Off-Hand Shooting

So you’ve worked hard to beat the defensive player to the ball for an offensive rebound. You are five feet from the basket in a position to score easily but you don’t have enough confidence to make a shot with your off hand so you jump into the defender in an attempt to make space and put up a shot with your strong hand. As the ball misses or is blocked, you look to the referee to “bail you out” by calling a foul in your favor and when he doesn’t you gesture you were fouled making it seem he missed the call rather than you made a poor decision. OR you pass the ball out to “reset” the offense giving up on an immediate scoring opportunity.

If you really want to be a good baller you need to be able to finish around the basket with your off hand not just make an occasional off hand layup. The following drills and tips will strengthen your off hand and go a long way to making you a better baller.

WITH YOUR OFF HAND:

Stand two steps in front of the basket and, going up on your toes like a foul shot, make 10 shots From the same position, make 10 jump shots
Take two steps back and power dribble into a jump shot
Back to the basket, pivot to your off hand side and make the jump shot
Back to the basket, pivot to your off hand side and power dribble into a jump shot Back to the basket, drop step into a jump shot/layup
Back to the basket, pivot to your off hand side and make a hook shot Back to the basket, reverse pivot to your off hand side and make the jump shot
Back to the basket, reverse pivot to your off hand side and power dribble into a jump shot Back to the basket, reverse pivot to your off hand side and make a hook shot

Assume you’re shooting over their big man so use the back board on ALL shots.
That’s 10 shots from 10 shooting situations. That’s 100 made off hand shots if you make them all, but if you shoot 50%, you’ll have to take 200 shots.
OPTION: Make 5 shots in each scenario then move to the box on your off hand side and repeat You should be working on your off hand shooting al least once a week.

It goes without saying, you should be able to make all of these shots with your strong hand. Feel free to go through the same shots with your strong hand to improve your footwork.

Good form is a must when using your off hand.
Good form will help compensate for the lack of muscle memory and/or strength. Remember to keep those elbows in.
Breathe in on the gather or turn and breathe out on the shot. Remember to always “Square Up.

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