The Forgotten Lay Up Situation (Includes Drill)

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When you work on lay ups or finishing, it's VERY important to practice a bunch of different situations.

And you should spend a lot of time practicing lay ups against live defenders. This is one of the best ways to improve your finishing skills.

You should also vary your 1v1 drills.

This includes:

  • Finishing against help defense.
  • Finishing against a defender that is trailing you.
  • Varying the angles and distance of the approaching defender.

However, if you're not careful, you can forget to include (or not practice enough) one of the most common situations for finishing at the basket...

It's when you drive to the basket.

During games, you don't simply just blow by the defender every time. Most times, the defender is on your hip or even slightly in front of you, so you need to practice this!

However, a lot of 1v1 finishing drills forget to include this frequently occurring situation. When I first started incorporating 1v1 drills to improve individual scoring skills, I personally forgot to do this as well.

Here is a great drill that you can use to work on this.

This video clip is from Jim Huber's Next Level Finishing Moves.

What do you think? Let us know by leaving your comments, suggestions, and questions...


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Jeremy says:
11/17/2017 at 11:16:33 AM

I use a 1 on 1 layup drill that has both players begin on the baseline (2 lines about 5 feet apart). Guy on outside has the ball while guy on inside is a defender. Both players start on go. Ballhandler dribbles to almost halfcourt while defender runs and touches halfcourt. This usually allows defender to be in hot pursuit as ball handler now turns and dribbles hard to the basket and tries to convert layup under pressure.


Lachlan says:
11/17/2017 at 1:31:43 AM

Looks great going to use it from half way as well.

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Simon benedicta says:
5/3/2022 at 8:08:47 AM



Peter says:
11/16/2017 at 8:38:22 PM

Thanks, nice easy drill, and very effective.
I look forward to all your post's. as they help me look good as a coach.


Mark says:
11/16/2017 at 2:46:29 PM

love the drill. work it from both sides!


Tom says:
11/16/2017 at 1:16:00 PM

Excellent drill for any age group. Keep them coming.


Ruth Grant says:
11/16/2017 at 10:11:54 AM

Thanks! Great drill and must confess guilty as charged for not working this layup situation. I like it for its flexibility as well - working different types of finishes, learning to rip the ball, first contact and the defense gets to work as well even if it isn't the primary objective of the drill. Going to use it next training and forwarding to other coaches on the team. Thanks, Breakthrough, for helping us become better coaches and thus developing our players!


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