Being able to shoot well in a game has about as much to do with mental as it does with physical. There is an added pressure that comes with making shots during a game. Even though you can never fully replicate game pressure when you are doing basketball drills in an empty gym, you can put in some factors to help develop mental toughness shooting.
This basketball shooting drill is not complicated, but it will require the player to stay mentally engaged during the entire drill and force them to make multiple shots in a row to beat the drill. When it comes to doing catch and shoot basketball drills, it is important to have a competition factor to keep players mentally engaged. If you don’t, they will tend to check out mentally, which will lead to bad shooting habits.
Basketball Drill Overview
Drill Name: 80 Percent Basketball Shooting Drill
Equipment Needed: 1-2 basketballs and 1-2 partners.
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Goals of the Drill
- Work on being able to make shots under pressure.
- Stay mentally engaged on every shot.
- Don’t let a missed shot negatively impact your next shot.
- Stay in your shot until you make or miss, don’t back out of your shot too early.
- To make the drill easier, you can make it 3 out of 5 to advance instead of 4 out of 5.
Basketball Drill Instructions
- The shooter is going to start in the corner, ready to shoot.
- If you have two partners, one will be a rebounder and one a passer with two basketballs.
- If you only have one partner, they will be both rebounder and passer, and there will only be one ball.
- To beat the drill, the player must make 4/5 shots from the corner, wing, top of the key, opposite wing, and opposite corner, and they only have 2 minutes to do it.
- However, anytime the player gets less than 4/5, they must move back a spot (unless already in the starting corner).
- The counting starts on a make in the first corner.