These simple tips and concepts will help you or your players become a better shooter. These aren’t tips on form & technique … if you’re interested in how to shoot, check out our article, The Art of Shooting.
Here are the tips. Learn them and start improving as a shooter!
- Stay calm and relaxed.
- Do not rush your shot.
- Shoot only when open.
- When driving in for a layup, keep your eyes on the basket. Don’t worry about the possibility of being fouled. When you twist and turn to avoid being contact, you get out of position and lose sight of the basket.
- Work on your weak hand. Being able to shoot with either hand is a helpful skill to have, especially underneath and in the lane.
- Develop a consistent rhythm in your jump shot. How you get set, aim, and shoot should be the same each and every time.
- Practice your shot by shooting game shots and game speed. This means to practice hard. If you practice half-speed, sloppy, and lazy, your shooting in games will be the same. Bad habits are acquired with sloppy practice.
- Warm up prior to practice and games by starting from close range. As you acquire the ‘feel’ and get your muscle-memory into gear, start moving back for longer-range shots.
- Develop your shot going straight up and down or towards the basket, not fading away. NBA players may utilize the fade-away because they have the strength to do so. Most players high school level and younger players do not have the strength or repetitive experience to consistently make the fade-away.
- If, during a game, you are missing consistently, focus on getting the ball to a teammate who is making his/her shots and doing the other little things that make a difference. Don’t necessarily stop shooting … simply rebuild your confidence by getting to the foul line or by getting a steal and layup. Attack the basket to get fouled or to get a layup. Make something ‘easy’ and often the shots will start falling.
Do you have any more tips to help improve shooting? Share in the comments below!