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Crossover Dribble and Shot
Crossover Dribble and Shot

The cross-over dribble has become a staple for all great perimeter scorers. These great scorers make it look easy, but see how much goes into this important shot.

Shot Off a Screen
Shot Off a Screen

The screen when set effectively will always create some problems in a defense. This will allow a brief opportunity to take an open shot. See how we do it in this video.

Pull Up Jump Shot
Pull Up Jump Shot

Often the best shot a basketball player will get is before the opposing team's defense can set up. Watch this video to see everything that goes into this shot.

Shooting the Runner
Shooting the Runner

The runner in the lane can be a great way for a smaller player to attack the basket. See how it's done in this video.

One Dribble Control Drill
One Dribble Control Drill

When taking a shot off the dribble that final dribble into the shot pocket will be the most important. Watch in this video an excellent drill to work on this.

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.

Europe vs USA Basketball
Europe vs USA Basketball

In this eBook Europe vs America- Differences in how a Basketball Game is Played, Coach Justin Rake describes some of these differences, and then demonstrates with videos how teams like the San Antonio Spurs are making this part of their attack.

Basketball Shooting off the Dribble
Basketball Shooting off the Dribble

All great scorers have to be able to shoot off the dribble. Here's how.

Moving Without the Basketball
Moving Without the Basketball

Before every shooter gets to pull the trigger on his deadly shot he has to get open. This book demonstrates how.

Basketball Advanced Shooting
Basketball Advanced Shooting

Basketball Advanced Shooting builds off the previous book of Basketball Shooting Fundamentals to demonstrate ways to create space for the shot.

Basketball Shooting Fundamentals
Basketball Shooting Fundamentals

This book discusses basics for a picture-perfect jump shot. These basic concepts are supported visually with links to videos.

What Young Basketball Players Need to Know
What Young Basketball Players Need to Know

This book is a primer for young basketball players and their parents on what they need to do to become successful in the game of basketball.