Great basketball shooters know that you have to get the work done before the ball gets there. This means that you need to be down ready and stepping into your shot as the basketball gets there. If you catch the ball standing straight up, than your shot will be slower and give the defender more time to contest your shot. It will also lower your shooting percentage.
This basketball fundamentals video will teach you how to shoot a basketball by breaking down the fundamentals of shooting, but it will also help work on shot preparation. Learn how to shoot the correct way and then start working on your shot. This will give you a strong foundation and give you a much higher ceiling.
Drill Name: How to Shoot a Basketball
Drill Goal: Learn proper shot preparation, form, and follow through.
Equipment Needed: 1 basketball, basket, and a partner
Tips: There are 3 different ways that you can come into your shot and it is up to you to decide what way works best for you. Once you decide how you are going to do it stick with it and don't switch back and forth. Here are the 3 ways; (A) Pivot into your shot right/left or left/right depending on side of floor and dominate hand. (B) Hop into your shot. (C) Step into your shot right/left or left/right depending on side of floor or dominate hand.
- Stand Back 2-3 feet behind where you are going to shoot the ball.
- Drop your butt and hold your hands up ready to receive the pass.
- When the ball is coming towards you in the air adjust behind it so that you don't have to reach right or left for the ball.
- As the basketball touches your hands pivot, step, or hop into your shot.
- Don't dip the basketball, jump straight up and down, hold your follow through, and land in the same spot you jumped from.