Basketball Shooting Drills

  • August 4, 2016
Basketball Shooting Drill

PRE-SHOOTING WARM-UP

THE FLAWLESS PRACTICE – The most important thing is to start practicing your shooting form without a basketball. Follow through the shot process, having a smooth arc and action on your hands and fingers, and making sure the timing is precise. Your body and feet should be move simultaneously at all times. Also, do not forget to notice your follow through. A good follow through usually transfers into a good shooting session and an overall pure shooting form.

It is extremely important to give most of your effort in the pre-warm up sessions on footwork.

Shoot at least 100 seamless shots (without a basketball) – the motion only, before the actual drill. Now there are several hundred videos on the net on shooting forms and what not. There are several hundred coaches across this globe advising us how to shoot the ball or what a proper form is to be. However, the reality is that the form that you settle with is probably because you are comfortable with it. It suits you well and you are habituated to that certain form. It works for you, regardless of being right or wrong. That may be the truth but it is not necessarily the right method either. What we believe is the best way is to follow and or memorize the patterns of the best shooter on our planet. If we want to be a great dunker we watch and follow the best dunker in the world. If we want to be the best shot blocker we study the best shot blocker in the NBA. If we want to become a physicist we hear about a lot about Albert Einstein. So, we can conclude that we have a nature of following the best of the best, regardless what category we are talking about.

Who is the best shooter in the Basketball World? That title belongs to none other than Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors. So, we are humbly suggesting you to study and memorize his way of shooting. His form is a beautiful thing to watch and since he is the best, learning from the best is just a natural thing to do right?

DUNKFEED’S SUGGESTION

A. BALANCE & POSITION

1) Spin Pass w/ball – Step into shot position – no Shot – check feet

2) Spin pass into shot (against the wall or backboard) check follow through and feet

B. FOOTWORK DISCIPLINE

1) Spin ball & fair up to the basket

2) Dribble and square up

3) Then spin the ball or dribble it

4) square up & shoot

For younger players, we strongly recommended them using a rim lower than 10ft. Depending on age and height we suggest anywhere between 7.5ft – 9ft, or whatever you are comfortable with. Be sure to use the ball that also fits your age and size. Basketballs have different sizes, you can check it in our review section. Last but not least, when shooting the ball and or working on your shooting form, be as close as possible to the rim. That is a very important part of the whole process, even for professionals.

Basketball Shooting Drill

After all the prep and warm drills are completed we advise you to follow a program that we have accumulated from professionals (not to be named due to legal issues), but the program itself is very effective. If followed rigorously and diligently, this program can do wonders or take you to the step that you can call yourself an advanced intermediate or collegiate level player.

There are no shortcuts into becoming a great shooter. The work must be put in. However, what kind of work, is what athletes are searching these days. The right kind of drills or formula to achieve success. There are a lot of drills out there but we know the one that has never failed. Well, Dunkfeed suggests you to ask Michael Jordan if this drill is a failure or not. To respond to that, it cannot be a failure and it is your loss if you do not follow it. Simple as that. One summer workout away from becoming an excellent shooter.

We will also post the locations by (numbering) of the shooting spots on image for you under the descriptions.

1. The first spot you start your shooting – is from the corner, about 3m away from the rim on the left side, or the first spot in the game of “around the world.” A strict rule that you have to follow here is no matter what, do not use the backboard. Shoot about 50 total shots from this position and try to achieve more than 60% in overall makes.

2. The second spot of this unique drill is just to the opposite of the first drill. On the right side, 3m away from the rim. Same drill and same principle. Backboard use is restricted here as well. The goal is the same as the first, achieve at least more than 60% in shooting percentage by shooting a total of 50 shots.

3. The third spot is near to under the rim, or precisely 1m away from the rim . We suggest you to strictly use the backboard at all times. This will your muscle memory on the usage of the backboard and be more dependent on it from that angle. 30 quick overall shots will do and you should expect to achieve close to 95% of shot makes.

4. The challenge begins here or you might start to enjoy this about now. About 4-5 meters away from the rim in a 35-40 degree angle. If not sure please refer to the image below on the numbering of this drill. Shoot 50 shots in total and the goal here is to make 45 or more. All shots and especially the made shots should be used by the backboard. So - Backboard only!

5. Same as #4. Just on the opposite side, the ride side in this case. Shoot 50 shots and try making 45 or more. Backboard only!

6. Left elbow! Taking a step into the elbow and launch your shot. Try to be comfortable with that motion. Shoot 30 total shots from here and the goal is to make more than 50%. Use of Backboard restricted.

7. Right elbow! Taking a step into the elbow and launch your shot. Try to be comfortable with that motion. Shoot 30 total shots from here and the goal is to make more than 50%. Use of Backboard restricted.

8. Free throws! On the free throw line, shoot it like a common free throw. Jump shots are restricted here. Develop a smooth follow through and if you have a particular routine perform it every time. 100 total shots here and the goal is to achieve 70 or more made shots in total.

9. 3pt line left-corner. The location is at as it says. From the left side of the 3pt line, shoot 30 total 3 pointers. Target here is to make 30% of your shots, at least.

10. 3pt line, right-corner. The location is at as it says. From the right side of the 3pt line, shoot 30 total 3 pointers. Target here is to make 30% of your shots, at least.

11. 3pt line, center or check ball area. The location is at as it says. From the center point of the 3pt line, shoot 30 total 3 pointers. Target here is to make 30% of your shots, at least

12. After you have completed all shots from all 11 areas, finish off this drill with 10 layups from each side, right and left. 10 made layups. Drill complete.

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