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  • Need to finish over the bigger defender when you drive the lane? Break out the Floater!

  • Hey Team Shot Science! Coach Tom here and today I want to show you a deadly move that

  • will allow you to finish in the lane, over the other team's bigs.

  • Now this move goes by many names; the Floater, the Tear Drop, the Runner, and sometimes even

  • the Giant Killer

  • But it's very basic purpose is to get the shot off a moment before the challenging defender

  • has a chance to meet you and block the ball, while also slowing your forward momentum so

  • you don't cause a charging foul by running into them.

  • Okay, so lets get down to business on how to perform this move.

  • To begin with, you'll have to beat your defender and have them trailing you.

  • And if you need help with getting that done, check out our "offensive moves playlist"

  • first and then jump right back into this video.

  • So your man's trailing you and you're attacking the lane.

  • All's good until you see that the big from the other team is stepping up and is getting

  • ready to challenge your drive.

  • At this point, you'll have to make the decision to take them all the way to the basket and

  • finish strong, or catch them off guard and hit them with a floater.

  • So lets assume that you've decided on the floater; you're going to need to consider

  • two take-off methods. One footed or two footed.

  • Both approaches require that you start your finishing footwork well before you get within

  • range of the closing defender.

  • But for this video, we're just going to cover the one-footed take-off, and if you'd

  • like to see the two footed variation, give this video a thumbs up.

  • Okay, for the one-foot takeoff, you're going to use the same "Run-Up" with the

  • 1-2-&Up footwork that we teach in the Layups 101 video

  • You can essentially think of it like executing layup-footwork, but further away from the

  • basket and with the intention of slowing your forward momentum.

  • Now if you're going to shoot the ball with your right hand, you're right foot should

  • be the first step, or the "One Count," after your final pick-up dribble.

  • Your next step, the "Two Count," will then be with your left foot, which we call

  • the "Launch Foot" because you're going to be jumping off of it, up into the shot.

  • As you elevate the ball, you should swing up your shooting-side knee almost as if it's

  • attached to your shooting elbow with a piece of string.

  • Try to make this jumping motion as straight up and down as possible to try to eliminate

  • your forward momentum.

  • This will allow you more of a cushion between the defender, so you have time to get the

  • ball off, and will stop you from charging into them and picking up an offensive foul.

  • The last thing you want to do is come flying in full speed. Stay under control.

  • Now for the actual shot release, you want to loft the ball up with a very soft touch

  • and try to limit the rotation by dialing back your typical follow-through.

  • Just keep in mind that in this seemingly tense situation, you want to remain relaxed.

  • It's also required that you add a good amount of arc on the ball, to ONE) get it over the

  • defender's outstretched hands and TWO) give the ball a higher percentage chance of falling

  • through the hoop with a swish or a friendly bounce.

  • Just remember to slow your forward motion with proper footwork, focus on the nest as

  • your target, and have a soft touch!

  • So that's the Floater or the Runner. If you would like to see the two-footed variation,

  • you can click right up here.

  • I'd also suggest you check out our "Finishes at the Rim" video so that you have several

  • other options that you can use when you get down into the lane. You can click right here

  • for that.

  • Alright, stick around for our "Comment-Question" in just a second, but if you liked this video

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Need to finish over the bigger defender when you drive the lane? Break out the Floater!

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Secrets to the FLOATER! | How to shoot a Floater, Runner, Teardrop -- Shot Science Basketball

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