A Shooting Drill and 5 Critical Tips To Beat Your Defender Off The Catch

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In this video, NBA trainer Don Kelbick discusses five tips that help your defender off the catch.

These tips will get you more open jump shots and more lay ups.

1 - Think Shot

If you aren't a threat to shoot the basketball, the defense has no reason to closely guard you. Thus, making it hard to beat the defense and score.

So when you catch it, always "Think Shot."

2 - Rip Below Knees

Ripping below the knees helps you keep the ball from the reaches of a defender, so they don't steal the ball from you.

It also gives you momentum to explode by and beat the defender.

3 - Hips Down

Dropping your hips puts you in a stronger, balanced position, so you're not easily knocked off your path. This allows you to be faster by attacking in straight lines.

It also puts you in a position to produce more force, so you can accelerate by the defense.

4 - Shoulders Below The Defender's Hips

Like the tip above, this puts you in a position that helps you explode forward past the defense.

5 - Attack Past Defender

You want to get the dribble past the defender, so you can pin the defender on your backside. Once you have the defender there, you own them.

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Coach Chris says:
9/22/2020 at 10:12:40 AM

Like the drill. In the video, is the player not traveling? Is he not supposed to pivot on his right, rip the ball through, and get around his defender using his left foot and right hand dribble? Thank you.

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Jeff Haefner says:
9/22/2020 at 12:27:48 PM

Yes the youngster did travel on the first couple reps. With more reps and after getting comfortable, the travels go away. But like anything, that's something coaches need to keep an eye on. At first with a new drill we're not worried, it almost always works itself out with a few more reps and more comfort. If not, coaches should correct.


Guinness Rider says:
9/4/2017 at 10:19:06 AM

Rip = sweep

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Joe Haefner says:
9/5/2017 at 8:21:52 AM

The rip is the upper body movement involving the ball.

The sweep is the footwork movement.

You sweep and rip the ball.

You can also step through (a different footwork counter) and rip the ball.


Joe Haefner says:
9/5/2017 at 8:23:51 AM

Also, the video above does a step through footwork counter with the rip.


James Allen jr. says:
9/4/2017 at 8:27:40 AM

Should I know what ''ripping'' means? It''s not plain English... and I've never used it in 40 years of basketball... maybe I should watch the video now?

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Joe Haefner says:
9/5/2017 at 8:19:30 AM

It's when you swing the ball from one side of the body to the other side.

For example, you catch the ball, you might hold the ball on the left side of your body to protect from the defender.

However, you see an advantage to drive right. So you swing the ball from your left side of your body to the right side of your body.

As you know, in order to get the ball to the opposite side of the body without the defense stealing it, you need to swing it aggressively across your body. And it's best to do it low (below the knees) or high (across the forehead) to keep it away from the defender's hands.

I think people say "rip" as it expresses aggression.


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