John Wall’s Tiny Tweak
John Wall’s “Deadly” Tiny Tweak
I was watching John Wall the other day and I’ve gotta say… there’s no doubt that he’s one of the top 2-3 fastest guards in the league right now, but I don’t even think it’s his speed that makes him deadly.
I mean, there are plenty of fast players who never get any playing time at all. What John Wall does is special. He’e learned to combine a “tiny tweak” with his speed which gives him a major advantage and allows him to beat defender’s at will.
There’s a thing he does every time he sees a gap or hole in the defense. It’s a tweak that any player can learn and do that will supercharge their penetration to the basket. It’s something that will even make you appear faster than you really are.
Keep in mind, it’s not always how fast you’re going, but how fast the defense thinks you’re going. For instance, John Wall constantly has the defense on their heels because they think/know he’s fast. And he does this move as well as anyone I’ve ever seen. In my opinion, it’s the reason he’s so deadly off the dribble.
I’m going to break this “tiny tweak” down for you so that you can instantly add it to your game. If you do it right, it could add 4-6 points to your game right away – just off penetration buckets. You’ll be amazed at how it will help you beat more defenders off the dribble.
Here’s the Breakdown:
There are two ways that John Wall gets 95% of his points. One, is with explosive “change of speed” drives to the rim. The second is midrange pull up jumpers. Today, I’m going to talk about the “change of speed” drive.
The way John Wall does most of his damage on the court is by attacking the basket. The reason he’s so effective at this is because he has master control of his speed. The problem with most players is that they try to do all things at all times at full speed. John Wall is different. He only uses his speed when he needs to. For example, he’ll bring the bring the ball up the court at normal jogging speed, keeping his eyes on the court, looking for open teammates, or just seeing what type of defense the opponent is in.
As he approaches the defense, he starts looking for defensive breakdowns — ie. holes or gaps to the goal. As soon as the defense makes a mistake and provides a slight hole, he quickly changes his speed, accelerates, and explodes to the basket. He starts off jogging, he keeps his head up, he looks for gaps, and then when he sees one he explodes to the rim.
That’s it. Sounds simple and it actually is. But it takes practice to perfect it. If you’re the slowest player on the team right now, try changing your speed on offense, especially when you see a gap in the defense. It will make you look a lot faster on the move. So, my challenge for you this week is to learn to control your speed. Learn to change speed and direction at the drop of a dime — it will change your “off-the-dribble” game forever!
I tell my players this all the time, “keep your offense at a 7-speed – with small bursts of 10; and keep your defense at at 10-speed.”