Basic Shooting Tips
Taking the Jump Shot from Start to Finish
This video will put the entire jump shot from start to finish, from correct foot position to the release of the shot. Every part of the jumper is important, but until you are able to take the jump shot from start to finish without any breakdowns, you’re shot will probably be inconsistent.
The Jump Shot in its Entirety
So now that we have all of the basic components of the shot down, now it’s time to put the jump shot from start to finish all together. First you start with the feet. Both feet must be pointed straight toward the basket. Next you want your knees bent in a comfortable position where you are using all of your leg muscles to power the shot toward the basket. Next make sure that the ball is in the shot pocket with your shooting hand behind the ball as that is what will trigger it, and the guide hand along the side.
You want your eyes right on the rim for the entire shot. If you take your eyes off the rim to follow the ball flight you will look up too soon and that will cause you to miss. You want to keep all your focus on the rim the entire time. Next you will elevate and as you raise up everything must go at the same time in perfect coordination. Then right before you get to the top of your jump you want to release the ball, holding your follow through until the ball is at the rim.
But the most important part of the jump shot is your confidence. You have to believe the ball is going to go in every single time you shoot it. And when you miss you have to believe that the next one is going in.
Proper Follow-through in the Jump Shot
The follow-through after the ball is shot is one of the most important thing that goes into consistently accurate shooting. The reason is where the follow-through hand goes, the ball will usually follow. Check out this video to see how to keep your trigger hand in the proper follow-through in the jump shot position.
Maintaining Your Follow-Through will Enable Greater Consistency
The follow-through in the jump shot means that when you release the ball that you want your hand and arm going directly towards the basket. The follow through is important because it tells you exactly where your direction is when you shot the basketball. The first thing to check is where the ball went as it hit the basket. Did it go off to the right or the left? Whenever you miss a shot right or left that means that there is something mechanically wrong with your shot.
Check out your hand position to see that your hand is straight to the center of the basket. The hand is what will be the trigger that going to control the direction the basketball is going. You also want to make sure your shooting arm is fully extended, because if it’s not it’s likely that your shot will end up going short. By fully extending your arm you are putting all your momentum into the shot will and that will give it the best chance going in.
So whenever your shot is completed take a look at how everything has lined up. Your shooting arm should be extended with your right hand, as I pointed out in the video, as if it were in the cookie jar. The feet should be planted and the weight balanced evenly on each foot, while never falling over or losing equilibrium. Everything should be directed not only at the basket, but at the center of the basket, as that is your true target.
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.
A Lesson in Jump Shot Form Shooting
Almost all young basketball players when practicing shooting will grab a basketball and immediately start jacking up shots. The basketball actually can get in the way of developing great basketball shooting form. This video will describe how jump shot form shooting can give you better form much quicker without the use of a basketball. And you can learn to practice it anywhere, anytime.
How Form Shooting can make your Shot Better
Form shooting is one of the most important aspects of shooting because it makes your shooting fundamentals as close to perfect as they can be. When it becomes automatic using perfect form it will become comfortable, and with that form you will be able to shoot the basketball over and over again consistently. Any shooting form that is fundamentally perfect is most important part of shooting a basketball. You want to take out all of those little imperfections that keep the ball from going straight every time, and the best way to do that is by shooting without a basketball.
By looking at your form in the mirror will allow you to get your timing down consistently. Then when you finally pick up the basketball you will begin by starting close to the basket so you learn how to shoot without the pressure of making longer shots. You will also the gaining experience in shooting the basketball without the need for a basket or a ball.
Some people may say, “Well if I don’t have a good place to practice form shooting”. And the nice thing about it is you can practice it anywhere. You might want avoid working on your form shooting in math class (unless your coach is also the math teacher) but anywhere else is fair game. After a while you will start to do form shooting just out of habit. Watch some of the NBA players before they shoot free throws and you will see some of them do form shooting. It’s a universal drill to help you improve your overall shooting ability.
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.