Shooting the Basketball Bank Shot
Using the backboard when shooting the basketball is a lost art, but understanding how you should be shooting the basketball bank shot will definitely increase your shooting percentages from certain parts of the floor. Check out this video to see how it’s done.
The Lost Art- The Basketball Bank Shot
A lost art in the game of basketball is using the backboard on a jump shot. Most people might think of using the backboard as a shot following a post move, and it’s great for that. But it can also be used by guards when they are taking tough shots in the mid-range. Most good bank shooters like to take this shot within 10 to 15 feet and close to a 45° angle and you just want to shoot it like a regular jump shot.
It’s good to put a little bit of arc on the basketball because you just want to gently knock it off the board where it has the best chance to go in. If you shoot it too hard it is likely to ricochet wildly off the other side. You will hear some old-time basketball people call it the “kiss” off the glass. That will give you an idea of how softly the ball should be shot.
There is no real trick or secret to making bank shots other than it just takes a lot of practice and repetition. But if you dedicate the time to it this shot can pay huge dividends in games, because by becoming proficient with the bank shot your shooting percentages from certain areas on the floor will increase dramatically.