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Basketball Shooting Tips
Basketball shooting tips will help you increase your shooting percentage and overall scoring efficiency through better decision making.
Of course I can't talk about basketball shooting tips without going through the principles of "BEEF," but shooting "R-O-B-O-T" principles will also be discussed. Here are the acronyms in short:
Triple-Threat StanceThe first you'll always hear about basketball shooting tips is B-E-E-F. This is where anyone should begin to improve their shot: at the fundamentals of basketball shooting. The basketball shooting tips B-E-E-F principles won't be as effective without proper body control. Because of this, before getting into that, let's visit proper body control and positioning.
As the basketball scoring tips page says, to get good shots, the first thing you're going to want to do is move without the ball. This will help to get you open for higher percentage shots.
Once you get open, then you're going to immediately get into triple threat position. Triple threat means that you are ready to shoot, dribble, or pass without any unnecessary additional movement that will slow you down.
So, the most basic of the basketball shooting tips is the triple threat position, because if you're showing a threat to do something other than shoot, then the defenders aren't as likely to crowd you to prevent the shot.
Here's the triple threat basics:
The dribbling portion leads into some basketball shooting tips for shooting layups, the most basic of shots:
The basic principles of shooting layups are that you jump off of the opposite leg than hand you are shooting with. If you're shooting a right-handed lay-up, then jump off of your left leg and vice versa.
You have to be able to shoot both right and left handed layups. This is because you want to shoot with the hand opposite your defender to protect the ball. To help do this, time your last dribble with the step of your inside leg, then bring the ball up with both hands at chest level on the side away from the defender.
Next, you want to jump off the opposite leg and then bring the knee up of the non-jumping leg. Straighten it again just before the peak of the jump. Then, use a soft touch with either a overhand/"push" shot, or an underhand/"scoop" shot. Of course, use the backboard to your advantage.
B-E-E-FNow that you know what to do when catching the ball, and layup principles, here (perhaps again) are the principles of B-E-E-F for spot-up shooting:
Be balanced, even before the ball gets to you, because you want to be spotting up ready to get a quick, but non-hurried, shot up.
Have your feet facing the basket, slightly staggered with your dominant foot slightly leading. You're knees should be slightly bent with all of your weight centered (so you're not leaning forward, backward, or to the side).
F: Follow Through
The basketball shooting tips' principles of B-E-E-F should be followed, but how can you be completely sure you're following them?
Video tape your shot! The best way to improve your basketball shooting fundamentals is to video tape yourself shooting, both in practice and in games. Then you can see if you're doing something like popping your elbow out or leaning, etc. You can also talk to your coach, teammates, or parents to see if they notice anything about your shot.
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R-O-B-O-TThe principles of R-O-B-O-T basketball shooting tips overlap with B-E-E-F, but go a little further into smart decisions when it comes to shooting in basketball.
Then, as the "F" of the B-E-E-F basketball shooting tips states, there should be a one count on your follow through. After that, FOLLOW YOUR SHOT! If you miss, you can get another shot!
Additional Basketball Shooting TipsNow that the basketball shooting tips of B-E-E-F and R-O-B-O-T have been explained, here are a few more tips:
As stated before, video tape your shot, it will help you to determine what changes, if any, need to be made to improve your shooting mechanics.
Also, use the backboard as much as possible. It will greatly improve your shooting percentage. The best areas to use the backboard to make bank shots are at 45 degree angles from the rim. This is generally from the top of the bottom blocks to the bottom of the first block off of the free throw line and extended. The same arc should be used even if you are shooting bank shots, as well as touch.
Finally, know the difference between the shooting hand and the balance or guide hand. The shooting hand should have fingers spread comfortably with the ball touching everything but the heel of the hand. The thumb and index finger should have a decent amount of distance between them, with them forming about a 70 degree angle.
The guide hand is just that, a guide, it should not affect the path of the ball at all, except to prevent your shooting hand's thumb from spinning the ball (thumb drag). It's kept on the side of the ball and is released at the peak of the shot, just slightly moving away from the ball. It ends about at the level of the shooting hand's wrist and in a vertical position. Picture patting your extended shooting arm's forearm just below the wrist with your non-shooting hand.
The above basketball shooting tips will help improve your shot, but if you want to improve you scoring average, also check out the basketball scoring tips pages. They will help you to improve your overall scoring efficiency.
Also consider the training video "Better Basketball's Better Shooting," which you can get below...
Basketball Shooting Drills
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Use these basketball shooting tips to execute the basketball shooting drills.
Basketball Scoring Tips.
The "T" of basketball shooting tips' R-O-B-O-T, says to see if any of your teammates has a better shot. Explore this page to help best get them the ball.
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