The lay-up shot is one of the most commonly used techniques and you don’t have to be 6 feet tall to find the net. Step 1 The overall aim of the lay-up is to drive towards the basket and score off the backboard. Dribbling to the net from the side of the court should give you the space needed to make the jump. Step 2 Transfer all your weight onto the front leg. If you are right-handed this will be your left leg or if you are left-handed it will be your right leg.
Bending the knee will help provide the spring needed.
Step 3 Launch yourself off your forward leg, and thrust your arms upwards towards the net to prepare for the shot. Aim to jump towards the side off the basket and at the top of your leap, roll the ball out your shooting hand. Step 4 Try and lay the ball softly on to the backboard, hit the top corner of the rectangle on your side of the basket Mechanics of the lay-up There are biomechanical movements that take place when performing the lay-up.
In the preparation stage there is an important transfer of weight. You must transfer all your weight onto the front leg. If you are right-handed this will be your left leg or if you are left-handed it will be your right leg. Bending the knee will help provide the spring needed.
This is known as “maximum force application” meaning you can get a powerful leap, upwards, towards the basket.
To get “maximum force application” you have to use your legs and arms to generate the force needed to get sufficient height to make the lay-up shot easier and give adequate arm extension. There is also friction being generated between my clients’ trainers and the court surface. This gives you grip. The lay-up shot is a shot where you bring your hands above your head while you are in mid air.
You have your hands above your head in the air with the ball is to raise your centre of gravity which will allow you to stay in the air for longer this is known as your “hang time” and also so the ball doesn’t have to drive as far to the basket, this enables you to more precise and accurate with the shot by laying the ball softly on to the backboard, trying to hit the top corner of the rectangle on your side of the basket. Angle of release also comes into this because you have to release the ball at its highest point in the jump, this means your hands should be above eye level.
Comparisons Client and Model Performer
My performer when I first tested him when performing the lay-up whilst he was in the air about to release the ball seem to swivel so when he was throwing the ball it wasn’t going where it was intended and wasn’t very accurate. Model Performers such as Michael Jordan do fancy lay-ups which include a swivel in it but there shots are precise and accurate. My client didn’t generate enough force from his legs which should enable him to push of the ground like a spring so this is harder to raise the centre of gravity therefore my client doesn’t have long in the air so the shot has to be rushed hence the reason for less amount of shots going in the basket. Whereas the likes of Michael Jordan know they have to generate effective force in his muscles so he can make more baskets and score more points for his team.
By him generating the power from his legs and transferring his weight evenly then Michael Jordan knows he can tower above the defenders. My clients’ momentum wasn’t very effective because he was under the basket when he started to do the lay-up so it wasn’t going where it was intended to go and the target area of the top corner of the rectangle wasn’t effective as my client couldn’t see it. Michael Jordan uses momentum to his advantage because he knows maximise speed for example when gaining fouls or evading the defence. My performer didn’t bend his knees after landing therefore he couldn’t keep his balance. Michael Jordan knows only too well that bending the knees acts as a shock absorber consequently is able to maintain his centre of gravity.