BallBasher wrote:The topspin skill at the moment is imbalanced in favour of flat hitters at the moment. However, not all one-handed backhands are bad against high balls. Gustavo Kuerten and others who use an extreme (semi-western) one-handed grip don't have nearly as much trouble attacking balls above shoulder height. Federer struggles because he uses a mild eastern grip which makes optimal contact at waist level.
BallBasher wrote:2. Scale the shoulder height acceleration bonus in favour of heavy topspin. That is, the higher the topspin skill you have, the more power and accuracy you generate off higher balls. Typically players who hit with a lot of topspin use more western grips which are stronger on high balls. Having very flat hitters, hitting 101 mph accelerations off above shoulder-height balls is unrealistic as hell. You can also factor in the counter skill into this as well, so two-handers are more solid than one-handers against high balls. To balance this, you could make heavy topspin users struggle more against low balls like slices, short slices, e.t.c. Maybe you could factor height in as well (i.e. taller players are better against high balls but worse against low balls).
BallBasher wrote:Also, minor point, there needs to be less mishits dribbling over the net for winners and more shots actually going into the net. Seriously, I can't remember the last time I hit a groundstroke which actually hit the net. Mishits should be errors more often than not.
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