July 13, 2007, Newsletter Issue #304: The No-Step Layup

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There are a few different layups. Check out these drills to improve your layup technique.

The ball starts waist high and feet are shoulder width apart.  If you are right-handed, place your left foot one step forward.  If your are left-handed, place your right foot one step forward.  Put your right hand on top of the ball.  If you are left-handed, the left hand is on top.  As you step with your forward foot, move the ball up and the back leg forward and up.  Do not bring the back foot down.  Your arms should be fully extended, the back leg is forward with the thigh horizontal and the foot off the floor.  Square up to the painted rectangle on the backboard and shoot the ball.  The ball is not to touch the floor.  Retrieve your own rebound and return to where you started.  Practice this drill for five minutes and switch sides.

One Dribble Layup

You begin on the right side.  Right-handers take one step with the right foot along with one low dribble.  Left-handers start with the left foot along with one low dribble.  Grab the ball with both hands and take a one step layup.  Rebound the ball and dribble back to the line.  Make sure you are dribbling the ball low to the ground and your head is up.  Practice this drill on the right, left and center for five minutes in each position.

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