Teaching the art of the basketball shot fake is a crucial skill for all basketball coaches to have. One of the most popular triple threat moves is the shot fake. While it is one of the most popular moves, it is quite uncommon for the move to be taught properly at the middle and high school levels. That is why I am going to breakdown the proper movements and the common mistakes when using the shot fake.
Staying low, is highly important in having a proper shot fake. Staying low while you are stationary, using your shot fake, and while you are on the move from the shot fake is very important for having a successful shot fake.
The lower you are, the quicker you are
Most players do not have a low base, or are not in an athletic position while performing this move. Players often raise there hips as they move the ball upwards, causing them to not be in an explosive position where they can utilize there first step quickness to blow past a defender. After using your shot fake you want your shoulder to be at the defenders hips as you are blowing past them. The higher level you play at, the more the game is based on speed and quickness and not staying low while shot faking defeats what we are preaching.
Correcting Common Mistakes
If your player has a problem staying low, while being stationary and using a shot fake then you want to have them start with a low base and in an athletic position. As they bring the ball upwards, put your hands on their shoulders and put light pressure forcing them to stay low. As they move the ball upwards towards their forehead teach them to never raise their hips out of athletic position.
If your player has a problem staying low while moving off the dribble out of the shot fake there are two simple ways to correct it:
- After selling the shot fake have the player use the hand that is not dribbling the basketball to touch the floor with their fingers as they make their first dribble towards the rim.
- Stand in front of the player with your arms out wide slightly below shoulder level. After selling the shot fake have the player go under your arms keeping their shoulder at your hip level.