Man to Man Defense Video and Secrets to Improve Ball Pressure

As we explain in our man to man defense video, ball pressure is one of the critical keys to a great team defense...

The "right" kind of defensive ball pressure can help you win more games and lower your opponents shooting percentage!


  1. The only player that can score is the person with the ball. So you better apply pressure and make it extremely difficult for them to score!

  2. By applying the right amount of ball pressure, you make it difficult for the person with the ball to make accurate passes. For example, if you play too far back, it's much easier for the offense to make accurate passes into the post and pick apart your defense! This is a subtle key to a good defense.

  3. Applying good ball pressure can cause turnovers.

  4. Applying good ball pressure can take the offense out of their comfort zone and lower your opponents shooting percentage!

To learn how you can apply better ball pressure and take your opponent out of their comfort zone, check out this great video by Bruce Bowen:

This video includes some great tricks and tips for players and coaches...

If you'd like to learn more about developing a great man to man defense and how to lower your opponents shooting percentage, check out our complete defensive instructional system.

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


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rinku dutta says:
12/18/2016 at 1:27:06 AM

that''s helpfull


hunter baxter says:
9/30/2016 at 7:56:14 PM

Thanks alot for this video i think it will really help me with my defense as i stat getting ready for the 2016-17 basket season thank you and good luck to all you basketball players out there getting ready for basketball


Jude v. says:
7/15/2016 at 11:38:25 AM

i nned help with my mid-range jumper do you have any thing to help me with that


Ken Sartini says:
2/4/2014 at 10:08:20 AM

Annon -

What if you just copied and pasted the link to your assignemnt - the video is up and running now.

You could google m2m pressure defense - that might take you to a different site that has a video not connected to you tube?

Hope this helps.


Annon says:
2/4/2014 at 9:29:13 AM

Why is the video spot blank? I need it for a school assignment and youtube is blocked at my school. What should I do?


Joe Haefner says:
3/5/2012 at 4:19:37 PM

Robert, try this link instead:


Robert says:
3/5/2012 at 12:20:32 PM

There is a blank white space where video should be.


Gary says:
11/8/2011 at 4:09:34 PM

Appreciate the great instructional video


Jeff Haefner says:
3/14/2011 at 7:01:15 AM

I just show them situations in practice where they can do those type of things. Then when they do it, I verbally reward and encourage them. If you emphasize it, players will do it. However at that age level, I wouldn't be too concerned with that. Most of your time should be spent teaching offensive fundamentals like footwork, dribbling, etc.


Kim Smith says:
3/12/2011 at 4:59:55 PM

Girl''s basketball with 3rd and 4th graders, man to man defense, is it something you teach the girls to grab the ball out of the girl''s hand?


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