How To Shoot A Floater In Basketball

Floater: "An alternate basketball shooting move in a lay up where you shoot the basketball over your defender before he jumps."- Youth Basketball Tips

In this post I’m going to show you exactly how to shoot a floater in a way you’ve never seen before.

There’s nothing worse than getting your shot swatted away every time you shoot the basketball in the paint.

They say that the definition of insanity is,

Doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results.


Albert Einstein
how to shoot a floater perfectly

I think I was on the brink of insanity then.

I refused to work on my floater.

I didn't want to learn how to shoot a floater.

My whole theory was that it was ok to get swatted every once and while and that you should just take a layup because it's a much much higher percentage shot.

But then I played college basketball.

Monsters, monsters I tell you!...they guard the basket.

Once in college you HAD to use a floater.

That whole theory of getting my layup blocked every once and while...became every single time.

So long story short I started working on my floater.

And you should too!

Now there are a lot of different ways people teach this, but the way that I teach it is from personal experience.

I struggled to find the right balance and rhythm with this shot, and once I did and started to being able to actually use this shot and felt comfortable with it, I made note of exactly how and when I was shooting it.

So now I'm going to get into exactly...

How To Shoot A Floater


When To Shoot A Floater

This is an in between shot.

You should use it when you beat your man off the dribble and have to finish over a taller defender.

I know you're probably thinking, "Why not shoot a jump shot?"

A few reasons...

  • Gives time for the big to contest and block your shot.
  • Give time for your defender to recover.
  • Doesn't shield off your defender if he's still with you.
  • Doesn't have enough arc to get the shot over the big man.

So to sum out when you should shoot a floater...

Shoot a floater when you are too close for a jump shot but not quite in layup range and help defense is on their way.

I think you're starting to get a good idea of what this shot should look like.

Lets take a look at some of the best floaters in the NBA:


If you like what you've learned so far then all you need is a drill to start practicing this.

Below is a great drill you can use to work on it and is not found on my Youtube channel.

It's a private video for Baller Boot Camp customers only so share this page, help us and your friends out, and unlock the video.

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