Week 8 Part B
We’re now ready to train our 1-2 pivot-square-up footwork. This means we will approach all four of our shots from an angle, stop and pivot on one foot, in order to square up to the goal and shoot.
Now, it’s not necessary that you approach the shot at 90 degrees. You can approach it at more of a 45-degree angle in the beginning and then increase the angle, as you get comfortable.
This is one of the most difficult shots off the move if you’re going to shoot it quick. And that’s what the 1-2 is for. You’re not separating from your defender. You’re not trying to cover more ground the way you do with a hop, or a side-hop, or a hop-back. You’re going from horizontal to vertical as quickly as you can – before your defender can stop and get a hand up.
Now, that’s where you’re headed with this footwork. Right now, while we are acquiring the skill, we are NOT adding speed or quickness to the action. I’m looking for you to hit your mark, pivot square-up without over or under-rotating, and get a feel for the rhythm of this action. We’ll add speed, quickness, and some cleverness to this shot later on. In other words, we’re forging the knife at the moment. Later, we’ll put a razor edge on it!
Alright, let’s get started. I warmed up with a little review of last week’s homework to see where they are.
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