The Two Handed Backhand Lansdorp Finish

Two Handed Backhand Finish

Want to learn how to use the Lansdorp finish on the two handed backhand?

Well, strap yourself in because that’s exactly what I’m going to be revealing to you inside this article. Many players often ask me, when’s the best time to use the Lansdorp finish? Should it only be used as an approach or passing shot, or are there any other occasions where it can be used effectively?

Well, there are absolutely a few specific occasions when you should use it. For instance, when the ball is in your strike zone, or when you want to hit an approach shot. Moreover,  you can use it to drive the ball flatter and get more power on your two hander. Last but not least, when the ball is coming flying at you at breakneck speed.

Now you know when to use this finish. Let’s get into the nitty gritty of how to actually use it in those situations.

The Lansdorp Finish For Effortless Power

The Lansdorp Finish For Effortless Power
The main purpose of this finish is to let you hit flatter, and drive your two handed backhand through the court. However, you can only do this on certain kinds of balls. It won’t work if you use the Lansdorp at the wrong time.  A great time to use the Lansdorp finish is when the ball comes fast and is low. This situation is ideal, because you can use this finish to laser the ball back, low over the net.

It’s much harder to use this finish on a higher ball. This is because you would be trying to finish high on a higher ball. In this case,  you should cover the ball more, and finish across your body  instead of higher.

The Lansdorp Finish For Approach Shots

Two Handed Backhand Approach
You can also use this finish on the approach shot, especially when the ball is lower. Again, on a higher ball you want to cover the ball more. However, if the ball is low (or in your strike zone), the Lansdorp finish can be very effective.

Make sure to choose a safe target and rip the ball with the Lansdorp finish. Consequently, you will get a great drive on your approach shot, and your opponent will be struggling to pass you.

It works so well because your opponent has to deal with a ball that is landing pretty deep. Besides, it will be skidding through the court because it is a flatter shot. This gives your opponent almost no time to deal with your penetrating two handed backhand.

Footwork For The Lansdorp Finish

Two Handed Backhand Footwork

You should also make sure you’re using the right footwork with the Lansdorp finish. You want to be stepping in or using a lift and land footwork pattern. In both cases, focus on transferring all your weight onto your front foot to get maximum power and drive on your shot.

If you start using the Lansdorp finish and its footwork properly , you will get your opponents to play defensively. Thus, you’ll be the one calling the shots and winning more tennis matches.

I hope you enjoyed today’s article. Learning  how to use the Lansdorp finish will enable you to hit your two handed backhand with more effortless power. Additionally,  your opponents will soon start to fear your impressive two hander as you put into practice during match play.

By Jeff Salzenstein, Founder Tennis Evolution

Jeff is a former top 100 ATP player and USTA high performance coach committed to helping players and coaches all over the world improve.

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