This article will teach you how to become a better shooting basketball player. The article focuses on providing information about essential skills and understanding strategies.
Form and Technique
The form and technique of the basketball shot are not challenging to learn or to master. Great shooters may utilize a lot more than just proper form and technique for successful shooting. However, if you don’t have the basics down, you’re only setting yourself up for failure. When you improve your stationary shooting form, you can implement what you learned from other forms of basketball shooting since this is the base you’ll need to work on.
Stationary Shooting Form
This is when you are stationary, and the ball is coming to you in a straight line. Every aspect of your shot, such as footwork, body technique, release, and follow-through, should be identical for every single shot that you take in basketball. You need to remember a few things for a proper stationary shooting form. Starting from keeping your eyes on target to right stance and balance, lining up the shot pocket, how to grip the ball, good use of the balance hand, and delivery. To achieve the correct shot, up force and landing are important to work on, and strong follow-through.
- Keep your eyes on the target.
Don’t look at the floor or your feet. There might be people around you in basketball, but it is essential to keep your eyes on the target. This way, you’ll be able to see if anyone is in your way, and you can shoot or pass the ball as soon as possible. Regardless of your positioning, you should always be able to stay on the target.
- Proper stance and balance
The stance, balance, and footing play a big part in shooting accuracy. If you are not standing correctly, you may have difficulty balancing your body for shooting. Maintaining your stance with correct footwork is crucial to managing the impact when you catch the ball. Ensure that when you are shooting, you are in control of the ball and able to keep it steady as it leaves your hand.
The first step is to locate your balance point and to transfer the weight to this point. If you are right-handed, this balance point would be on your right foot. Then lift off of that foot and move it a little bit towards the rim. This allows your left foot to go backward for better balance in the shot pocket. Your feet should be shoulder-width apart. Keep your knees slightly bent and your back straight. Your arms should be relaxed with the elbows bent at 90 degrees or sticking out, whichever is better for you.
- Align with the shot pocket
Your shot pocket is the area between your legs. This is the point from which you will shoot the ball. When shooting, you should utilize your legs for balance and not move them. A common mistake is to use your shooting hand for balance instead of your legs. This makes the ball move around upon release, making it more challenging to be accurate. Position the ball above your center of gravity, just behind your knees and in front of your right leg. It should be above your waist as well.
Line up the ball with the shot pocket the same way every time. Many people say that aiming is not required to shoot a ball accurately, but this is not true. Any mistake in timing or other factors can result in a miss, even with a highly accurate aim. The second you release that ball, though, it has left your control, and there is no going back.
- Hold the ball correctly
Your hold on the ball will affect your shot. The grip should be adjusted to suit you. Never change it based on what someone else is saying. However, you can use their advice to improve it. Hold the ball with both hands about an inch below the rim. The air hole should be between your middle and index finger. Your fingertips should be parallel to the lines on the ball so that you can control the backspin. The ball should rest on your fingertips.
For a better shot, broad palms and spread-out fingers will give you more power in your shot while keeping it within the shooting pocket. This will help you shoot with better accuracy than using your fingertips as a guide for aim.
- Correct use of balance hand
Your balance hand helps in better controlling the ball. It should be held in position to almost look like you are gripping the ball with your fingers. You want to alternate between using one hand and the other to get an even more powerful shot. Your grip will change, but you should still keep both hands about an inch below the rim in your vision. It’s also vital to remember that you shouldn’t use your balance hand to create force or heavy spin. A common mistake is not taking your non-shooting hand off the ball upon delivery. Your non-dominant hand should always be used to support the ball and should be taken off first. There are plenty of youth basketball camps that teach this form to beginners.
- Proper delivery
This is the essential part of your shooting form. The tip of the ball should be on your dominant hand in line with your index finger and traveling in a straight line parallel to the rim. It should be as accurate as possible for you. There are many different ways of shooting based on various factors such as balance or release point. Here is a simple method that works well for most people with any level of accuracy. The ball should start moving upwards from the shot pocket if you don’t want it to reflect from the backboard.
When you release the ball, make sure it’s in front of you rather than behind your head, as this ruins accuracy. Upon release, straighten out your arm and not release the ball until it is at its highest point. Let gravity take over the rest of the way.
- Proper up force and landing
As soon as you release the ball, it should be moving upwards at a slight angle.This is called the “up force” and should be constant until it reaches the rim. Upon release, you should jump straight up with both feet to enable more propulsion towards the rim. The up force should be short, only last when your back foot hits the floor again.
This would be a simple guide for the best way to shoot, but you can shoot a basketball in many different ways. It is crucial to find the technique that works best for you. Using the above information will help you achieve better accuracy. Try to implement this advice in your warm-up drills. When you do it enough times during warm-up, it becomes a part of your regular conditioning drills.