Switching from a good 2-handed backhand to a 1-Hander- My Story..... The reason I am posting this is because i am seeing a lot of post from people asking for advice about one handers and also post about how one handers suck. Perhaps others can say why they changed and their experience. I was about 14 in 1994 or so when I decided to change backhands. I had been playing since I was twelve. I was already pretty good for my age (varsity as a freshman, I think I was ranked around 60 or so in SoCal I used to beat a lot of adults who say they were 4.0+ etc.). I thought I had a good 2 hander, very consistent and good power. The reason I changed was because I wanted to play a more attacking style. I was also serving and volleying alot and playing double. Also because the pros I really admired had one handers (Sampras, Becker, Edberg, Graf). Changing was very very difficult at first. I was still playing with the two hander for matches and practicing the one hander on the side. One day I decide to commit to the switch. The first couple matches was rough. I think I lost in the first round of tournaments 4 out of 5 times. I was winning about 50% of my matches overall and losing to people I often beat. Things were not looking good but I decided to stick with it One of the main reasons I had a tough time adjusting was I just wasn't strong enough yet. I figure the one hander uses a totally separate set of muscles that I just didn't normally use. Also it has to do with shoulder fleixibily and other physiological stuff like that Im sure. Also the Muscle memory wasn't there yet. I probably took 3 months just for me to feel like I could really hit the ball with any strength. It took about 6 months for me to be able to say I had a "reliable" back hand meaning I could hit the ball back with out it getting clobbered right back to me. I ended up playing very defensivly and sliceing a lot of stuff back. Especially high balls. I just remember watching Graf play and all she ever did was slice the ball so I figured I could make it work for me. I would occasionally hit with top or flat but it was more of a choice not to due to a lack of confidence. This really wasn't that big of a problem because I was attacking the net more and didn't spend too much time on the baseline. By no means was the back hand a weapon but it wasn't a liablilty either. It took almost a year for me to have the confidence to hit the ball with pace and eventually I made a conscious decision to hit the ball flatter or with topspin more often. I just took a lot of practice because it was definiety harder to hit a one-hander with pace than a two hander. But eventually I could hit every shot with the one-hander much better than I could before with the two hander. Now my back hand is my best shot. I probably hit more backhand winners than forehand winners and I make very few unforced errors. The benefits were better reach, more variety, and better disguise. It was also easier to trasition to the net. I also I eventually found it easier to return serve because I didn't have to decide if I should have one hand on the racket or two. So for those of you who are thinking about changing, keep in mind that it takes a while to get good at it and your game will suffer at first (unless your two-hander suck as well), however I think it was worth it. There are people saying one-handers are not good for todays game. I think, a BAD one hander is not good for anyone's game. But with practice there is no reason you shouldn't be able to hit a one-hander as well as a two hander.