It is easy to have your platform solidly built if you have somebody tossing or hitting straight to you. They'll just have you put your hands together, arms locked out and have you finish with your arms together. That is the easy way. But in an actual game, you will be moving constantly and you have to move quickly in order to pass.
You need to create some movement and see how long and early you have to build your platform. Most people will run for a short ball using sprint mechanics and then shoot their hands out at the last moment. If you only need two steps to get to that short ball, then you don't need heavy run mechanics.
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The earlier you get your platform out, the more consistent you'll be passing. It's not going to slow you down as much as you think it will. If it's just two steps, then you don't need those elbow pumps. Just make sure you get your platform out as if you're holding a nice tray of champagne. If someone feeds you a short ball, try to get your platform out nice and early.
Key Points to Consider
When you build your platform, take note of your elbows and see if they are locked out early. If you end up pumping your arms while running to the ball and then receiving it at the last moment, that short ball is going to become really difficult for you.
Always make sure to get your platform out early when you're moving so that;
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