Shimmy Move to Freeze Your Defender in Basketball
Often just a small move will give you space to shoot your jump shot. This move, called the shimmy, is designed to freeze your defender for just an instant. The shimmy move to freeze your defender in basketball will allow you a bit of room, and if you have a quick release on your jump shot that’s all you need.
The Shimmy Move- Subtle but Effective
This move is basically a hesitation move with some flare. As you’re dribbling you want to hesitate by slowing down and making your defender think you’re going to put a move on him. As you are hesitating slightly rock your shoulders back and forth to give the impression that you might cross over but instead simply pull up for the jump shot. The key to this move is using your shoulders and your upper body to make the defender hesitates for a second. You just want to keep your defender off-balance enough for you to get clear for your jump shot.
What’s difficult about this move is that it is so quick and so subtle that maybe the casual observer will never even see you do it. What’s important is that the defender sees you doing it and any subtle move that you do with your shoulders, your chest or your feet will be seen and reacted to. Remember, the game as you advance becomes very quick, so that defender knows he has to react quickly to any movement that you should make. You’re just giving that defender a slight move and let them react to it.
So again make sure that you are practicing this move on your own but also trying it against other people. Experiment with it to see just how much shoulder shake to use. A good person to watch use this move is Kevin Durant.