Hand Position for Shooting a Basketball
Hand placement when shooting a basketball is a major factor in consistently shooting a jump shot. The shooting hand is the trigger that launches the basketball on its path to the basket, and if that is off by just a little it will affect the flight of the ball. Watch this short video to find what the correct hand position for shooting a basketball is. You may be surprised at these little tips.
Why Hand Position on the Basketball is Vital
All great shooters have virtually the same hand position on the ball even if their form may be slightly different. You want your shooting hand behind the basketball with your index finger on and the center of the ball. You also want to make sure your fingers are spread out on the ball in order to cover as much area as you possibly can. This will allow you to have more control of the basketball in general. You have a grip that is not too tight on the ball, and this will allow you to release it as freely as possible. Your shooting motion should be fluid and relaxed.
You want your guide hand on the side of the basketball and be sure that it’s just holding the ball in place. Its only function in the shot is just to keep the ball from falling off your shooting hand, but should not have any influence on the release of basketball. You want to make sure your grip is comfortable.
Another thing you want to make sure you’re doing is taking your wrist back as far as it will go, as this will allow you to propel the ball forward as you shoot. You do this to get backspin on the shot which will allow you to get that friendly roll on the rim which is called the shooter’s touch. When you are done shooting you want to make sure that your guide hand and all fingers are pointed toward the sky and that your shooting fingers are pointed toward the rim, and never right or left of the target.