The 2 and 2 Shooting Drill

This is one of my favorite competitive shooting drills that I like to use with my shooters.   I really like it because you have to stay focused for every repetition in order to make 2 in a row in order to advance.  Also, due the timing and competitive aspect of it, the shooter is motivated to take every shot at game speed.   I’m sure you’ll agree that it’s better to have 50 focused repetitions at game speed than to have 500 mindless repetitions at half speed.   It also improves conditioning drill as your shooter is taking shots all over the court for 2 minutes straight.   You can use this drill as a warm up drill or a fun way to end a workout or practice.
This drill features one shooter and one rebounder/passer. Mark 5 spots on the court. The shooter will have 2 minutes to make 2 shots in a row from each of the 5 spots. Once the shooter makes 2 in a row, he/she can rotate clockwise to the next spot.
Frame 1
When completes the first 5 spots, the shooter will travel in counter-clockwise rotation top repeat the process at the same 5 spots. All told, the shooter will have to make 2 in a row from ten total positions on the court. If he/she finishes within 2 minutes, the shooter will sprint to the top of the key and have the remaining time to make as many shots as possible before the time runs out.
Frame 2
Set your shooting spots in appropriate positions based on your players' skill level. Add competition by seeing who can make the most shots or finish in the fewest attempts. Emphasis Points:   Hands Ready – You want to have your hands up with a target for the passer.  You want to show them exactly where you want the ball.  I prefer the stomach area.   Ball In The Air / Feet In The Air – As the ball is coming towards you, you want to step or hop into your shot, so your feet are set as soon as the ball reaches your finger tips. This will help you shoot the ball more quickly.   Step to the Goal – To make your shot more accurate and your shooting footwork  more consistent, step or hop straight to the goal on every shot.  Also, since you created momentum or inertia to the basket, it will make it easier to get the shot to the basket and have that “shooter’s touch.”  This momentum will also improve your shooting range.       Coaching Tips:   Work With Larger Groups - If you work with larger groups, you may have to include multiple groups at the basket.    Make It More Game-Like – If you want to make it more game-like, you can add an extra player for a total of 3 players.  1 rebounder, 1 passer, and 1 shooter.  You would simply position the passer on the perimeter from spots that the shooter would normally receive the pass.  However, since you can get shots up more quickly, you’ll probably want to track the score separately from the 2-person drill.   Also, if you offense has a lot of “kick-out” passes.. where you penetrate and pass the ball out to the perimeter, there is no need to adjust the drill as the passing angle would be similar. Related Resources: Breakthrough Shooting Camps Ray Allen Shooting Drill Free Shooting Drills & Workouts




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Rob says:
7/24/2015 at 2:35:27 PM

Brian is correct regarding the footwork, and actually, if referees called the game accurately, most of the shots taken with the demonstrated footwork would be called traveling because after the catch with one or both feet on the floor establishing a pivot foot, the player hops - meaning two feet off the floor after the pivot foot is set = travel.

Also, for a straight on shot for a right hander the footwork should be left foot to the floor when the ball hits the hands, followed by the right foot. Right foot is the lead foot when on the inside moving from right to left.

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Brian says:
7/20/2015 at 11:21:26 AM

After 11 yrs professional ball and 8 yrs working with elite players.....Ball In The Air / Feet In The Air? Are you kidding this is horrible to teach! I see more and more of this in youth basketball especially on the girls side. I have to spend more time fixing footwork in younger kids (14-19) Kids start drifting, no able to control there momentum.

I have had the privilege over my career to work with some of the best player coaches and not one of them had I ever worked on Ball in the Air /Feet in the Air! It was always the 1-2 inside foot closets to the rim pivot. Allows you to stabilize and shoot off the run, to step and fade if the defender over plays the screen and then allows for one on the floor to rim on a curl if the defender trails. All creating separation, stability and quickness without wasting unneeded effort. In basketball you beat your opponent with footwork!

I see more than ever especially in the youth AAU kids not having the needed fundamentals to build that solid base on to grow with.

It should be taught 1-2 closest foot to the rim is the pivot. Now don't get me wrong there is a time and place for the quick hop but shouldn't be the beef of the shooting footwork.

The game never changes only the situation does!

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Joe Haefner says:
7/20/2015 at 12:30:57 PM

Brian, tell me how you really feel. :)

You could be right...

Our approach is to teach both the 1-2 step and the hop because different coaches have different philosophies. For the kids we train, we can't control what coaches they will have and what shooting philosophies they will teach.

Whether it's hopping or 1-2 step, we always talk about taking your momentum to the basket... so we don't really have many issues with drifting.

We also emphasize quick feet and getting into your shooting rhythm as quickly as possible no matter what happen footwork you choose.

We also believe that there are situations in which you might use different footwork depending on all sorts of factors including... cut in proximity of basket, location of pass, and timing of pass.


At the same time, you will even have different beliefs and opinions from Breakthrough contributors and coaches.

Don Kelbick believes in the 1-2 step. You aren't going to see me argue with him with the success he's had developing players.

Thanks for the comment!

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Connor Erwin says:
7/8/2015 at 12:09:17 PM

Really cool drill! I like the competitiveness that it brings out in the players. I will have to use this in my educational videos!

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