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How to Do a Tear Drop

Learn how to do a tear drop from former top-ranking college basketball player Jason Curry in this Howcast video.


Right now we'll talk about how to do a teardrop. A teardrop is good for perimeter players, especially small players, when they are taking the ball closer to the basket and there are tall players looking to drop your shot. It gives you another variation, in terms of being able to finish at the basket, while not necessarily taking it all the way to the basket for a lay-up and having a higher chance of getting your shot blocked. But at the same time you don't want to stand outside by the free throw line, or the top of the key, to shoot a jump shot.

So when you shoot a teardrop, your finish point will always be somewhere in the center of the three second lane. What you want to do is, you want to go up on one foot and release the ball as you're jumping in the air high enough where if there's a defender here, coming to block your shot, you want to get the ball up in the air.

So what I'll do is I'll walk through it slowly right here and I'll have Jerry rebound. Ideally, you want to try to get this shot where you can swish the ball in. So I want to stand right here. I'll do it slowly. I'll step, release, shot. So that's how the teardrop should look with our right hand. And we also want to work on finishing with our left hand. So now I'll step with my right foot, I'll release, and finish. And again, we really want to try to get this shot to a swish.

So when you're shooting a teardrop, you really want to emphasis the trajectory on your shot, meaning that you do not want your release point there, but you really want to over exaggerate it, get the ball nice and high, and swish it in.

So now what we'll do is, we'll have these guys go and we'll see how it looks full speed. All right? So now we'll get here. Let's see how it looks when we make a behind the back move. So we'll go here, go change, behind the back, nice and high. That was perfect. All right? So you see how we got the ball at his point, he released it with his left hand.

So now we'll give George a chance to see how it looks going the opposite way. Here we go. He'll change direction, and at his peak, he'll release it, and swish.

So that's what we want to do when we're shooting the teardrop shot. We really want to make sure that as soon as we're jumping, we release the ball at it's highest point, to try to shoot the ball over the defender, so they don't get that shot blocked.

That's how you shoot a teardrop.

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