Difference Between Floater And Tear Drop

Difference Between Floater And Tear Drop

Postby LooN3y on Sat Jun 14, 2014 1:28 am

For a while i thought they were the same thing.


now i dont even know what a tear drop is, i just been shooting floaters, i want to practice tear drops if there is a difference in form or something.


basically i run and i shoot with basically one hand with an arch (i do jump when i release). but its def not a high arc like Glock's floaters.


edit: some times i don't run and just toss it up using the same form, i put this in the NBA discussion because hell i don't even know what a floater in the NBA is since i really can't tell the difference.

i've heard way too many definitions
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Re: Difference Between Floater And Tear Drop

Postby Battle Tested20 on Sat Jun 14, 2014 1:17 pm

they are the same thing, just people been giving them different names. If you want to get picky, in my opinion you use a tear drop when your closer to the basket. People usually bring up the word floater when the player is farther from the basket.

But again I believe they are both the same thing.
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Re: Difference Between Floater And Tear Drop

Postby TIME on Sat Jun 14, 2014 1:22 pm

I don't think there is any official definition. I agree that they are pretty much the same with one small difference. I'd say a teardrop is more of a high straight up and down arc.
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Re: Difference Between Floater And Tear Drop

Postby John3:16 on Sat Jun 14, 2014 1:29 pm

Pretty much the same thing. Tear Drop is used to describe a floater that is closer to the basket, like when Tony Parker shoots a shot from 3 feet away, but it goes 14 feet in the air before dropping in the net, like a "tear drop".
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Re: Difference Between Floater And Tear Drop

Postby laakers on Sat Jun 14, 2014 1:29 pm

You also have to make the distinction between a Runner... I thought that a floater/teardrop is off of two feet, while a runner is off of one foot.
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Re: Difference Between Floater And Tear Drop

Postby revgen on Sat Jun 14, 2014 4:21 pm

My understanding is that a tear drop is underhand and a floater is overhand. Both shots are basically the same though. High arc shots that can't be blocked by the shotblocker.
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Re: Difference Between Floater And Tear Drop

Postby Weezy on Sat Jun 14, 2014 5:08 pm

John3:16 wrote:Pretty much the same thing. Tear Drop is used to describe a floater that is closer to the basket, like when Tony Parker shoots a shot from 3 feet away, but it goes 14 feet in the air before dropping in the net, like a "tear drop".


This is what I always though. A floater to me is a high arc shot you can float up there with one hand even as far back as the free throw line. I always thought a tear drop was one right at the hoop that goes almost straight up and straight back down. Like Kobe's shot against the Suns in game 4 of the 2006 playoffs off of the steal where he goes straight at the hoop, flips it wayyy up at the hoop and it drops in, tear drop. I could be wrong, but that's what I've thought.
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Re: Difference Between Floater And Tear Drop

Postby gcclaker on Sat Jun 14, 2014 6:22 pm

Always thought a tear drop had a higher arc than a floater though essentially it's the same type of shot. Both are flicked at the basket. Then again, NEITHER are as sexy or artistic as the finger roll. :)
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Re: Difference Between Floater And Tear Drop

Postby LooN3y on Sun Jun 15, 2014 1:53 pm

I'm running jumping off of one foot kinda far from the basket usually like a legit mid range area (not long 2's, but not really close either) with not that high of an arc


thats a runner? lol
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Re: Difference Between Floater And Tear Drop

Postby Weezy on Sun Jun 15, 2014 2:27 pm

Well are you shooting two-handed off one foot from that distance, or one-handed? I'd say if two hands, it's a runner, if one hand, it's possibly a floater.
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Re: Difference Between Floater And Tear Drop

Postby Rooscooter on Sun Jun 15, 2014 2:56 pm

If Derrick Fisher is shooting them..... none. They both miss.....
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Re: Difference Between Floater And Tear Drop

Postby Magic Skywalker on Sun Jun 15, 2014 2:57 pm

That guy sounds just like Derek Fisher :man9:
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Re: Difference Between Floater And Tear Drop

Postby abeer3 on Mon Jun 16, 2014 2:49 pm

I think point of release is one way I tend to distinguish (not sure if anyone else does). teardrops are released while at least one foot is still planted. again, that distinction may be mine alone, but that makes it a different shot, with the teardrop being more of a push shot and the floater more closely resembling a jumper or lay up in that the feet are off the floor at release and the body is moving.
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Re: Difference Between Floater And Tear Drop

Postby halekulani on Tue Jun 17, 2014 1:48 pm

TIME wrote: I'd say a teardrop is more of a high straight up and down arc.

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tear drop is a floater w higher arc
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Re: Difference Between Floater And Tear Drop

Postby LooN3y on Tue Jun 17, 2014 4:37 pm

Ok from a general consensus,


I believe I'm shooting a "runner" since I'm off the ground release it while in movement (i shoot it when they collapse on my on defense, don't give me room to shoot, can't beat them off the dribble, and won't bite my cross over dribbles and i love it, started ever since i saw goudlockes i guess tear drop runner) and it isn't a high arcing shot, but its in the legit mid range area.


and a floater is when you have two feet planted on the ground and you toss it up with the same form.


a tear drop is closer to the basket (i guess you can be running a bit too like how Glock's high arching runner was like) and its a high arching shot.

i tried doing tear drops, at least for me there significantly more harder. well technically i think i only tried to the teardrops runners. and I'm talking about REAL high arching

maybe it'll be easier if i have my feet planted?


in this vid, it seems like he's doing runners, not teardrops like the video says, it doesn't seem that high arching






in this vid they don't even distinguish it. i didn't know it was a 'newer' move. i thought it was always there and before sometimes id just do it instinctually like how sometimes you do a finger roll instead of a lay up, because of how the defense plays you.

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