Basketball Shooting Drill
The Spin Dribble to a Power Drive

Some of the best basketball shooting drills are the simplest, allowing players to focus on fundamental skills and simple power moves which can make the biggest difference in the game. Such is this drill, providing practice for developing clean, strong moves to the hoop, along with the ability to react appropriately as the situation changes.

And this is a drill players can practice on their own outside of regular practices - it requires no additional equipment, just a ball and a hoop.

The focus of the drill is not just on shooting skills but on ball handling as well, as the emphasis is on evading a defensive player and driving strong to the hoop.

Ensure as you set up and coach players through this drill that you emphasize that this needs to be practiced as if the player is guarded tightly - dribbling low, with the player's body between the ball and the defender/key and the free hand protecting the ball at all times. When players make the spin move, they stay low and explode out of the spin to drive hard to the hoop.

Like everything else, with practice these skills improve, but there is no point in practicing bad habits - enforce proper form in all skills drills.

Perfect practice makes perfect, and in this case, it makes an excellent power drive.

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Basketball Shooting Drill
Spin Dribble to a Power Drive

  • Starting on the wing at the foul line extended, the player first takes a step toward the baseline and then crosses over to drive at the foul line, moving as quickly but in as controlled a fashion as he can.
  • When he reaches the cone / coach, he jabs his inside foot at the inside edge of the cone / inside foot of the coach, executes a quick spin dribble, and then explodes to the basket.
  • The drive to the basket should require only two steps, and finish with a power layup.
  • Players get their own rebound and then go to the opposite side to perform the same drill from the other side.

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Basketball Shooting Drill
Coaching Points

  • Practice under control conditions - as if the player is tightly guarded. Stay low, guard the ball at all times, head up to see the floor
  • Always keep the ball away from the defense - this means, when the player is driving from the right as in the diagram above, he dribbles first with his left hand, and then switches to his right when he executes the spin dribble, keeping the ball in his right hand as he drive to the hoop; and the opposite from the other side
  • The assumption is that the player's defender beats him to the foul line, and the spin dribble is in reaction to this, to free him from the defender
  • On the spin dribble, the player pins his defender behind him when he jabs that inside foot at the defender's inside foot. Thus the jab is very important for the move to work in real play.
  • Explode to the hoop.

Like I said, it's a simple basketball shooting drill, but effective in developing a powerful move to the hoop.

For weaker ball handlers they will find this difficult at first, but as there is little complexity involved, this should serve as a good opportunity for them to develop a quick spin move.

And don't be afraid to mix it up a little with the moves being used - the spin dribble works in this case because it allows the player to pin his defensive man on his back and open up a drive to the hoop, but you could have them use a crossover or behind the back dribble as well, or have them perform a baby hook shot or straight-forward layup instead of the power layup.

Again, the overall purpose is to improve basic fundamentals - always enforce proper form and fundamentals, and it is tough to go wrong with this drill.

“Positioning, anticipation and technique create quickness. Therefore, you can always get quicker.”

– Don Meyer

Looking for something more visual?

Try UMass Head Coach Derek Kellogg's video package of drills