Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Sometimes U.S./Sometimes Asia
Ooh, that's me! Ha ha ha. Okay, I'm not exactly a pro (not even close), but up until recently, I hit with a two-handed forehand and a one-handed backhand. My forehand is easily my best shot, and I liked having the variety of a one-handed backhand. But the guys in my league kept picking on my backhand, because my topspin passing shot was VERY inconsistent. And it was very tough to hit returns, because it's hard to react quickly when you're not sure if you're going to be hitting with one or two hands. So finally, I changed to a two-handed backhand two weeks ago, and at first, I couldn't hit a ball in the court, but it's improved and I can hit winners with it now, especially down the line. I should've done it years ago, but oh well.
Oh, and about the surface question, my hunch is that power players who hit the ball flat and clean have the edge on indoor carpet, because the ball really moves fast without the wind resistance to slow it down. So it shoud suit players like Lindsay, the Williamses, and Seles. And the fast speed of the court would also suit big servers like Graf and also serve-and-volleyers like Martina N. I remember hearing that Chris Evert thought Martina N. was even tougher or carpet than she was on grass! I think players who hit with loopy topspin would have the most trouble on carpet, Sanchez Vicario and Sabatini being the prime examples.