Cliff Notes: 1. I hit a 1hbh and it's a thing of beauty but it's inconsistency destroys my enjoyment of the game. 2. Have a family and only play/hit 2x (~ 5 hours) per week. 3. Can I add two 45 minute lunch session just hitting off a wall and develop a semi-stable 2hbh or am I better off committing that time to what I've got? Full Version: Hi all I've been a 3.5 player since I came back to tennis 4 years ago. The real limiting factor for me seems to be time. I have two kids and a job that really only allow me to play twice during the week. Had I a willing partner I could practice for 45 minutes each day during the lunch hour since I have a shower available but I can't interest anyone in this. Anyway I've always considered myself an "all-court" player but I've realized lately that I'm more of a counterpuncher. Some of my favorite tactics are : hit short slices then pass down the line or lob; get a cross court rally going and keep hitting sharper angles until I get a ball to take down the line. Breaking down my game I get (note that I'm sure these are much worse when compared to good players, but this is how I feel about my game): Serve: 4/5 other than my last tournament match, I simply don't double fault more than 1x/set. I rarely hit hard and flat so I don't accumilate winners but I successfully place my serve 70% of the time (T, Body, Wide are my three locations) and I win a fair number of points just serving to the backhand. I have both a slice & flat serve for variety but I rarely use them. Volleys: 3/5 I *think* I'm good at the net, but what I am is inconsistent. During warmups or practices I can punch the ball anywhere and I can deal with balls at my feet. I hit drop volleys ok, but in a match I tend to not watch the ball well and I hit as many volleys into the net as I do over it. I've mostly given up rushing the net due to loss of confidence in my volleys but I still go there when given a short ball. Return of serve 3.5/5: Kick serve: I love these. I step back to let the ball drop and I rip em. Slice serve: I handle these adequately and hit aggressive forehands and just hit the backhand deep. A strange note. I have recentely discovered that if I set up to Flat serve: Varies by day. When serves reach a certain speed I hit a really abbreviated slice and try and get the ball in. Some days this works really well, and some days the return is so short that I get killed doing this (when I try and hit deep, it goes out). The only guys that really hit these are 4.0+ so this isn't a big priority yet. Forehand 4.5/5: I can hit it big, but mostly it's deep with heavy topspin. I put away short balls and I hit to either corner. I have brief spates of inconsistency (ball in the net) but if I didn't I don't think I'd be a 3.5. I'm very happy with this shot. 1h Backhand 2/5: I'm very very unhappy with this piece of my game. Lets break it down: Slice: 3/5: Oddly enough even this shot is inconsistent. I have great trouble getting low balls back over the net and while I try to drive through the ball, it's mostly just a floater unless the other player provides some power. Topspin 2/5: When it's on it's an amazing shot but it is so inconsistent that I cannot seem to get through a set without having to run around my backhand. The one time I am happy is approaching short balls, I angle them to the corner well but the combination of not being able to hit the shot when rushed (contact point to far in front) and long bouts of inconsistency I'm considering giving this up for a 2hbh since it seems a much more stable shot for most people. The fact that I cannot reliably sustain a rally really irks me and gets in the way my enjoying playing tennis. So the real question here is how long would it take me to establish a stable 2h-backhand if I dedicate two lunches a week to hitting off a wall and one two hour practice session and one 3 hour match(es) to hitting a 2hbh given that a. I can't afford a coach right now b. I don't have a ball machine c. I have little time due to family. Is this feasible or should I just try and get better at my 1hbh? I've got a video camera so I'm going to try and get some video Tuesday.