Tips on Playing Basketball

BY RICK TORBETT, Lead Instructor at www.BetterBasketball,com © 2006
Published 9 December 2006

Advanced Lay-Ups

Rick Torbett Lead Instructor at BetterBasketball.comThe fundamental way to shoot a lay-up on the right side is to use the right hand and jump off the left foot. One the left side, the fundamental way is to use the left hand and jump off the right foot. These are fundamental from a mechanical standpoint, as it allows you to extend as high as possible. In addition, they’re fundamental from a basketball standpoint; because assuming the defender is on the inside, you’re keeping your body between the defender and the ball.

But real games are not lay-up lines. Real games are random, fast paced, and unpredictable! You’re cutting at odd angles, and your defender isn’t in the same position every time. And if you’re cutting to the goal, the ball is rarely passed with perfect timing for your steps to reach the goal in the right sequence for a "fundamental" lay-up.

So if the pass is a little off, what do you do? Taking an extra step would be a violation and a traveling call. Slowing down and taking an extra dribble would give the defense time to catch you, recover, and potentially block or change your shot.

Therefore, once you've mastered the fundamental lay-up, start adding these advanced lay-ups or PRO LAY-UPS to your training:

On the right side, jump off and shoot with:

Left foot right hand (fundamental lay-up)

Left foot left hand

Right foot left hand

Right foot right hand

While still on the right side, go under the goal for a reverse lay-up with these combinations:

Left foot right hand

Left foot left hand

Right foot left hand

Right foot right hand

That's eight different lay-ups, but you’re not finished! Move to the left side and go through the same combinations, for another eight combinations.

And there’s still more! Since you dribbled into the above lay-ups, practice them while on the move, catching a pass and using no dribbles. You can spin yourself a pass or have a friend throw it to you. Just catch, take your two steps, and go up. So that's another sixteen lay-ups for you to work on, for a total of 32.

You’ll be surprised at how quickly you can train yourself to control your body. And once you’ve mastered these lay-ups, no unorthodox situation will take you by surprise!

(By the way, we’re not going to cover two foot lay-ups in this tip. You are more than welcome to add 2-foot lay-ups to the advanced lay-ups if you need the practice. But going off two feet usually means you've come under control from a half-court situation and need to go off two feet in order to draw contact or shift your body to avoid a charge. But the advanced lay-ups in this tip are meant to be at full-speed, imitating a fast break, where all you need to do is get to the rim as efficiently as possible from the moment you pick up the dribble or catch the pass.)

And by the way, Advanced Lay-Ups are also covered in depth on www.BetterBasketball.Com’s 7th video, Scoring Without the Ball with Jason Kidd, and Nancy Lieberman.

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