Drive Baseline Step-Back Jump Shot

Drive Baseline Step-Back Jump Shot
By Hal Wissel

The step-back jump shot is used when you are closely guarded as you drive. From a triple-threat stance, make an aggressive drive step. Keeping your weight on your pivot foot, create space away from your defender by pushing your dribble out to the middle with your outside hand (the hand away from the defender). When your defender is able to stay with you, you should control your dribble. Lean your inside shoulder into your defender, then make an aggressive head and shoulder fake to straighten your defender’s legs. Create space away from your defender by dribbling back.Jump behind the ball in balance by dipping your knees (to change backward momentum to upward momentum) while aligning your shooting-side knee with the ball. Keep your head and shoulders forward to counter the tendency to lean back. Pick up the ball in front of your shooting-side knee with your shooting hand on top of the ball and with your non-shooting hand under the ball for balance. Bring the ball straight up so your shooting hand faces the basket. Jump straight up and shoot a jump shot. Direct your head, shoulders, shooting hand, and fingers toward the basket to counter any tendency to lean your head and shoulders back on your shot. Hold your follow-through straight up until the ball goes through the net.

Drive Baseline Step-Back Jump Shot