Once again, we were very fortunate to get on the court with Coach Nick of Bball Breakdown to go over basketball shooting drills that incorporate the Dribble Drive Offense.
It's important to note how many more repetitions you can get as you practice these types of basketball shooting drillswith a basketball shooting machine. This is a great action to work on both during the season and in the off-season to become completely comfortable with so that it's easy to execute in a game.
The Dribble Drive offense or action can be seen in virtually every basketball game today. A great way to get quality shots during games is by attacking the basket with the dribble drive. Many times either the ball handler will have a lane to the rim or require a defender to rotate and help leaving an open shooter.
Check out how Coach Nick uses the Dr. Dish Basketball Shooting Machine to demonstrate game-like shooting drills to practice this action:
Attacking from the Split-Foot
The first key that Coach Nick goes over when running these drills is how to attack from a stand-still position. The most explosive way to do this is with the split-foot. The split-foot is essentially the same thing as catching on the hop except with one foot in front of the other to really explode off the dribble. The feet should still hit the floor at the same time - and make one sound - so that you don't travel. As Coach Nick states, it's important to get the knee over the top of your foot to be in the most explosive position possible.
The Dribble Pitch
Even if you execute the dribble drive action perfectly and the rotating player from the corner is wide open, it doesn't mean anything unless the pass/pitch is on target for the shooter. Coach Nick emphasizes that throwing the pass frantically is definitely not the right way. He mentions that planting the outside foot and pivoting so your body is protecting the ball is the most effective and safest way to pitch. Then, rather than throwing the ball, all you need to do is simply flick your wrists and toss the ball up for the cutter to easily catch and shoot.
The Hop vs. The 1-2
Coach Nick has always been a big proponent of shooting off "The Hop" as opposed to "The 1-2 step" because it is quicker and allows shooters to have the option of pivoting with either foot upon catching the ball. He demonstrates this belief especially with Right-Handed shooters moving to their left. This is because the right shoulder is already aligned with the hoop as they are moving. The Hop is much quicker and doesn't involve as much torque as swinging the body during The 1-2 step.
However, Coach Nick does acknowledge that The Hop might not be the best option when Right Handed shooters are moving to their right. This is because the shooter has to make an exaggerated turn in the air with a lot of torque that is not ideal for a shooter. In this case, it's best to plant your inside foot to anchor your body and gain balance. Then, you can swing your outside foot to gain "the turn" and get squared up to the hoop.
Track Your Progress
These are great basketball shooting drills for you and your team to work on during the off-season or in-season to work on the proper passing and footwork in order to execute correctly in the game. With Dr. Dish Basketball Shooting Machines, you can track your progress with these drills directly to your phone which can then be synced to our Coaches Database to see how you're improving.
Like these drills? Then you need to check out Flare Shooting with Coach Nick as well!