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How to Do a Spin Move in Basketball

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Added: ᎧᎦᎵ 21, 2012
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This iSport Lesson teaches basketball players how to do a spin move.
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Going around a defender is usually easier than going through a defender. This iSport lesson will teach you how to pe... See More

Going around a defender is usually easier than going through a defender. This iSport lesson will teach you how to perform a basketball spin move. The spin move, or spin dribble, when used correctly, allows the ball handler to spin around his defender for a shot, or a pass. Here's how a spin move would work for a right handed player. If you're a lefty, simply use the opposite directions. To perform a spin move, take a powerful dribble before meeting your defender, keep the ball low, and lower your left shoulder into the defender. Dropping your shoulder closes your body to the defender, and makes it look like you're driving to your right, before you spin in the opposite direction. Which should help you create space. Dribble hard with your right hand and plant with your left foot, so that your body weight shifts to your front leg. Heel pivot with your left foot by keeping your toes in the air and your heel on the ground. Push off your right toe to rotate your body, so your back is turned to, or making contact with, the defender. As you swing your right leg out of your spin, get ready to explode off the ball of your right foot. Keep your spin tight, so that your right foot slides near your plant foot. You don't want to swing your right leg out too wide, or lift your plant foot. If you keep the ball in your right hand for the entire spin move, make sure you protect the ball by keeping it close to your body. Maintain a tight grip on the ball, and keep your hand near the top of it, in order to avoid a carrying violation. You can also switch hands mid-spin, by dribbling the ball once, and picking it back up with your outside hand. This is the ideal technique, because it protects the ball from the defender once you come out of your spin. Once you've completed the spin, push off your right foot and look for an open teammate to pass to, or drive to the hoop to take a shot. Let's go over what we've covered. The spin move starts with a powerful dribble, a fake move like you're driving into the defender, then a quick spin around that defender. It's very important to move quickly out of the spin, as you'll only have a brief moment where the defender will be off-guard. Start by practicing the spin move slowly, then when you have the process down, work on increasing your speed.

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