Knowing how to shoot a fade away jump shot in basketball is a valuable skill. A fade away jumper, in which you lean back and away from the defender, puts a little more distance between you and your opponent, making your shot harder to block. It's important, though, to make sure you have a good standard jump shot before you try to learn how to shoot a fade away jump shot, since good shooting form is essential for both types of jumpers. For a few tips to make your shots harder to block, read on.
- Maintain the same form with your hands and arms in a fade away jump shot as you would with a traditional jump shot. Eye your target at the rim just as you would normally.
- Take a short step back and quickly go up with your shot. You're going to be shooting off your back foot instead of your lead foot, which means right-handed players will be shooting off their left foot. It shouldn't feel too uncomfortable, because you jump up with your left foot if you're shooting a right-handed lay up. But it will take some getting used to, so you don't feel awkward shooting as you lean back.
- Try to jump the same distance back each time you shoot a fade away jump shot. If you jumping back a couple of inches one time and a foot the next time or you're leaning to the right or left, it will be that much harder to hit a fade away jumper with any consistency. Find a distance that's comfortable, yet also effective at giving that extra distance from your defender.
- Remember that you're shooting from a little farther away from the point you started from than you would with a regular jump shot. That means you're going to have to shoot a little stronger or you'll leave your shot too short. This kind of touch only comes with practice, so if a fade away jump shot is something you want in your arsenal, get out there and practice fade away jumpers from all around the key to find your touch.
- Try leaning in toward your defender right before you jump back for the fade away. That extra lean-in may help push the defender away just a little more and give you an even greater chance at making a shot without interference. You'll see a lot of big men do it this way, especially if they're shooting near the basket and have a defender close to them.
- Only use a fade away jump shot when you need to get past a taller defender. You'll almost always have better odds making a jump shot if you go straight up. Some players fall into a pattern of shooting fade away jumpers with every shot and it's just not necessary or as effective as a straight-up jump shot.