Creating Your Shot Off Dribble
Creating Your Shot Off Dribble
By Dr. Hal Wissel
You create space away from your defender with one or two dribbles, and jump behind the ball facing the basket on the last dribble. When shooting a jump shot off the dribble it is easier for most players when dribbling to the strong-hand side. Pick the ball up in front of the shooting side knee with the shooting hand on top and the non-shooting (balance) hand under the ball. When your shooting hand is on top of the ball your shooting hand will face the rim when you raise the ball to shoot. By picking the ball up at the shooting side knee, you are able to change sideward momentum to upward momentum and jump straight up to shoot a jump shot, rather than floating to the side. It is more difficult to shoot off the dribble when you are going to your weak-hand side. A right-handed player will have farther to go when going left in order to pick up the ball in front of the shooting knee. A left-handed player will have farther to go when going to the right in order to pick up the ball in front of the shooting knee. In addition to jumping behind the ball, you can also use a crossover dribble to the shooting side knee when dribbling toward your weak hand side.
Errors in shooting off the dribble are caused by picking the ball up with your hands on the side of the ball (a major cause of side spin, which causes the ball to circle out) and floating to the side, in or back (resulting in misses to the side, long or short).
Correcting Errors in Shooting Off the Dribble
The most common errors in shooting off the dribble are listed below, along with suggestions on how to correct them.
When shooting off the dribble, you reach to the side for the ball, and start your shot from the side of your body, causing you to miss to either the right or left side of the basket.
When open, dribble to the front of your shooting side knee and pick the ball up facing the basket in position to shoot: Do not reach for the ball.
You pick up the ball off the dribble with your hands on the side and rotate the ball into position causing sidespin on your shot.
Pick the ball up in front of your shooting side knee with your shooting hand on top of the ball and your non-shooting hand under the ball. As you bring the ball up to shoot, your shooting hand will be positioned behind the ball and facing the front of the rim enabling you to shoot with backspin.
When shooting off the dribble, you float forward, back or to the side.
Pick the ball up in front of your shooting side knee with your knees flexed to gain balance for your shot and prevent floating forward, back or to the side.
Shooting Off Dribble Lead-up Drills
Creating Space Off Dribble for Jump Shot
From: Wissel, Hal. (2011). BASKETBALL: Steps to Success Third Edition, Human Kinetics, Champaign, IL. .
Wissel, Hal. (2005). Basketball Shooting: Confidence, Rhythm and Mechanics DVD. Basketball World, Suffield, CT.
Wissel, Hal. (2005). Basketball Shooting: Off the Pass, Off the Dribble and In the Post DVD. Basketball World, Suffield, CT.
Wissel, Hal (2009). Basketball Shooting: Make Your Shot Automatic DVD. Basketball World, Suffield, CT.
Wissel, Hal (2009). Basketball Shooting: Creating Your Shot Off the Dribble DVD. Basketball World, Suffield, CT.
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