Basketball is a fast-paced game. Overthinking during the game can lead to turnovers and missed shots. Mastering a move gives you the confidence and ability to react instantly and get by the defender. To gain confidence in a new move, you have to practice it until it becomes natural to you.
Practice the move by yourself by doing the move over and over until the movements come so easily to you, could do it with your eyes closed.
Next, take the move and use it against a defender. It could be 1-on-1, 3-on-3, or 5-on-5. The important part is to use the move against live defense. This is where you learn the subtleties of the move and how the defense reacts to it. By observing the defense you will know how long to hesitate before you cross over or when to step back and create space for a jump shot. You will also learn not to force the move and when it won’t work.
You will make mistakes. That is what practice is for. Learning from those mistakes is key to gaining the confidence needed to use the new move in a game. Recognize when to use the move and go for it. When you begin the move and notice the defender moved too far, then you will instinctively know what to do next. And all you will think is, “Got you” as you blow by.
See if you can master this Michael Jordan move!