Proper Foot Position in the Jump Shot
You can’t expect to consistently hit your jumpers if you don’t start with the right foot position in the jump shot. Watch the video below to see what you should always do, plus things that are optional to do depending on what feels comfortable. It is a very important aspect of great jump shooting because it provides your foundation. Like any structure, it wouldn’t last long without a strong foundation, and likewise that’s where the basketball jump shot must be built.
Why Is Foot Position So Important?
Foot position is important because when you are looking to shoot a basketball you want make sure that everything is lined up perfectly on the basket. One of the keys to perfect form for your jump shot is for everything to the aligned perfectly, and this starts with your feet. Then when you are facing the basket everything else should follow suit. It’s also good for both feet to be separated slightly. This will help you to go up straight into your jump shot. One of the basics of shooting is you want your dominant foot slightly in front of your other foot. Your dominant foot will always be on the same side as your shooting hand.
To start with we should always move very close to the basket. You start off with easy shots to determine just how close you want your feet together and just how much forward you want your dominant foot to be. All of this will be determined by how comfortable your foot position is for you, and you can find this out best when you’re close to the basket. After that I would recommend doing short jump shots from the free-throw line or little closer so you can learn to go straight up and straight down without having the greater pressure of shooting from a longer distance. After that I would work on coming to the ball and other things that I teach in my videos.