Step-back for the Basketball Jump Shot
Using the step-back is one more way to free yourself in basketball to get your jump shot off. As with all the best moves in basketball the step-back for the basketball jump shot allows footwork to get you free rather than using the dribble. Check out how it’s done.
The Step-back Is not a Fall-away Jump Shot
The step back is a move that everybody should know how to do properly. A step back is not to be mistaken with the fade away. To properly do a step back you want to look like you’re driving to the basket so the defender will guard you low with his hands toward the ground. After you convince them that you’re driving on them you want to take your inside foot and push backwards. Drop back a couple of feet, rise up for the jump shot, straight up and straight down.
If you do this properly the defender will have no chance to contest your shot, but first you have to sell that defender on the fact that you’re going to drive. The step back also sets up other things as well. If you do a step back the defender will try to come out and contest your shot which leaves them off balance, and you can keep your dribble alive and take it by them. Just remember that the farther out you go the more difficult a step back is.
You have to make sure that you’re low on the dribble while on the step back and low going into the shot to get enough power to get the shot to the basket without forcing it. So make sure that you take these shots well within your range. Also, this is a shot that demands a lot of practice.