Introduction: A layup is an important part of the game of basketball, because it is the most common shot in the game. These step by step instructions will show you how to correctly perform it through proper technique and practice. A basic knowledge of the rules of basketball, and a general understanding of how the sport is played is necessary before learning how to do layup. Learning how to successfully do a layup will give you a head start on playing basketball for the first time. Once you can do this, you will be able to score an easy two points with every layup.
Disclaimer: Consult your physician before doing any new form of physical activity. If you experience any pain, nausea, dizziness, or weakness while doing this physical activity, stop the exercise and consult your physician.
A basketball (men’s or women’s size)
A basketball hoop with a backboard
Tennis shoes with good traction
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Step 1: Where to Stand
Begin by standing on the 3-point line (about 24 feet out from rim) facing the hoop on the right side of the court. To get a good angle to the right side of the hoop, stand on the right side of the 3-point line at a 45 degree angle to the hoop.
Step 2: Dribble the Ball
Bend your knees in an athletic stance, and begin dribbling the ball with your right hand towards the rim. Dribble slowly the first few times.
Step 3: Prepare to Shoot the Ball
Once you are about 10 feet from the hoop, pick up the ball simultaneously with your right foot on the ground, left foot off the ground. This may feel awkward the first few times.
Step 4: Get the Correct Form
Your next step is with your left foot on the ground and right foot off the ground (this is not a travel). This is when you will begin to raise your right arm towards the hoop with the ball in your right hand. You can gently place your left hand next to the ball if needed to help balance the ball. You will not use the left hand once you get to the actual shot. Think of an imaginary string attached from the bottom of your elbow to the top of your knee- as your right arm goes up, so does your right leg.
Step 5: Shoot the Ball
Once your right arm with the ball is in the air along with your right leg, this is when you will shoot the ball at the backboard (You are aiming at the square on the backboard behind the rim. The bounce off the backboard will put the ball through the hoop in an easy motion.) A simple flick of the wrist will send the ball up towards the backboard. You want the ball to gently hit the top right corner of the square, which will allow the ball to go straight through the net.
Step 6: Repeat Steps 1-6
Once you have this motion down, go slowly a couple of times. Once you get the hang of it, speed up from the 3 point line. Instead of making slow steps, you’re going to want to jump on the last step (right arm up with right leg up). This will allow you to shoot over defenders in the game.
Step 7: Layups on the Left Side
Repeat steps 1-6, but first begin on the left side of the court. Alternate legs while doing step 3-4, and if possible shoot with your left arm.
Step 8: Practice, Practice, Practice!
Learning to do a complete layup takes lots of practice. You should shoot 50 layups with each hand everyday to master the skill.