If you don’t know how to shoot a basketball better, your coach probably wouldn’t be able to find you a place in the high school basketball tournament: face it raw.
So, it becomes essential on your part to learn how to shoot with better techniques. Not only learning, practicing is just as essential for you too. Get those skills acquired with a continuous drill; that’s what every NBA legend does!
But the truth is that many kids aspire to be like them but don’t practice things like shooting.
They may say they know it, but once you ask them, some of them won’t be able to tell you what technique they follow, because they simply don’t! But you should, and we will show you how.
Tips for shooting a basketball
Here are things we want you to remember pregame. If you keep these in mind, you will next move to what you can do during game or practice to improve your shooting skills:
- Never think about what shooting technique you are going to use during the game. This should be something planned. Don’t think of the mechanics while you play, this kills time and distracts you, making all the calculations in your head.
Once you develop the rhythm of playing in certain situations through practice, you wouldn’t need to till time thinking which mechanics will serve you best.
- Don’t try to mimic the shots of Kobe, hanging mid-air to score. Find the best chance. Too many players try it in the game and end up on the bench. If you do want to examine the skill, try it in the practice court.
- Try to brush off negative thoughts when you think they are coming. There can be a bad shot; there can be no baskets for you on that day.
You can always do better in the next shot. But don’t let it make you lazy to not give effort.
- Watch DVDs, YouTube clips, and TV recordings of players grooving with your shot. Improve your form and build up the confidence to discover your groove, your shot.
- If possible, manage a partner. Use him to fine-tune your shot alignment. Try to make your ball bounce as close to the court line as you can. Try pushing back and forth with the shoot.
- If possible, film your shot. If you have your cellphone or V-cam on you, you should do it to see exactly where you are missing out. Sometimes, your partner or even your coach may not finely identify the wrong you have.
Maybe you can’t discover it either. Filming your shots and watching them as close as possible will help you pause, identify, and rectify your mistakes.
You will probably be amazed at how bad you shoot or what angles you make that confirm a lost shot, which you probably wouldn’t understand when you are making the shot impromptu, but only discover later in the clip.
- Remember one thing, buying expensive gears and gimmicks for the game won’t make you a rad shooter. Wasting your hard-earned money on something like that may only be that, just a waste.
Invest in gimmicks knowing that it is your body and mind coordination that can give you the best shot, not these gimmicks. Invest in these only when you understand that.
- However, you can invest in a return device. A return device will save the hefty time you spend chasing after balls if you don’t have plenty on hand, and no partner to hand you these. This will help you practice shots more.
- If you use a colorful ball to practice shots, you can watch the rotation and the direction of its movement, letting you better understand what is wrong with your chance. You can then adjust and improve it as needed.
- If you want the game shots to appear on time, you will need to practice those shots. Let’s get to practice then!
How to Shoot a Basketball Better by Practice?
Stand four to ten feet from the basket, and practice fifty shots in the least, pregame, or re-practice. This improves your future performance and helps to build confidence and determination in you.
You’ll be quicker in the next shots, so if it is before a match, that’s a plus. You will swish it more every next shot, and your groove will get better with time. This is a powerful strategy, many overlook.
You can ask anyone to chart your shots. And by outlining each shot, you will get the details of each shot. You can then say how many of your chances were too short, too long, went overboard, flew to the right, or left.
If you are continually missing shots, you will need to work on your thrust; you need to have proper control and understanding of your projections. These charts will help in the shot improvement a lot.
Fix Bad Shots
You will come to know your bad habits in shooting, and you will be able to correct them if you chart them and film them.
Perfect your Set
Once you get the ball in the game, you should always go to the set position. This is probably your best spot to make your moves faster, and you shot precisely more.
This is because you have been practicing on your set position for a really long. So chances of missing out on here are worse than it is when you’re randomly starting mid-court, or anywhere we find you.
Holding your follow-through is very important because not doing it counts as a horrible shooting habit. If you are not doing it right, we suggest you raise your hands up again and do it right, putting it in the right position for a correct follow-through.
And kid, you will need to hold your follow-through throughout; it’s the best trick FYI.
Your follow-through should always end with a relaxed wrist, not a tense one. Even when you are holding the follow-through position, they can bounce and be relaxed.
No need to tense those wrists, you’ll be needing the relaxation for a better shot.
Find your Arc
For the perfect swish, what is the best shot? Increasing your arc from 35 to 45 degrees can increase your margin of error by five hundred percent, can you believe that?
This means that many of the shots you make simply miss the basket because you had issues with the arc, and by a fraction of change, you could have made it to the basket.
This is why you should always finish your follow-through with the rim visible beneath the hand you choose to shoot from. This almost always gives you a tolerable arc. But don’t go too high on the arch as it will cause you to lose control.
Feel the game and keep flowing with your movements; there’s no need for abrupt halts, no need for jerky movements.
For this, you will need to continually practice your movement from start to finish, engage your arms, legs, and your entire body to be in line with the process.
Finding the rim before you should be seeing it. Locating the rim even a second earlier, you can do a better calculation of the distance and focus on especially what you need to do than abruptly finding yourself before it and in your confusion or pressure to act, lose a perfect shot that you would have made only if you realized a little earlier.
This trick needs to be in practice more than it needs to be in the game to make it work best.
Besides putting so much effort into perfecting your hand and eye movement, you will need to work on your feet too. You need to learn how to balance your stance and improve the footwork.
Post shot, you should always be ahead of where you started. If you can make your momentum go towards the basket and not directly perpendicular to it, you can establish a good stand when you land.
Develop your System:
These are the basics that everyone can try to own. But to be a stick better than everyone else, you will need to practice by developing a system of your own.
Remember to start it small and end it big. Things like bending your knees, making exploding shots by pushing your pelvis back, an excellent follow-through that you have been holding from the start, getting your legs as involved as your hands are things you need to remember while in the game.
Don’t short arm your shot, work on your elbows not sticking out, your wrists not snapping. These tiny details will work wonders; sooner than you realize, you will be a great shooter who has a grip on the details of it.
All of these are useless if you are only reading these and making neither head nor tail of the meanings. In order to be a better basketball player, you will need to start actualizing these by using them on the court. Drills are the only way to make you more efficient as a shooter, and you know it!