The chest is one of the first things a young basketball player learns.
It is essential to learn this simple pass as it serves as the basis for more advanced pass techniques that players will learn as they get older.
In this blog post I give you some steps to master the chest pass.
Step # 1 – Read the situation
The first step is to choose the right fit for the situation.
A major advantage that a chest pass has over other types of passes is speed.
Since it has a straight line, it is the fastest way to get the ball to your teammate.
However, the pass is not without flaws.
Using the chest can have disadvantages, so it is important to choose the right fit for a given situation.
Easier to intercept – Since the pass is thrown at chest height in a straight line, it can lead to a turnover if used at the wrong time.
Not ideal for long distances – If there is a large distance between the passer-by and the target, it will be difficult to move the chest hard and flat.
Not ideal for near range – At short distances, such as inside the key, a chest pass will (a) be difficult for a teammate to handle and (b) easier to intercept.
Step # 2 – Use the Correct Form
If you do not yet know the importance of proper form, follow a brief overview.
The right shape generates the maximum possible force for your pace, resulting in the fastest possible pace. And the faster you can reach his target, the better.
- To start, place your feet parallel to each other, approximately shoulder-width apart.
- Hold the ball with both hands up to your chest. Remember to always insert your elbows.
- Take a step forward as you begin the passing movement. Both feet work, so it will be a matter of personal preference.
- Push off your back foot to generate extra power for the pace. Keep in mind that the toes of your front foot should point toward your target.
- Always end with the right follow-up.
Step # 3 – On time, on target
Every pass should benefit your teammate.
This requires you to place the pass in the right place.
For example, if you are giving a chest pass to a shooter, you should aim for the torso, which is the “shot bag” for most basketball players.
It’s easy when your goal is stagnant, but things get more complicated when your teammate is on the move.
If so, it’s crucial to predict where your teammate will be.
To avoid putting a pass behind your teammate, you should aim where your target is going to be, rather than where it is at the moment you spot it.
A pass should keep your teammate in rhythm as they make their next move – whether they drive to the basket, give a second pass or pull up for the shot.
A pass outside the target can still be caught, but it will take another second or two before your teammate meets themselves, giving the defense time to adjust.
Step 4 – Follow through
Like the bounce pass, it is essential to have the necessary follow-up to ensure accuracy and power.
You want to end the pace with both arms outstretched and fingers in the general direction of your target.
It is not necessary to extend the follow-up as you would make a jump shot.
Step # 5 – Throw down defenders without looking
It is more advanced and should only be practiced by players after they have mastered the basics of the chest.
With the usual chest pass, you should always keep your eye on the target.
It helps to improve accuracy, BUT it also shows the defense where you are going.
Think about it…
Most defenders will keep an eye on you in an attempt to predict where you are going to throw the basketball.
Giving away this information by staring at your intended target increases the chances that the pass will be intercepted.
If this is an appropriate situation, throw your opponent away by looking in one direction while throwing your chest in another direction.
The “no look” passes.
If the defense can’t read your pace, their chances of stealing decrease significantly – no matter how close they are to the ball.
If you can master it, you will become a much more effective and dangerous game maker for your team.