Finishing at the basket

February 1st, 2016

I teach players to jump off two feet when they expect contact at the basket. When shooting a power layup, as many refer to it, I teach players to square their shoulders to the baseline, rather than to the basket, to use the width of their bodies to protect the ball. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Shoot a Floater

January 1st, 2010

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 timing, balance and rhythm that is hard to teach through explicit instructions.

Therefore, I prefer to demonstrate the shot and allow players freedom to work on the shot and master their own way to shoot the floater. Some players shoot off one foot; some shoot off two feet. However, players with great floaters avoid defenders and use the shot to score over bigger players.

H2G Vol.4 Front CoverOriginally published in Hard2Guard Player Development Newsletter, Volume 4.

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