This move can help establish your pivot foot after a catch while also creating separation and squaring you to the basket.
When a teammate passes you the ball during a basketball game, you might need to worry about more than shooting.
As you gain possession of the ball or end your dribble, you must stay balanced and under control when you establish your pivot foot. Your pivot foot must stay planted to avoid a traveling violation.
If a defender is pressuring you after the catch, you may need to establish a pivot foot while trying to create separation from your opponent. The reverse pivot can help you accomplish this.
A reverse pivot is a turn with your non-pivot foot that squares yourself to the rim. To work on your reverse pivot, try adding this drill to your workout:
- Start from the block area just to the left of the basket.
- Face away from the end line while standing on the lane line. Flip the ball in front of you from the block area to the elbow area.
- Move toward the ball to catch it after it bounces up from the ground. As you catch the ball, come to a jump stop.
- Establish your left foot as your pivot foot.
- Keep that foot planted and reverse turn with your right foot going behind your body so that you’re square to the rim and facing the basket.
- Keep the ball protected in your shot pocket, ready to make a play for yourself or your teammates.
Having the ability to reverse pivot off either foot is a skill every player should master. Make sure you practice this drill on both sides of the lane to have complete control over your feet.
Looking for a drill to work on defensive skills, footwork and conditioning? Then check out the Two-Man Getaway Drill.