Many aspiring basketball players create bad habits as they are learning to shoot a basketball. These habits can be easily avoided if you know what to look out for and make the proper adjustments to your training routines. Here are 3 of the most common shooting habits to avoid.
Shoot At A Proper Height Hoop
The first thing is to insure you are shooting on a basket that is suitable for your age and skill level. Some young players don’t have the muscular development to shoot on a 10 foot rim. They will use improper technique to heave the ball up to the basket. Once they repeat this process over and over again it will become a habit and will be more difficult to fix as they get older.
Be A Shooter Not A Thrower
Many multisport athletes will use the same techniques learned for throwing a football or baseball to shoot a basketball. It’s important to understand that throwing a baseball and shooting a basketball are two completely different athletic movements. Baseball requires twisting of the torso to generate power. When shooting a basketball you want to insure your body is squared up to the hoop, legs are bent and you shoot in a straight up, straight down motion.
Avoid The Flat Shot
The final habit to look out for is a lack of shooting arc. It is important for young players to create the habit of putting a high arc on the ball when they shoot. Simple physics has shown us that putting more arc on the basketball will increase your shooting percentage. Many players will underestimate the amount of arc reuired to be a great shooter.
Here are 5 tips to help young aspiring basketball players master the fundamental drills of shooting a basketball. There are many ways to improve your shooting technique. Try to keep things simple, understandable and fun. Some of the most basic drills are the ones that can create the most significant gains.
Stay Close, Stay Close, Stay Close
So many kids when they hit the driveway start launching 3 pointers. This is not a recommended way to start practicing and in fact this is one of the leading causes of bad form in shooting. It’s emperitave that the kids stay close the basket and make at least about 50 shots really close to the rim. As they develop they will realize that if you can master the simple techinques of shooting up close to the basket there shooting percentage will increase from long distance. If you take the close up approach the player will gain confidence ny making lots of shots and then they will be ready to move back. In fact, a player will lose confidence by starting at the 3 point and elbow range because they won’t be making a lot of shots as they are not wamred up. Aside from the technique being messed up there is a psycological factor in missing lots of shots. It’s important to keep the rim height low for new players and the basketball small.
If you start by making tons of close up shots your confidence will grow and you will become a great shooter. In fact once you start to master some of the basic shooting drills you will realize that the form you use on a 1 foot shot is the exact same form you will use on a 23 footer. That’s when you start to see you how simple basketball can be. Stay close and make lots of lots of shots.
3 Right Angles
Correct basketball shooting form includes many factors. It’s important to have three 90 degree angles and have your elbow pointed to the basket, a little bounce in the legs, good vision of the front of the rim, and a nice extended finish with fingers pointed down. (Let the ball hit the groung before you let go of your follow through) Focus on getting perfect rotation every time. It’s imperative to build muscle memory.
The Three right angles include the hand to forearm, the elbow joint and finally the upper arm to the torso. Every shot should include these right angles for good form. A good drill is to stand right in front of the basket and make 50 form shooting shots. Making sure that you are checking for all of your right angles before each shot. Also be sure to have your elbow pointed directly at the basket.
You have to have a solid base in order to generate enough strength to get the ball to the rim. Make sure you feet are about shoulder’s width apart and you have a good bend in your knee. If feel balanced they you are ready to take a shot.
Your eyes should be looking at the front of the rim. The rim is circular to whatever part of the rim is closest to you should be your focus. It’s imperative that you get your vision focused on the rim before you attempt a shot. So many missed shots occur because the player is looking down at the ball after dribbling and then rising up too quickly to shoot before obtaining good vision of the rim. Practice looking at the rim prior to every form shooting shot.
It’s important to not “Snake Bite” your shot. What I mean is release the ball and have your shooting arm recoil quickly. This will cause you to lose accuracy and feel for the basket. While doing the Form Shooting Drill practice by leaving your follow through up with figers pointed down until the ball hits the ground.