Today I started video taping the regulars who come to our morning Shot Maker Academy sessions and in this blog post I want to talk about the power of video analysis. I video tape players shooting and do a voice over with feedback on their mechanics. We use video to see how much progress they have made over the last few terms and to see what else they need to work on over the summer.
My hope is that the players will use the video analysis of their shot as motivation to stay active over summer and to keep improving their shooting mechanics. There is nothing worse to come back in Term 1 and find players have not done anything over the holidays, so they either stayed the same or regressed in their ability.
Video analysis is the best teaching tool next to live feedback. But I think it is even better than feedback as players sometimes still have a disconnect between what they hear/think and actually do when they shoot.
Your coach might tell you that you are not catching the ball with both feet in the air (hop), but rather with one food on the ground and then hopping (travel and slow).You hear the information and think that you are doing it correctly, but you are actually not doing it. Your brain is thinking it is doing something a certain way, while your body is actually doing something different, which is called disconnect. Some really good players have got the body awareness to sort this out on the fly, but for many others video analysis is the only way to address the disconnect between body and brain.
Once you see yourself shoot on video and see what the actual issues are with your mechanics you will have a much better chance to fix what needs to be fixed. You can fix any shooting mechanics flaws by going out on the court and consciously working on just one particular aspect that needs to be addressed. In this example it might be catching the ball with both feet in the air, so for a a week or so every time you catch the ball you want to really think about making sure that your feet are in the air on the catch.
Then you can review your progress by video taping yourself and comparing the new video to the before video and check the difference. Hopefully your new shot has fixed the issue that you were working on. If it is still not quiet right, don’t worry about it, just go back and work on it some more! Change takes time and lots of repetition, especially if you are trying to change some established muscle memory.
Here are the main benefits for players:
- allows you to actually see yourself
- allows you to pick things up that your mind was completely unaware of
- allows you to fix things and go back and compare it to previous footage
Great players always want to get better and they use video to do so.
As a coach it is almost impossible to see everything when you watch someone shoot at game speed and video allows you to simply see more.
I spend several hours every week watching players shoot in a practice environment so I like to think I have a trained eye, but I still miss lots of small details that I can only see when I watch video tape. The best thing about video is that it allows you to watch someone shoot in slow motion as well as include technology like timers to really see how quick someone is shooting.
It does take a bit of work to analyse players shots, but with todays technology it is getting easier and more efficient and I think you are doing right by your players if you break down their shot on video and share it with them.
If you coach a team then helping every player with their mechanics will give you a lot more wins as your team will shoot better overall. But the bigger picture is that as a coach it should be your main objective to make every player on your team as good as possible and you won’t be able to do so unless you actually incorporate video analysis into your programme.
Here are some main advantages of using video analysis for coaches:
- allows you to see your players shoot in slow motion
- allows you to rewind back and forth
- allows you to do things like time shot release speed
- allows you to truly take your players game to the next level
Whether you are a coach or a player video analysis is a must have tool to use in order to become a better shooter. It will help you with your awareness and will be crucial to developing an automatic shooting stroke.
Are you using video analysis for your shooting?