So far we have talked about the importance of shooting today and what level shooter you might be, let’s look at some specific ways we can actually improve your shooting percentages. In this blog post we will look at four ways to become a better shooter.
The four ways we will discuss are:
Fix your technique – if there are any flaws we will iron those out and make your shot as consistent as possible!
Speed up your shot – once your technique is solid and consistent, we need to speed up your release!
Learn to move without the ball – once your release is quick, we want to make sure that we can create additional separation from your defender to be even less contested!
Understand shot selection – now that you know all of the above you need to learn about shot selection – great shooters turn down shots all the time and work to get an even better one!
If you have solid and consistent technique, with a quick release and you learn how to become less contested your shooting percentages will improve.
Having a solid technique is very important, but is not the be all and end all of good shooting. There are lots of examples of great shooters who have what is perceived to be flaws in their form, who still end up shooting a good percentage (Larry Bird, Reggie Miller and Peja Stojakovic come to mind). These players overcame their flaws in shooting mechanics by putting up a ton of shots in practice, plus their ability to move around the court is amazing. Remember how Reggie Miller used to zig zag around screens all the time?
However having solid technique on your shot so you can repeat all the time will make your workouts shorter and more efficient.
Quote by one the greatest NBA shooters of all time
There are two roads to becoming a good shooter: Learning correct form and making 250-500 shots per day, or shooting with bad form and making 2,500-3,000 shots per day.” – Chris Mullin – one of the NBA All Time Great Shooters
Enough said. Unless you want to spend hours a day in the gym…
The goal is to make sure that your technique is as comfortable and natural to you as possible. What do I mean by that? Everybody is different, so you might end up shooting slightly different than the next guy, but the key to good technique is that your body is relaxed when you shoot and that you can effortlessly get the ball to the rim from most spots on the court. The other aspect that you have to pay attention to is your ability to shoot straight, so having the ball travel up your shot line is also key.
Once you have your technique down pat it is time to speed up your shot. Releasing your shot .1 or .2 of a second faster can make all the difference in your percentages. That is why it is so important to always shoot at game speed in every training session! You need to simulate game speed shots all the time to get comfortable at them. You have to learn to get rid of the ball as quickly as possible so you are less contested. Do you remember the last time you tried to take a jump shot and you either got blocked or had a hand right in your face? Well, we need to avoid those situations at all costs!
Let’s talk about moving without the ball. I love to watch a player like Kyle Korver separate himself from his defender to be less contested. Korver is constantly moving to get rid of his defender. You cannot take your eyes off him or he will be gone! The best shooters move a lot, either using screens or moving on penetration.
Anytime a teammate puts the ball on the floor good shooters are on the move. When the coach decides to run plays for a shooter they sprint of screens hard, stop on the dime and shoot. When they get up the court in transition they spread the floor wide ready to shoot. YOU MUST MOVE WITHOUT the ball to shoot a higher percentage.
And lastly we must mention shot selection! You need to be able to understand how open you actually are. Not every shot is a good shot. At the same time you need to realise when you are actually open? If you are open shoot the ball! If someone is closing out hard or all over you move the ball and try to find a better shot for yourself or one of your teammates.
If you can follow these four steps you will become a better shooter in no time.
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