A lot of players I work with lack the self awareness to actually know why/how they are missing shots. You need to develop self awareness either by feel or by watching yourself on video so you can really improve your shot. You can miss for a variety of reasons, for example you might miss because there is something not quiet right with your mechanics. You could also miss because in a game or in certain practice situations you are too contested, which basically means that you are not really open when you shoot. And lastly you could also miss because you purely lack confidence when you shoot. Those are the 3 most common reasons for missing shots in games.
In this post I will break down all three reasons and give you some ideas on who you can fix each one.
You might have a flaw in your shooting technique that makes it hard to be a consistent shooter. It could be that you are too stiff and lack rhythm, or you might not be aligned correctly with an inconsistent follow through.
The most common ways shooters miss are:
- left or right. The flight of the ball is just not straight for some reason.
- Solution – Put your index finger in the basket every time you shoot. Make sure that the ball travels through your dominant eye when you shoot. Shooting straight is a must to be a good shooter. Doing the Kobe/MJ index fixer in the basket on the follow through will help you with that.
- short. You lack rhythm and are stiff. You develop your shooting rhythm over time. The younger you are the closer you need to stay to the basket. If you notice yourself leaning forward when you shoot, that means you are chucking the ball (I call it a shot put) and you are basically too far away from the basket. Come a little closer and build your rhythm and move out one step at a time.
- Solution – Make sure you incorporate a good dip in your shot to help you with your rhythm. Try a hop catch for extra rhythm as well. Get off the ground as quickly as possible my making sure your heels do not touch the ground when you land. To add more range to you shot you need to add rhythm and speed up your shot.
I estimate that 50% of missed shots are due to bad mechanics. Some players have got several major flaws in their technique and some might just need some fine tuning, but a lot of misses are ultimately due to bad technique and that needs to be addressed FIRST. There is no point in spending too much time on learning how to get more open or shooting 3’s, if your technique is flawed.
Sometimes you have to go two steps backwards to move one step forward. Firstly, make sure that you are shooting straight, the ball has to travel up your shot line to the basket. Secondly, once you can do that you can work on catch and shoot jump shots to create some good rhythm. Once you can shoot effortlessly from a good range, then it is time to work on getting less contested.
Too contested when shooting
You generally get too contested if you do not move well without the ball or you are shooting too slow or likely a combination of the two. Most players do not understand the concept of being contested and its relevance to shooting.
There are a lot of good shots, but if you can turn that into a great shot, percentages go through the roof. Contested shots are really bad shots. People’s percentage goes down almost 20, almost without exception!” – Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich
And even a lot of NBA players do not understand the importance of being less contested. Cavs guard J.R Smith for example says that his favourite shot is when someone is all over him?!? That is about the dumbest thing I have heard and is probably the reason why he makes 5 million instead of 20 million per year!!!
THERE IS NO NEED TO FORCE A SHOT (unless there is 2 seconds left on the shot clock and no other options are available)! When it comes to shooting, you need to realise whether you have a hand in your face or not. If someone is all over you and you force a shot you will likely miss, on the flip side if someone closes out short you better be ready to pull the trigger straight away.
The best recommendation I can give you on this one is that if one of your teammates penetrates you must be on the move. Do not stand still when your teammate puts the ball on the floor. Go to a spot where you force your defender into a long close out if you should receive the pass. The longer the close out the more time you have to get your shot off.
Cavs Matthew Dellavedova Weak Side Corner 3Check out this great weak side corner 3 point shot by Matthew Dellavedova in the first game of the NBA season!Tha Cavs are playing the Bulls and this is a great example of good fundamental basketball. Derrick Rose is getting caught watching the ball and Delly just moves to the open weak side corner for a simple 3 point shot!Also check out Dellavedova’s great full court D as soon as he makes that shot! I love watching that guy play!
Posted by Shot Maker Academy on Tuesday, October 27, 2015
In regards to quickness of the release the best thing you can do is to hop catch and when your feet land to make sure that your heels do not touch the ground you explode straight back up as quickly as you can.
If you move with out the ball and speed up your shooting mechanics a little you will be less contested when you shoot and your percentages will be better!
Lack of Confidence
Maybe the pressure is getting to you in games? Or you feel like you are not trusting your ability to hit the shot? Some of you might be thinking miss before the ball has even left your hand.
If that is your thought process you will miss the shot for sure, you might as well close your eyes and pray for a make!
To get confidence is actually quiet simple. You have to practice lots and make shots in training! The more success you have in practice the more confident you will be in games.
Once you have good technique and a quick release it is all about making lots of shots in practice to increase your confidence. What you need to do is record your attempts and makes in a little note book, so you can check your progress over time. You also need to make sure that you shoot at game speed in practice and include drills where someone is closing out on you so you get used to the game pressure.
To sum things up
If you can focus on those three areas you will start to miss less and make more shots! Of course there will be days where you just can’t buy a bucket and that is normal too! Players like Stephen Curry always have the occasional day where shots just won’t drop. What do you do when that happens? Just keep on shooting!
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