Two Basketball Practice Strategies GUARANTEED To Improve Accuracy

Two Basketball Practice Strategies GUARANTEED To Improve Accuracy

We GUARANTEE More Points On the Board By Using These Two Strategies

Everybody wants to score more and that’s what we at Star Shooter are all about – helping players and ultimately teams knock down more shots. This article will focus on two key strategies that are proven to significantly increase ppg – points per game. In your individual practice, or, if you are a coach, as you plan your practice, design your workout/drills around these two strategies – Simplify and Simulate. Here’s a fuller explanation.

SIMPLIFY the Shooting Motion – “Less is BEST”

The more motion and the more moving parts involved in your shot, the harder it is to consistently replicate the same movement. Here are two ways to SIMPLIFY the shot.

ONE: Shorten the stroke by keeping the ball high – a) when near the basket, start it above the eyes, and b) from the perimeter, start it at the shoulders. Don’t drop the ball below the shoulders toward the waist. This is called “dipping”. The fact is however, dropping the ball WILL create momentum and rhythm, BUT, it will also create these NEGATIVE consequences:

Near the basket, there is a greater chance for it to be knocked away or stolen by shorter players. Good defenders look for this as they watch films

It takes much longer to shoot because the ball travels further during the shooting motion. Whether inside or outside, a quick release keeps the ball from being blocked or tipped.

Tips for learning to keep the ball high:

Change the passing target. Have teammates aim at the “chin” when on the perimeter and at the “top of the head” inside. Target hands should be above or below the eyes.

Each receiver must present a target with their hands

Reaching out to receive the ball eases the ball into the body. Pretend you are “catching an egg” and you don’t want it to break. Reaching and easing the ball TOWARD the body creates a shooting rhythm and replaces the rhythm created during dipping.

Give a consequence for 1) each time the ball is dipped and 2) each pass that is off target. Good set-up passes that hit the target hands improve shooting accuracy because it allows for a smooth transition into the shooting motion.

IMPORTANT Tip for Perimeter Shots: If the ball is caught above the shoulders, don’t keep it high to shoot. The shooting motion should involve quickly dropping it down to shoulder level and then back up to the point of release.

TWO: Use the SHOOTING STRAP for as many shooting drills as possible. (We don’t say this because we invented the STRAP. We have had so many coaches say they could kick themselves for not trying it sooner. IT WORKS for EVERYONE!!!) Wearing the SHOOTING STRAP immediately SIMPLIFIES the shot by making the brain focus on the shooting hand ONLY because the non-shooting arm is restricted. Example: if you break your leg, the other leg takes over immediately – automatically. That is why it is so important to make sure the STRAP is tight enough. Here is a tip. When applied properly, the non-shooting arm cannot fully extended when the thumb is pointing up.

For more information on how to put it on, click on this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sqygF2j-r1o

Improved accuracy will AUTOMATICALLY occur for these reasons when the STRAP is used properly and consistently:

One hand release

Better vertical alignment

Better touch and feel of the ball

Better ball balance

SIMULATE Game Conditions

To score consistently in games you must become “comfortable” with the high energy, chaotic conditions involved in the game. Watch an NFL quarterback in the pocket. Those with experience can execute and hit their receivers while inexperienced players quickly tuck the ball and run. Another example is how soldiers train in extremely difficult conditions to enable them to “keep their head” when on a real mission and things get bad.

Here are some simple ideas to SIMULATE game condition shooting. The whole idea is to make the body move with HIGH energy, then quickly compose itself to deliver an accurate shot.

Two Changes of Direction – End-line to Sideline Shots

Start inside the arc and SPRINT to the end-line and then to the sideline.

Touch the floor with BOTH hands to break your rhythm.

Catch a pass and shoot from your range.

Never touch a line on the same side of the basket in a row. Vary your movement.

Make at least 3 shots in a ROW.

Vary receiving angles by catching passes from the inside and crosscourt.

Two Changes of Direction – Sideline to End-line Shots

Start inside the arc and SPRINT to the sideline and then to the end-line.

Touch the floor with BOTH hands to break your rhythm.

Catch a pass and shoot from your range.

Never touch a line on the same side of the basket in a row. Vary your movement.

Make at least 3 shots in a ROW.

Vary receiving angles by catching passes from the inside and crosscourt.

Two Changes of Direction – Sideline to Mid-court line

Start inside the arc and SPRINT to the side-line and then to the mid-court line.

Touch the floor with BOTH hands to break your rhythm.

Never touch a line on the same side of the basket in a row. Vary your movement.

Return to the 3 point line or inside – catch a pass and shoot.

Make at least 3 shots in a ROW.

Vary receiving angles by catching passes from the inside and crosscourt.

 

Please let us know how these tips are working for you. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at any time.
Jay@starshooter.net or Ryan@starshooter.net