The other day I wrote an article about the relationship between practice time and shooting ability and today I want to dig a little bit deeper into how you can make your shot automatic. The question you must ask yourself in regards to your shot is are you automatic or not?
Let’s first clarify what I mean by the term automatic. I am basically talking about the consistency of your shooting mechanics. Can you shoot the same way over and over again without changing up your stroke? It will be very difficult to become a consistent shooter if your mechanics are not consistent.
I know that might make sense to you but a lot player don’t get it unfortunately. They think they are automatic, but they are not! To be truly automatic you have to put in lots of repetitions and most players have simply not done that.
There are plenty of examples of players in the NBA who get by purely on athleticism but hardly every shoot the same way twice.
If you are not blessed with NBA level or Division 1 level athleticism (think JJ Reddick for example) but still want to play on that level then you better have an automatic shooting stroke!
How do you get an automatic shooting stroke?
This great quote from motivational speaker Zig Ziglar has got the answer in it:
REPETITION is the mother of LEARNING and the father of ACTION, which makes it the architect of ACCOMPLISHMENT.” – Zig Ziglar
The short and simple answer to get an automatic shooting stroke is that you need to put up lots of shots!
One of my favourite sayings is that good mechanics are only 50% of the equation of being a great shooter, the rest is speeding up your shot, moving better without the ball and making good decisions (not forcing contested shots).
However it will be very hard to get anywhere if you get the first 50% (your mechanics) wrong (unless you can jump like DeAndre Jordan of course)! Some players can shoot like shit and still get jobs thanks to height and athleticism.
You have to go to your local court and spend hours working on your shooting stroke.
Great players love to work on their skills in order to get better. They do not see it as a chore, rather they are perfectionists who love the feeling of getting it right.
If you go to the court and you constantly feel like you don’t want to be there or that it is too much of a chore then you are doing the wrong sport! You should find something that you really love to do because it is not playing basketball.
Start close and work your way out in every workout and if you do it often enough you will become a good shooter. Start by putting up 150 shots per day and work your way up until you can shoot 300-500 per day, some of you might even have to shoot more than that. Then after a few years of consistent practice there will come a point in time where you are just on and it feels like every shot is going in! That is an amazing feeling and once you hit that stage you will fall in love with the game even more.
If you feel like you need to improve your technique a bit check out my Learn to Shoot like the Pros video course! I can help you develop good technique and then it is up to you to go to the courts and put up shots to become automatic.
Are you up for it?