July 11, 2003, Newsletter Issue #118: PERMANENT PIVOT FOOT

Tip of the Week

In a "catch and shoot" situation. We feel that a player must KNOW if he is open before the catch, when he/she is on the move. If he KNOWS he is open, he should plant the inside foot and rise into the shot. As he is heading towards the pass and he plants the inside foot, and it squares you to the basket a lot faster and is probably more comfortable. Quickness is the key to getting off a good shot.
If there is any question that he is not open for a shot, he should establish his PERMANENT pivot foot and "free his shooting foot". This enables him to go into a "rocker series" of moves to attack the front foot(the one that is closest) of the defensive player. A permanent pivot foot simplifies the learning process, especially with younger players, and cuts the number of moves to learn in half. All other things being equal, the players with the best feet are the best players.

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