There are so many above the rim athletes in the game today. Russell Westbrook, LeBron James and Blake Griffin to name a few. These athletes explode to basket with a fearlessness like no other. Every time they jump it’s like a high powering rocket taking off into the sky. These athletes explode into every jump, sometimes jumping off one foot. Other times jumping off two. Do they have a preference? Is there a right or wrong way to jump? Jumping is very important in the game. We jump on every shot and to grab every rebound.
Jumping off one foot has been the norm since the beginnings of the game. Basketball players were taught if you shoot a right handed layup, jump off of the left foot. Jump of the right if you shoot a left hand layup. That was the standard in scoring. As the game evolved and transcendent athletes starting playing they needed more power. Jumping off two feet offered that craved power needed to play even higher than the rim. Athletes like Wilt Chamberlain to Julius Erving to Michael Jordan now LeBron James were jumping higher and higher. This created the buzz basketball has today. Still basketball traditionalists taught the original way to young players coming up. So which way is better for basketball player.
Jumping in Basketball – One or Two feet?
Jumping off one foot is still a positive in the game of basketball. It allows players to extend further to the basket. This creates an easier opportunity for you to score. For smaller players, this could be the determining factor in a make or miss. There is still enough power in that one leg for players to explode high enough to dunk. However, there still is a slight lack of stability in that one leg. The ball is often exposed giving the defender a higher chance to contest the shot without fouling. We like our high flyers to snap their knee toward their logo to get explosion and transfer horizontal speed into vertical power. We also like one foot jumpers landing on two feet.
With a two footed jump the offensive players have more power and control. A one foot jump is quicker than a two foot jump.
Even though jumping off of two feet is a slower process it offers more stability in the legs. Post players prefer to jump off two feet for that reason alone. Using two feet to jump starts with the all important jump stop. The jump stop allows basketball players to play further away from the rim. This opens up players game from the rim to beyond the three point line. Jumping off two feet also offers a more balance approach.
Austin Basketball Camp Jumping 101
Regardless of which jumping style you choose. Your legs should be prepared for it. Exercising, stretching and proper rest are important in developing strong legs. Exercises include but are not limited to:
Squats (with absolutely perfect form)
These foundational exercises focus on the building the strength in the major muscles. Make sure before and after you exercise you stretch. This will keep the muscles loose for activity. Lastly, resting is the most important in building leg strength. Rest allows your muscles to recover from basketball activity. Rest on a regular basis. There is no right or wrong way to jump. When you’re making your decision the most important factors are making sure you explode and finish. At your Austin Basketball Camp , we teach different jumping scenarios, this will only allow for better basketball players and let you eventually play to your individual strength.