One of the biggest challenges for a shooter is making shots when tired; it is different from being fresh when shooting. To still be a great shooter in basketball when you are tired, you need to really lock into your shooting fundamentals and make sure that you stay mentally tough. Another key is being in great shape because if you are in great shape, you don’t have to worry about being fatigued.
This catch and shoot basketball shooting drill is used at UNCG, and it is going to help the player learn to make shots when they are tired and help improve their overall conditioning. Basketball drills like this are great because they work on a specific skill like shooting and conditioning. That means that you can maximize your gym time and not have to do as much straight running.
Basketball Drill Overview
Drill Name: 7-5-3-1 Three Point Basketball Shooting Drill
Equipment Needed: One basketball and a partner.
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Goals of the Drill
- Work on shooting the basketball, mental toughness, and conditioning.
- Stay in your shot until you make or miss, don’t run off early to the next spot.
- Stay mentally tough as you begin to get tired, and really lock in on great shooting technique, footwork, etc.
- Value every shot.
- You can make this into a rebounding basketball drill as well by making the partner have to rebound every miss before it hits the ground.
Basketball Drill Instructions
- The player will start in the corner, and the partner will start with the basketball in the paint.
- When the drill starts, the player is going to get the ball and shoot a corner three.
- After they shoot the ball, they will run up to the wing for a catch and shoot three.
- They will shoot a total of 7 shots moving back and forth from corner to wing.
- After the seventh shot, the player will sprint the baseline and then repeat the corner to wing shooting pattern, but this time, they will only shoot 5 shots.
- After the fifth shot, they will sprint the baseline to the original side and shoot 3 shots going corner to the wing.
- After the last shot, they will sprint the baseline for a final time and shoot one shot from the corner.
- After this corner shot, they will sprint to center court and then come back in for a finish at the rim.
- This completes the drill.
- Depending on the level of the player, you can set the goal of made shots to different numbers, but ideally, you want to make 10 or more; 12 makes in the drill is elite.