Shooting Clinic

“Practice makes permanent”
“Perfect practice makes perfect”

SHOOTERS CHECKLIST

FEET
– Feet are shoulder width apart and your lead foot (right foot for right handed shooters)is slightly forward, pointing towards the basket.
– Your knees are bent and your body is balanced, leaning slightly forward on the balls of your feet and shoulders over your toes.
– Keep your feet moving (small steps) as you approach the ball. Stay LOW and use your legs to increase the range of your shot.
Remember…LOW TO HIGH on your shot!!!
– Step to the basket as you begin your shot (heel to toe).
– If you are not balanced, don’t take the shot!
SHOOTING ARM AND HAND
– Show the palm of your hand as your target.
– Spread your fingers wide to allow a comfortable grip on the ball. The palm does not touch the ball.
– Form the letter T with your thumbs.
– Bring the ball directly to your SHOT POCKET.
– The shooting arm should form the letter “L” above the lead foot
– Cock the wrist until skin wrinkles
– On your follow through, your elbow is above your eyes and your wrist is the highest point of your arm.
GUIDE HAND
– Positioned on side of ball to hold the ball in place on your shooting hand.
– Guide hand does not shoot the ball. The fingers should point straight up after the shot.
– Do not twist, turn or drop your guide hand.
HEAD
– The head remains still, leaning slightly forward and in front of your shoulders and above the knees.
– Keep your eyes on the target

In the learning process, don’t try to make baskets, execute the skills

TIPS ON SHOOTING TECHNIQUE
* Details make the Difference – learn the details.
Practice a few minutes each day on a wall or backboard to focus on and improve your skills.
Good form is correctable
Every shot should be mechanically the same
You are the most important coach – because you’re always there. Be your own SHOT DOCTOR.
Footwork!! Come in low, using the 1-2 step
Learn body awareness
Use your check system after every shot
1) Feet – balance – good base – The ball moves when feet move
2) Follow Through – let your shooting hand stop itself
3) No negative motion
Shooting off the dribble
If dribbling with the right hand, step with your left foot to begin your 2 step approach.
– Left hand dribble requires a right-left step.
take a big first step to get your body low.
Shoot the ball on your way up so that you get the maximum use of your legs. The shot is released at the top of your jump!

*Constantly check and evaluate yourself, but don’t dwell on mistakes or get upset

PRACTICE DRILLS

PERFECT PRACTICE – Without a ball work on perfect form. Go through shot process, ball in the shot pocket, proper timing (ball and feet move at the same time) and check your follow through. Work on footwork into the shot from straight on and coming from the left and right (Inside pivot foot). Shoot at least 200 perfect shots each day.
1) Spin Pass w/ball – Step into shot position – no Shot – check feet
2) Spin pass into shot (against the wall or backboard) check follow through and feet
PERFECT FOOTWORK DRILL
1) Spin ball & square up to the basket 2) Dribble and square up 3) Spin or dribble, square up & shoot

“Eliminate motion, increase accuracy”

LAY-UPS
When shooting a lay-up, jump off the inside foot and shoot with the outside hand (jump off the left foot when shooting a right-handed lay-up). Make sure you chin the ball before shooting so that you do not expose it to the defender. To practice the foot work use the 3 step method (left – right – left on the right side) without a dribble. Then add 1 dribble with your 3 steps.

Discipline: Do what has to be done, when it has to be done,
as well as it can be done, And do it that way all the time.

THE BANK SHOT
How
1. Square your body to the block, not to the rim
2. The ball should strike the top corner of the glass box on the downward flight of the ball.
3. Put a slight amount of backspin on your shot off the glass to soften your shot.
4. Think HIGH and SOFT
Why
1. Using the glass allows you to get the ball over the extended arms of shot blockers. You must naturally shoot the ball
a little bit higher off the glass than you normally do in your regular jump shot, to kiss the ball off the glass on the
downward flight of the shot. This extra few inches is often enough to get the ball over the hands of a shot blocker.
2. Use the backboard in the low post when you know you will be receiving a hard foul. This increases your chance of
making a shot while being fouled.
3. Shooting off the glass allows you to penetrate harder to the basket and still make a high percentage shot.
4. Make any 45 degree angle shot within 10 feet of the basket an automatic bank shot to reduce indecision between
using the glass and shooting straight at the basket.

“If you want something you’ve never had,
You must be willing to do something you’ve never done”

1 DRIBBLE JUMP SHOT

Shot fake and stride by the defender with you right leg (left foot is your pivot foot). Keep your shoulders squared to the basket. As you stride past the defender, dribble the ball with your right hand and take 2 more steps to get your feet in shooting position before jumping up and shooting the ball. (Footwork: right, left, right)
Key point: Stay low and go to the basket (Great players travel in straight lines) so that the defender believes you are driving all the way to the basket.
For a Crossover Jumper, use the same footwork (right, left, right) but your first step is across your body (to your left) with your right foot. Dribble the ball with your left hand.

“Good shooters practice until they get it right.
Great shooters practice until they can’t get it wrong”

THE BANK SHOT

How
1. The ball should strike the top corner of the glass box on the downward flight of the ball.
2. Make your follow-through point on a line above the glass box so that the high follow through produces a high arching shot off backboard.
3. Put a slight amount of backspin on your shot off the glass to soften your shot.
4. Square your body to the block, not to the rim.
5. Think HIGH and SOFT.
Why?
1. Using the glass allows you to get the ball over the extended arms of shot blockers. You must naturally shoot the ball a little bit higher off the glass than you normally do in your regular jump shot, to kiss the ball off the glass on the downward flight of the shot. This extra few inches is often enough to get the ball over the hands of a shot blocker.
2. Use the backboard in the low post when you know you will be receiving a hard foul. This increases your chance of making a shot while being fouled.
3. Shooting off the glass allows you to penetrate harder to the basket and still make a high percentage shot.
4. Make any 45 degree angle shot within 10 feet of the basket an automatic bank shot to reduce indecision between using the glass and shooting straight at the basket.

“IN THE END THE ONLY PEOPLE WHO FAIL ARE THOSE WHO NEVER TRY”