Becoming a great shooter is not something that just happens overnight. It takes time and effort in the gym to work on your shot, but it also requires the proper basketball training. We have all heard the phrase, “practice makes perfect” but that isn’t true.
The correct statement should be, “perfect practice makes perfect.” So before you go to the gym and spend hours upon hours working on your shot, you need to first be taught the correct way to shoot the basketball.
Basketball Shooting Instruction Myths
Before we get into the technique of basektball shooting and some different tips for becoming a better shooter I am going to cover a couple of common misconceptions or myths about learning to shoot.
- Myth # 1 Every good shooter shoots the same way. This is not true and the quickest way to prove that is to look at the NBA. Some great shooters have all different kinds of forms. However, all of them have a few key shooting fundamentals locked down that make them great.
- Myth # 2 Shooting percentage is only affected when the ball is in the shooter’s hands. This is completely untrue, and I would argue that a lot of the time a shot is made or missed before the shooter ever receives the ball for the shot. Your footwork, hands, and getting squared up to the basket have a huge impact on your shot.
Basketball Shooting Instruction Tips
As I mentioned before there are certain fundamental things that every great shooter does on their shot. These shooting fundamentals give the shooter a strong foundation and help them become great shooters. Here are several tips for improving your shooting percentage and becoming a better shooter.
- Shot preparation – Before the ball ever gets to you on the pass you need to be down-ready, showing your hands, and stepping into your shot as you receive the pass. This affects being able to get your body squared up to the basket on the shot, and not drifting or fading away. It also makes your shot a lot quicker.
- Stay in your shot– Too many players shoot the ball and don’t hold they’re following through, kick their leg out, drift on their shot, etc. Great shooters though stay in their shot until they see the ball go in or miss. The goal should be to land in the same general area that you jumped from (slightly forward).
- Confidence – If you want to be a good or even great shooter you must have confidence in your shot. Whether you missed the last few shots or made the last few, you need to be ready to shoot the next good shot that comes your way. Great shooters have a short memory.
Great shooters are not born, but they can be made if the player is willing to learn and then put in the time to develop their shot. Hopefully, you will be able to use this shooting instruction article to help you get started on the path to becoming a great shooter.