Basketball Shooting DrillsHow many times have you heard someone tell you that there are no magic basketball shooting drills? That to become a better shooter, its not WHAT you are doing, but HOW you are doing it? Those people will tell you that the drills that you do don’t matter as long as you are doing them at game speed, focusing on keeping your footwork consistent, catching the ball shot ready, and using “BEEF” (Balance. Eyes on the rim. Elbow in and under the ball. Follow through). Those people would be right…to an extent.

There IS a magic basketball shooting drill. Have you ever heard someone say that Ray Allen has a perfect jump shot? You’ve probably heard the same thing about Steph Curry’s jumper. Kevin Durant and Steve Nash also come to mind when you think about perfect jumpers. When you look at their jump shots, though, you will notice that they all look completely different. So how can they all be perfect?

The answer is that they all exhibit perfect technique for their own shot on every shot they take. Every body is different. Some people like Durant are tall with long arms, so he is able to shoot at a lower release point than Curry for example, who has a high release, high arcing shot. But almost every shot that both take, no matter if they are moving left, right, shooting across their body, spinner, etc. is consistently the same.

Their shoulders and elbow are always squared to the basket on the release. This is much more important than having your feet squared up to the rim. They release the ball from the same spot on every shot, and follow through with their elbow to their eyebrow and their pointer finger pointing at the rim.

How do the great shooters obtain this level of consistency? The only magic basketball shooting drill out there: form shooting!

While other basketball shooting drills are physically draining and require lots of movement, form shooting is mentally difficult but physically easy. Begin directly in front of the rim, between 6 and 12 inches away from the front of the iron, and get in a shooting stance. Knees bent and shoulder width apart and your wrist crinkled underneath the ball at your shoulder. Younger players may have to start with the ball at your hip, but as you get older and stronger you should focus on starting your shot closer to your shoulder instead of dipping the ball down to your hip.

The next step is to shoot the ball, making sure not to push the ball with your off hand. Snap your elbow and your wrist so that your elbow is fully extended at your eyebrow (staying underneath the ball the entire time) and your index finger is pointing at the rim. This will give the ball the backspin that makes a jumpshot look beautiful and gives you a “shooter’s roll” on shots that hit the rim.

In this basketball shooting drill you should set reasonable yet challenging goals for making shots at each spot. For younger players, making five shots might be a reasonable and challenging goal before moving back about a foot to the next spot. For older players, maybe it is to make ten straight shots without the ball hitting the rim. Be honest with yourself when setting your goals, and DON’T CHEAT YOURSELF. If you make nine straight and hit the rim on the tenth, don’t tell yourself it was “close enough.” The goal is to become consistently perfect. In no time at all you will find that your jump shot has become more fluid because you spend time doing your form shooting before your other basketball shooting drills. If you spend ten minutes at the beginning of every workout doing form shooting from 5-7 spots (working back to the foul line) you will find that your shot becomes consistent and you are well on your way to being the next great shooter, all because of the only magic basketball shooting drill!

To your success,
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Coach Tate