The hip turn and the drop step

Defensive footwork is one of the most contentious subjects among basketball coaches. One reason for pursuing a doctorate was to examine the difference between a hip turn and a drop step, as many basketball coaches are adamant about the drop step, despite the lack of research into the two methods of footwork.

Below is a link to a paper published in 2014 that compared the hip turn and drop step in a short change-of-direction task. If you want the Cliff Notes version, the hip turn is faster.

IJSSC 9-4 Hip Turn:Drop Step

By Brian McCormick, PhD
Director of Coaching, Playmakers Basketball Development League
Author, The 21st Century Basketball Practice

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