Basketball Tips – Set Shot

The first step in developing good shooting technique is to stand close to the basket about one metre from the back-board just slightly to one side of the ring. Set the ball in front of the face about level with the chin. For this basic shot the ball should rest in your right hand if you are right hand shooter and left hand if you are a left handed shooter.

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The other and is used merely to balance the ball and is placed at the side of the ball. The wrist of the shooting hand is flexed so the back of the hand is at a right angle to the forearm which should be in a vertical position, thus leaving the ball directly above the elbow. The knees should be slightly flexed with the right foot slightly in front of the other. The slight turn of the body will allow you to move the forearm, elbow and wrist in the same vertical plane and will help you keep your elbow close to your body.

Once you are in the set position the only movement prior to commencing the shot will be the knees bending slightly to establish a rhythm for the shot. The ball remains still and as the knees are straightened the elbow is raised with the wrist remaining flexed until the arm is fully extended toward the ring. At the top of the extension of the arm the wrist is snapped as the hand moves from its right angle position to the forearm to pointing downwards looking like what we call a “goose’s neck”. The ball should bounce softly off the backboard and fall to the bottom of the net. The “target” for the shooter in this position would normally be just inside the top right hand corner of the rectangle painted above the ring.

Source: betterbasketball.com.au

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The Jump Shot

When a player is a strong driver and can advance the ball quickly up the court defenders will tend to retreat away from the driver to prevent him from going all the way to the basket for an easy lay-up. The counter move for the offensive player is the jump shot. In recent years the jump shot has become the most potent weapon for the offense. Players have extended their effective range to well beyond the three point line making it even more difficult for the defense to counter the offensive strategies.

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When learning the jump shot remember to practice within comfortable range of the basket. And then gradually increase the range only after high percentage accuracy is achieved from the shorter distance. Once again it is very important that the correct footwork is used. It makes no difference if you are a left handed shooter or right handed the player must stop on the foot opposite to the dribbling hand. It is desirable to commence this shooting drill standing close to the basket as demonstrated for the set shot, but this time the pivot foot stays on the floor while the other steps into it to gather momentum for a jump. The player carries the ball up to the crown line of the head as he is jumping and then at the height of the jump releases the ball with one hand for the shot. The drill is repeated from both sides of the basket using the foot closest to the centre of the court as the pivot foot.

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After the player is able to make a high percentage of shots from close to the basket the drill is repeated from close to the free throw line except this time the player starts with a dribble. Regardless whether the player is right handed or left handed the footwork will be the same. Start close to the edge of the free throw line facing the basket with feet about shoulder width apart. The object is to take just one dribbler as the right foot hits the floor the ball hits the floor. Take possession of the ball as the left foot hits the floor then bring the right foot back to about shoulder width apart coming to a quick stop. The player should remain in a crouched position with the knees well bent and the back almost straight up. The eyes should be focused on the “target” all through the routine and after coming to a quick stop jump vertically releasing the ball with one hand at the height of the jump. In the same way as practiced close to the basket, the ball is raised to about the crown line of the head quickly during the jump. When making the dribble the player should be moving laterally to get used to squaring off to the basket with shoulders virtually parallel to the baseline at the point of release. Do not try to jump too high as this might unbalance the shot and when trying to jump too high the player is likely to raise the ball too high above his head and therefore reduce his effective shooting range.

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The drill is repeated from the other side of the keyway starting the dribble with the ball hitting the floor at the same time as the left foot hits the floor and this time stopping on the right foot for the quick jump shot. When the player is able to execute the shot after taking one dribble in either direction and stopping on the correct foot, it is then time to use more than one dribble. The emphasis is on always stopping on the inside foot, that is the foot closest to the center of the court, coming to a quick stop after squaring off to the basket, making a comfortable but aggressive vertical jump and releasing the ball with one hand at the height of the jump. Common mistakes are releasing the ball after the player has reached the height of his jump, leaving the non shooting hand on the ball for too long thus making the shot almost a two handed shot, releasing the ball too early and shooting off the wrong foot. The work spent on a young player getting the technique right in the early stages will pay good dividends for the rest of his basketball career.

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The Layup

More in our series on improving your game. We continue with Shooting and concentrate on  “The Layup”

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The lay-up shot is the easiest shot in the game to take and yet many players tend to make it more difficult than it should be. Beginning players will improve quickly if in the initial stages care is taken using correct footwork and shooting technique. The object of the lay-up shot is to get as close to the basket as possible before releasing the ball and then laying the ball softly off the backboard. The footwork and timing for the jump is important while the release of the ball is the same as explained for the set shot.

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Start at a point about 1m. outside the edge of the free throw line facing the basket with both feet about shoulder width apart. The object of the drill is to ensure the shot is taken using the correct footwork and timing.. The player should make just one bounce (dribble) of the ball while taking only three steps. As the player takes the first step with his left foot he bounces the ball so that the ball hits the floor at the same time as the left foot hits the floor. The player takes possession of the ball as the right foot hits the floor then jumps off the left foot to take the shot. The description is for a right handed shooter and the instructions are reversed for a left handed shooter. The main point of emphasis is the right handed shooter should jump of the left foot and a left handed shooter should jump off the right foot.

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Usually it helps if the young player is instructed to call out “left, right, left” as he works at the drill and exaggerates the way he “bangs” his feet into the floor while making his three steps. For some players it may seem a little embarrassing to exaggerate the steps and to call out the steps, but it helps the rapid learning process and it can be a bit of fun as well. The drill is repeated from both sides of the keyway, then after players are able to use the correct footwork the starting point can be beyond the three point line and more than one dribble is used. The emphasis remains that the players must shoot off the correct foot.

Source: betterbasketball.com.au

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Shooting Tips

Shooting can be just awesome…

However if you’re doing this in real time here’s some handy tips

Since a team must score to win, shooting is undoubtedly an important fundamental of the game. If there is a secret to good shooting it is countless hours of practice and more practice. Why do coaches love to see a goal on the side of the garage or on a pole in the back yard? It is because such goals give opportunities for more hours and hours of practice. Probably more shooters have been made in the back yard than anywhere else.

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The old expression of “practice makes perfect” is not entirely correct. What is a more appropriate expression is “perfect practice makes perfect” The most important point is to practise using correct technique. Once sound technique has been established, practise within comfortable range of the basket and then gradually increase the distance. Many players make the mistake of practising long range shots before being able to make a high percentage of shots close to the basket. Straining to make the range will lead to poor technique and little progress.

When I was young, I had to learn the fundamentals of basketball. You can have all the physical ability in the world, but you still have to know the fundamentals.
Michael Jordan

Coaches may find it relatively easy to teach technique, but it is much more difficult to teach “touch”. Try to make the shot “soft” no matter what the range. You should develop the feeling that you are placing the ball into the ring and not just shooting at it. I often suggest that the player tries to imagine the ring is covered with a thin sheet of glass and he should place the ball on the thin sheet of glass without breaking it.

Coaches can instruct on technique but it is difficult to teach touch. One thing in common between great shoot is that each shot looks the same no matter how far out it might be. This comes from using good technique, but it also shows the players have good touch. When a player with good touch shoots the ball it will go through the net with a smooth swish whether it was a layup or long range jump shot.

There is a different preparation leading up to each shot but the final release of the ball, with the wrist snapping and the index and second finger last to leave the ball, is the same. Take care how it feels as you release the ball so that you can develop the fine accuracy which is necessary for success.

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Another point of emphasis is where and the player should determine his shooting target. Players often hesitate when asked about their aim when they are shooting. This suggests they have not made a habit of creating a precise target when shooting. Some may aim at the front of the rim with the intention of shooting just over it while others might aim for the back of the rim. I don’t agree with either of these responses but say, “If you aim at a particular target you may hit it” I prefer to aim at the centre of the ring. Unfortunately may players aim in the general direction of the ring without being precise about the target so high percentage and consistent shooting will be rare.

The basic shots in basketball are the lay-up, the set shot, the jump shot and the hook shot. There are others of course, including the dunk shot, the alley-oop shot, the jump hook shot and reverse layup, but now we are only going to concentrate on the basic shots.

Source: betterbasketball.com.au

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