These basketball shooting tips are a great way for players, parents and coaches to learn and understand the proper mechanics and techniques needed to be a great shooter.
Every basketball player loves to shoot the ball! The most practiced skill in the game is shooting. Coaches spend a good deal of their practice time on shooting drills to improve their players’ skill level. After all, if you can’t shoot – you can’t score!
Whether a player is shooting a jump shot, lay-up, or free throw – there are certain techniques they must use to be successful. The basketball shooting tips below will give players, parents and coaches a better understanding of what these techniques are!
Remember BEEF (Balance, Eye, Elbow, Follow Through) when shooting the basketball. Get into the habit of always using these proper shooting techniques – whether in practices or a game. If proper techniques are not used, bad habits are formed that are often difficult to correct. If players don’t have a shooting technique – they need to develop one!
Be relaxed and concentrate on the basket. Focus on the back of the rim as you make a jump shot or shoot from the free throw line. When shooting lay-ups and bank shots, focus on the part of the backboard where you will bank the ball.
Know when you have a good shot – and then take it. Find the right balance between shooting too often and not shooting enough. As you develop confidence in your shot, you will also develop the ability to know when you have a good shot to take.
Be in proper balance when shooting the basketball. Proper balance (front to back and side to side) is critical on all shots.
Follow through on every shot you take. Hold your follow through as this is one thing that will show you why you made or missed the shot.
Jump naturally. please!! Avoid forcing your jump – it should be nice and easy. You should jump straight up in the air smoothly and release the shot at the top of your jump letting the force easily slide off your fingers at the same time
“Up, Hang, Shoot” is an easy way to remember this.
Make sure you have an arc on every shot you take. The height of the arc will vary from player to player. Some players shoot with a high arc, while others have more of a flat shot. As long as you are using proper shooting techniques and the shots are going in, then the arc is fine.
Be relaxed when shooting free throws. Concentrate on the basket, and have your knees bent slightly. Keep your routine simple. This helps you concentrate more on your shot and not your routine. Avoid excessive and unnecessary movement. Only use the motion needed to take and make the shot.
Practice all of your shots. Learn to shoot from any location on the court, within your range. By doing this, you become more of an all-around shooter. Strive for the following shooting goals: 99+% lay-ups, 70+% free-throws, 50+% field goals, 33+% 3-pointers. These goals can be modified for younger players.