The video below demonstrates the difference in speed in driving off your lead leg with a crossover step as opposed to stepping with your lead leg first. In the example, the athlete is faster using a crossover step than he is turning to sprint. This is not a perfect example to the difference between a Read more about Crossover Step, Agility & Defense[…]
Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook demonstrates how to put the pressure on the defender with an inside-hand attack and a lethal in-n-out move. Originally published in Hard2Guard Player Development Newsletter, Volume 4. For similar content, subscribe to the free weekly Hard2Guard Player Development Newsletter.
Rajon Rondo demonstrating “The Rondo” against the Raptors: Next, Rondo demonstrates the Euro-Step: Originally published in Hard2Guard Player Development Newsletter, Volume 4. For similar content, subscribe to the free weekly Hard2Guard Player Development Newsletter.
I write about (and use) the Mirror Defensive Drill frequently. Here is Michael Reid using one form of the Mirror Drill with his Swedish team. Rather than have players stand in line, to end the drill, I toss the ball toward the other end for the players to chase; whoever gets the ball is on Read more about Defensive Footwork: The Mirror Drill[…]
To address the improper muscle firing and gluteus weakness, I introduced a couple exercises to activate the glutes. Fire Hydrant Clamshell Hip Hike A more advanced progression from the Clamshell is to use a wall and a straight leg: I did not address any hip tightness with this player, but if tightness is an issue, Read more about Girls Basketball: Training to Correct Valgus Overload[…]
The Rear-Foot Elevated Split Squat is an alternative (replacement) for the back squat in strength programs for basketball players. Here is Mike Boyle illustrating a teaching progression for the RFESS: Spilt Squat RFESS starting at the bottom and pushing up. RFESS loaded with dumbbells and starting at the bottom. RFESS loaded like a back squat. Here Read more about Rear-Foot Elevated Split Squat Progression for Strength Development[…]
Hard2Guard Player Development Newsletter features a short article on the importance of finishing, and mentions the success of great and creative finishers like Rajon Rondo and Steve Nash in the 2010 NBA Play-offs. Here is an example of Rondo using the Euro-Step against the Cavs: Originally published in Hard2Guard Player Development Newsletter, Volume 4. For Read more about Rajon Rondo’s Euro-Step[…]
As I have written previously, tennis movement and basketball movement are similar. A physical therapist sent me this video which examines the “high set” position and the Harvard University tennis team. Now, basketball differs from tennis because of the presence of fakes and other aspects, so there is not a linear argument from tennis footwork Read more about The High Set for Lateral Movement[…]
Earlier this summer, I wrote that the floater is one shot which separates the better high school guards from average guards who tend to penetrate too far. The floater is one of the more difficult skills to teach. The floater requires a great feel for the shot and for scoring. There is an element of Read more about How to Shoot a Floater[…]
Hard2Guard Player Development Newsletter 4.12 featured an interview with Stanford University’s men’s basketball strength & conditioning coach Keith D’Amelio. In the interview, he covers some drills that he uses to train lateral movement. Here are the videos: 1-2 Stick 1-2 Cut & Stick 1-2 Cut Continuous Originally published in Hard2Guard Player Development Newsletter, Volume 4. For Read more about Lateral Movement Training for Basketball[…]