo Bill.

I thought that was Bungalo Bill that just posted that, sorry :-|

Rickson
04-16-2008, 10:24 AM
It fits my game better. I like the contact point further back. It is more forgiving, I like it better for return of serve, and I think onehanders are sissy's. :P

Isn't it strange that one handers consider two handed men to be sissies too?

Djokovicfan4life
04-16-2008, 10:24 AM
The "Dark Side"!

Why are Star Wars and this message board so compatible? :lol:

Rickson
04-16-2008, 10:26 AM
The "Dark Side"!

Why are Star Wars and this message board so compatible? :lol:

Because we are like Jedi Knights (one handers) spreading the old ways of all that is good and they are like the evil Sith (two handers) spreading their vicious lies.

Bungalo Bill
04-16-2008, 10:27 AM
The "Dark Side"!

Why are Star Wars and this message board so compatible? :lol:

I hear the sounds of those laser swords humming around me. Rickson whips out his sword, it is only two inches long and the color of the light is pink.

Djokovicfan4life
04-16-2008, 10:28 AM
Whatever floats your boat, dude. Should we start wearing blindfolds and use the force as well? I can just see the shanks from here! :shock:

All joking aside though, either backhand is fine. We prefer one, they prefer two. End of story.

Rickson
04-16-2008, 10:30 AM
Actually it's red with blue overgrip. What color is your, ahem, light saber, Bill?

Djokovicfan4life
04-16-2008, 10:31 AM
I want a green one with scary looking lettering, Fischer style!

Size doesn't matter anyway. Quality over quantity.

Rickson
04-16-2008, 10:32 AM
I want a green one with scary looking lettering, Fischer style!

Size doesn't matter anyway. Quality over quantity.

So your Fischer is green, huh?

Djokovicfan4life
04-16-2008, 10:36 AM
You love it and you know it: http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/descpageRCFISCHER-MP198S.html

Bungalo Bill
04-16-2008, 10:37 AM
Actually it's red with blue overgrip. What color is your, ahem, light saber, Bill?

It is black, as in death. :)

Rickson
04-16-2008, 10:39 AM
It is black, as in death. :)

Does that mean you use a Prince?

Fay
04-16-2008, 11:44 AM
Within the first 5 months of playing tennis (& taking lessons) I had developed tennis elbow (I feel from the wrong technique taught to me, but I won't get into that debate now) and had taken some time off.

When I came back after the layoff, I taught myself everything LH, including the serve. It was not pretty but I wanted to play tennis so bad I figured I'd do anything just to hit that tennis ball.

When I went back to using my right side, I used a 2-H BH for a short while with most of the force being carried on my left arm. I even tried 2-H FH just to see what it feels like. I learned I didn't like hitting with two hands on the racquet. Some instructors said use 1 H, others were convinced as a small woman I had to use 2 H. I now have a coach who has a fantastic 1-H BH and he is very happy to work with my 1-H BH. But his son uses a 2-H BH and he says "there are a lot of ways to hit the tennis ball...."

I see a lot of small idiosyncrasies from pro to pro ... I watched a lot of slo-mos until I could find pros who strokes more closely matched what I was inclined to do *naturally* ~

Djokovicfan4life
04-16-2008, 11:48 AM
It is black, as in death. :)

You mean Creeping Death? :twisted:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BuOxeOrOJGg

Alexio92
04-16-2008, 02:58 PM
Actually it's red with blue overgrip. What color is your, ahem, light saber, Bill?

Thats my racquet colours lol :) red with a light blue overgrip.

Rickson
04-16-2008, 05:16 PM
Thats my racquet colours lol :) red with a light blue overgrip.

Head?.....

Bungalo Bill
04-16-2008, 07:21 PM
Does that mean you use a Prince?

:evil: I don't use a Prince! I have never used a Prince and will never demo a Prince racquet!

When Prince came out with those 3,000 sq. in. racquets somewhere around the late 70's - early 80's, I swore I would never use one of those lame racquets.

I use Wilson or Volkl - end of story. I might end up with a Dunlop someday. Never a Prince. :evil:

rookie_rock
04-16-2008, 08:20 PM
Right I'm back again :) ( as if anyone is waiting)

I had a hit out today morning with a decent over 35 year old player available, who thinks "I am the champ" . Yes he plays much better than me, could have been practicing for years. But the point was he hit a 1HBH to my backhand side and was expecting to be a winner and I decided to play the 1HBH today at whatever cost.

Suddenly I could send this guys return, back using my 1HBH and his eyes really got lit up. He took my return to his forehand side, made few strides to the net and really wanted to make a statement to me. Sort of, let me rip this guy forever. I was able to pick up his forehand again cleanly but I could not get it over the net. A bit of aahh..... from me and put my head down.End of story.

All I wanted to say is I caught his attention and that's some statement from my side to him. I hope I'll have few more hits with him in the coming days and want to run him around the court. It's funny how the game hurts a man's ego so badly. I'm enjoying.

Djokovicfan4life
04-16-2008, 09:40 PM
Not that I care, BB, but what's so bad about Prince? I don't use them either, but are they THAT bad?

I bet that "O3" technology makes you cringe, huh? :wink:

Fay
04-16-2008, 10:10 PM
I have a Prince Graphite Classic and two of the new Prince Tour racquets to which I added enough to bring them near 12.6 oz. Strung to 63 lbs. with Wilson NXT 17. They are not over-sized racquets.

Every racquet manufacturer has a different shape to their grips and the racquets all feel a little different. I spent three months hauling home demo racquets of every brand, shape, weight, flexibility until I found what felt good for me. I got a Babalot Team "something" for my hubby. Now he wants my Tour. I'll probably get more of the Classics and give him my Tour racquets as the Classic is perfectly balanced for me and doesn't need lead tape added. But he had access to all of the demos I dragged home and he wanted the Babalot at that time. Next year he might want a Wilson. I have a Wilson bag as that's the one I liked and I am not beholding to a sponsor to worry about, LOL.

My suggestions is to find what FEELS right for you at the time and not worry about brand or whatever. Next year try some more racquets as needs or taste may change. There are a number of custom racquets being made ... anyone tried any of those?

user92626
04-16-2008, 10:32 PM
:evil:

I use Wilson or Volkl - end of story. I might end up with a Dunlop someday. Never a Prince. :evil:




Interestingly I also find something unappealing about Prince , almost all of them, and I have tried hard to like them but couldn't.

I like Wilson the most for its quality, but dunlop, head and babolat are more fun and upbeat. I wish that Wilson moves away from the balanced egg shape look

Djokovicfan4life
04-17-2008, 05:56 AM
I have a Prince Graphite Classic and two of the new Prince Tour racquets to which I added enough to bring them near 12.6 oz. Strung to 63 lbs. with Wilson NXT 17. They are not over-sized racquets.

Every racquet manufacturer has a different shape to their grips and the racquets all feel a little different. I spent three months hauling home demo racquets of every brand, shape, weight, flexibility until I found what felt good for me. I got a Babalot Team "something" for my hubby. Now he wants my Tour. I'll probably get more of the Classics and give him my Tour racquets as the Classic is perfectly balanced for me and doesn't need lead tape added. But he had access to all of the demos I dragged home and he wanted the Babalot at that time. Next year he might want a Wilson. I have a Wilson bag as that's the one I liked and I am not beholding to a sponsor to worry about, LOL.

My suggestions is to find what FEELS right for you at the time and not worry about brand or whatever. Next year try some more racquets as needs or taste may change. There are a number of custom racquets being made ... anyone tried any of those?

Yes, every racquet company has some good and bad, depending on the player. The Prince Diablo Mid is an entirely different racquet compared to something like the O3 white, but I bet you can find players that swear by both racquets.

Fischer is THE BEST though, j/k! :wink:

Bungalo Bill
04-17-2008, 06:49 AM
Not that I care, BB, but what's so bad about Prince? I don't use them either, but are they THAT bad?

I bet that "O3" technology makes you cringe, huh? :wink:

Because they are for women and prancers. When I walk into a store I just bypass them. :)

I just don't like Prince racquets. I also can't stand the name. I would feel like I should have a cup of tea before I play and listen to the waltz.

zebano
04-17-2008, 07:04 AM
:evil: I don't use a Prince! I have never used a Prince and will never demo a Prince racquet!

When Prince came out with those 3,000 sq. in. racquets somewhere around the late 70's - early 80's, I swore I would never use one of those lame racquets.

I use Wilson or Volkl - end of story. I might end up with a Dunlop someday. Never a Prince. :evil:

I like Head, it's 28 inches long. :grin:



I also agree with Fay, hit whichever backhand works better for you, as long as it's a 1hbh :wink;

Alexio92
04-17-2008, 07:42 AM
Head?.....

:shock:

10char

Djokovicfan4life
04-17-2008, 07:48 AM
Because they are for women and prancers. When I walk into a store I just bypass them. :)

I just don't like Prince racquets. I also can't stand the name. I would feel like I should have a cup of tea before I play and listen to the waltz.

This sounds like a funny thread actually, maybe the "Prancing Prince People" or something! :shock:

Seriously though, the Diablo mid is anything but that kind of racquet, very unforgiving actually. I agree that their racquets tend to be of the "game improvement" variety though.

P.S. No, Alexio, that's not what Rickson meant. :lol:

Bungalo Bill
04-17-2008, 08:15 AM
This sounds like a funny thread actually, maybe the "Prancing Prince People" or something! :shock:

Seriously though, the Diablo mid is anything but that kind of racquet, very unforgiving actually. I agree that their racquets tend to be of the "game improvement" variety though.

P.S. No, Alexio, that's not what Rickson meant. :lol:

Let's see, the "PRINCE DIABLO". The Devil Prince. Sounds like a racquet for men who wear women's clothes. ;)

Djokovicfan4life
04-17-2008, 08:53 AM
Let's see, the "PRINCE DIABLO". The Devil Prince. Sounds like a racquet for men who wear women's clothes. ;)

Unusual marketing there for sure! Michael Jackson wannabes, UNITE!

rookie_rock
04-17-2008, 09:07 PM
I am working on the 1HBH slice for high balls and it's coming ok I guess. But most of them are landing in the middle of the court. Since it is a practice session and the guys at the other end are also as good as me, I am able to survive. Otherwise I am in for trouble. I hate to say, but I like playing slice, smile.

Ok, I can also talk a little on one racket as I see up there. I use Wilson Hyper Hammer Mid plus 5.3. Watz your take on it for a beginner?

Djokovicfan4life
04-18-2008, 04:50 AM
I am working on the 1HBH slice for high balls and it's coming ok I guess. But most of them are landing in the middle of the court. Since it is a practice session and the guys at the other end are also as good as me, I am able to survive. Otherwise I am in for trouble. I hate to say, but I like playing slice, smile.

Ok, I can also talk a little on one racket as I see up there. I use Wilson Hyper Hammer Mid plus 5.3. Watz your take on it for a beginner?
Step into the shot just like with everything else. If you treat it like a defensive shot, than it's going to BE a defensive shot.

C_Urala
04-18-2008, 05:54 AM
I began with a 1hbh. then I got some problem in my right shoulder blade (I couldn't even rise my arm above the shoulder level). So I started to practice the 2hbh.
Thanks to this, now I can hit both backhands. My rally shot is 1hbh, however when I'm jammed, I bend my knees more and muscle the 2hbh back, almost half-volleying it. (Yes, I muscle it. Yet, it's better than to loose the point).
I have two racquets: wilson prostaff 6.1 (my usual) and Prince graphite precision 640 (for situations when the first one failes). Both are control-oriented - pretty heavy and with the headlight balance.
(never had the bias against the prince racquets that BB has)