Defenders get less practice stopping players who can dribble to the left.
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Finishing efficiently around the basket requires the ability to get to the hoop and the skills to make a layup once you get there. Learn the fundamentals of the layup to gain many of the tools you need to be a good finisher. Once you've got the basics down, practice more advanced layup techniques and master playing with both hands to make your inside game even more difficult to defend.
Jump off your right foot and shoot the layup with your left hand when approaching the basket from the left side. Conversely, jump off your left foot and shoot with your right hand when approaching a layup from the right side of the basket.2.
Jump up toward the rim instead of jumping horizontally when you approach the basket at high speed. This slows your momentum and makes it much easier to finish the layup, while your sudden change of speed can throw off defenders and create fouls.3.
Extend your arm up toward the basket. Push the ball off of your fingertips to finish with a normal, overhand layup. Alternately, approach with your palm up and flick your wrist gently to propel an underhand scoop layup toward the basket. Release the ball at the top of your jump.4.
Bounce your layup off the top corner of the rectangle on the backboard. Hitting the corner of the rectangle from close range directs the ball toward the basket.
Practice dribbling with your non-dominant hand. Being able to dribble with both hands makes it easier to change directions, gives you more potential paths to reach the basket and makes you much harder to defend.2.
Learn the art of making shots by spinning the ball off of the backboard. Stand under the hoop and observe how clockwise and counterclockwise rotation affects your left-handed and right-handed layups, then practice putting spin on your layups during practice until you feel comfortable spinning in shots from varied angles.3.
Shoot a reverse lay-up instead of a regular lay-up to put the rim between you and a trailing shot blocker. Shoot the layup straight up off the backboard as soon as you reach the far side of the rim, snapping your wrist toward the basket as you release to put strong backspin on it. When the ball hits the backboard, the backspin turns the shot in the direction of the hoop.4.
Pass instead of shooting when you attract a double team near the basket. If two opponents are covering you, then one of your teammates must be wide open for a shot. Choosing to pass instead of shoot when you're well defended improves your finishing percentage and makes the other team think twice before doubling again in the future.