What is pull-back in basketball dribbling?
Essentially, a pull-back in basketball dribbling is stepping forward and then dragging the ball backwards. This basketball is very different from crossovers because crossovers result in a forward movement while pull-back results in a backward body movement. It plays with the defenders' instincts to back-off and together with a backward bounce, you as the ball-handler will create a space of two body-lengths for yourself.
What does it take to do a pull-back in basketball dribbling?
Dexterous hands: You need to be comfortable with moving the basketball around when it's in the air
Resilient leg muscles: You need the sudden jerking leg movement to push your entire body backward
A conscious mind: Unlike many basketball moves, this basketball move requires the legs to move before the basketball is bounced back. Hence, you must be conscious of this change of sequence in action
Why is pull-back useful in basketball dribbling?
-Plays with the defender's instinct and MAKES HIM BACK OFF
-Creates space for yourself
What are the steps for performing the pull-back in basketball dribbling?
(assuming you are right-handed, reverse everything for a left-hander)
*It must be your left leg that goes out because: 1) It maximizes your displacement from your original position. 2) Defenders never wants to look at their opponent's back. It's a mental thing.
What are the useful basketball combination moves that incorporates the pull-back?
Name of the basketball move: Legit Hypnotizer
Steps: Slowly approaches defender --> Inter-leg cross-over x2 --> 1 sec pause --> pull-back --> jump shot
Level of difficulty: High-Intermediate
How and why is this basketball move useful? It gets your opponent down and freezes them, then get him away. Steve Francis loves this move
Name of the basketball move: The Pendulum
Steps: Drive towards opponent --> small inter-leg cross-over --> BIG behind-the-back (pushes the ball forward) --> slow pull-back --> head fake and shot fake --> drive
Level of difficulty: Advanced
How and why is this basketball move useful? This basketball move requires modifications to the other dribbling moves and excellent timing. This move is useful when used in conjunction with the Legit Hypnotizer. It keeps the defender always guessing.
In what situations do I perform the pull-back in basketball dribbling
Checklist about your defender
When your defender only reacts to huge moves
When your defender always jumps when he loses position
When your defender always try to stay in front of you
Checklist about the setting
When you are in your shooting range
When no one can block you from behind
Pros-n-cons about doing the pull-back basketball move