Who has never dreamed of having Ray Allen’s shooting abilities? We’ve all been there, trying to reenact a game-winning buzzer beater as the crowd goes wild.
Unfortunately, without practice, method, and time, these fantasies will never turn to reality and the only things you will be throwing will be bricks.
Today is the day I’m going to teach you how to become a better shooter.
Basketball Shooting Drills
When it comes to shooting, repetition is key because it builds muscle memory; the main ingredient for any player who aspires to shoot consistently with high efficiency. The more you practice your shots, the more shots you will make, the more confidence you will build. When game time arrives, and you need to take an important shot, you will be able to rely on this hard-earned muscle memory.
Let’s begin with some shooting drills that will make you an elite player and a threat from anywhere on the offensive end of the floor.
How to Shoot 3 Pointers
One of the many common misconceptions about having a proper basketball shooting technique is that people think you need special practice for 3 point shooting.
Your shot and your technique need to remain the same and be as consistent as possible, independently from where you are taking your shot. The only factor that will change is the power you put into your shot.
A lot of players struggle with 3 point shots because they feel like they have to change the way they shoot. This is a big mistake you need to avoid otherwise you will never develop a highly efficient 3-point range.
Always remember that in order to become a great shooter like Stephen Curry, you need to shoot the exact same way no matter the distance.
As far as 3-points go, there are still things you need to do in order to increase your field goal percentage.
No need to become The Rock here, but working out should be an essential part of your practice routine.
You will indeed greatly improve your shot as you develop strength in your core, legs, and arms.
When you take a 3 point shot, your legs are what will give you the required strength. Having a strong core also helps during the shot for a better balance. Working out will overall improve your athletic condition and will allow you to be less tired when you take shots.
Just Shoot, Like... A LOT
There is no miracle solution, much like for any aspect of your game, to improve your 3-point shot you need to practice substantially.
Remember to keep the same shooting routine whether you’re shooting from close range or from behind the arc. Only when your shooting motion becomes second nature and respects the shooting fundamentals will you be able to be an efficient 3-point shooter.
“When people say God blessed me with a beautiful jump shot, it really pisses me off. I tell those people, ‘Don’t undermine the work I’ve put in every day.’ Not some days. Every day.”
A lot of great shooters are known to take more than a thousand shots per practice session; this gives you a rule of thumb and an idea about what it takes to get there.
Shoot From Further Away
Shooting from way downtown can be frustrating because you will make way fewer shots. However, this type of exercise can be fun and has its own benefits. The main one being that it will help you work on your shooting power and arc. It will also make regular 3 point shots easier as they will seem to be close range shots.
Basketball Shooting Fundamentals
Granted that the game of basketball tends to become more and more physical, shooting accuracy is still a big factor and is a fundamental that any aspiring basketball player should thrive to master. Here are the fundamentals you need to learn if you want your jump shot to become a lethal weapon.
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Take it One Step Further: The Dip, the Turn, the Sweep and Sway
Basketball is an ever-evolving sport; teams, and players do not operate the same way they used to. What separates good players from elite ones is how they adapt to those changes and if they are able to adjust their game accordingly.
These three shooting techniques I am about to reveal, have been developed by world-renowned shooting specialists. If applied correctly, this can skyrocket your shooting percentage.
First Up: The Dip
Basketball coaches have for many years almost forbidden their players to lower the ball after its reception. The reasoning behind this was to gain time and be in a shooting position quicker. Nowadays, the dip (dipping the ball upon receiving it) is getting more and more love.
It supposedly gives more strength and rhythm to the player. Elite shooters such as Stephen Curry or Kyle Korver use the dip religiously. If you observe closely how Hall of Famer Ray Allen shoots after receiving a pass, you will notice that he immediately brings the ball down to his waist before his shooting motion.
Second: The Turn
The turn is a slight body rotation that allows you to be completely aligned with the basket. When you are in a neutral position, your core is aligned with your target but not your shooting arm. To perform the Turn, slightly rotate your body so that your shooting hand is right in front of the basket.
And finally: The Sweep and Sway
The Sweep and Sway is a movement made by your feet while you are mid-jump. The shooter will sway his feet to the front before landing back on its original point. It will give an extra kick to the ball upon its release.
A Couple More Basketball Shooting Tips
I think by now you got that the only way you can become a great shooter is through extensive practice. No shooter became amazing overnight. Repetition and muscle memory are essential, and to work efficiently on your shot here are a few remaining quick tips.
You now have all the keys to become an absolutely dominant player on the offensive end. Remember that all great things come to those who work hard for it. Practice, monitor your progression, seek guidance from coaches or teammates and analyze your shot as well as other player’s.
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