Basketball Moves: Ball Fake

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Fool the defender,then dribble past them. Learn how to get your opponent off-balance in this free basketball lesson from an experienced player.

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Alright, the next move we'll discuss in the post up moves is the ball fake. Once you receive the ball in the post, it's good to give your defender a ball fake, be it right or left, so they, to distract your defender. Show you what I mean, call for the ball, make sure you're low, have a sense of where your defender is, and if you want to go left, you'll fake right, then go left. If you want to go to this side, you'll fake the opposite way. Call for the ball, fake, dribble. One more time. Pay, pay attention to my body position where I receive the ball and where my defender is, I have a good sense of where my defender is by either leaning back, or just looking, ok. Before I give the fake, I'm know where I'm a go, if I'm going this way, I'll fake to throw my defender off, then dribble around. One more time. The quicker you move the better. And, that's basic post up moves, ball fake. Ok, the next thing we'll discuss is the basic stance in the post up positioning and what you'll want to do is make yourself, have your feet at least shoulder length apart, bend your knees, have, have a sense or idea where your defender will be even if you're using an imaginary defender just for practice. Ok, get low, not too low like when you're dribbling but stand a little bit taller since you're in the post, and put your hands up when you're ready for the ball, to call for the ball. And once you receive the ball in the post, it's either; it's good to look to see where your defender is or lean back to get a sense of their location. Ok, and good positioning is always keep the ball away from your defender, ok. So its, you can either keep it out here or inside close to your body, even when you're dribbling, when you take your dribble make sure the ball stays in between you and your defender ok. And that's basic post up positioning.

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