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Basketball Shooting

Improve Basketball Shooting

Most people watch a basketball game and do not even think about the form and technique needed for shooting a basketball. Players who are able to shoot and score are a huge asset to their team. Possessing basketball shooting skills is harder than most people think. While watching an NBA game, it is easy to see that every player has their own way of shooting the basketball. Generally, each player possesses basic basketball shooting skills that make a shooter successful. Basketball players need to transfer their muscle power through their lower body to their core, then through their upper body, out of their hands. It is important for the basketball players to be in shape and have the muscle power it takes to get into position to shoot the basketball. The Myosource Kinetic Bands provide the resistance that the basketball players need to develop quick muscle fibers throughout the entire body. In order to transfer energy and power from the toes to the hands, it is important for basketball players to possess the muscle strength to do so. The Myosource Kinetic Bands also allow the basketball players to develop muscle flexibility, strength, balance, and control so shooting the basketball becomes a pattern of natural movements.

One way to stay off the bench is to be able to shoot the basketball. This is why young basketball players should learn the proper forms and techniques of shooting early in their basketball careers, so as they progress they are able to increase their scoring potential. When a basketball team has great shooters they are able to spread out the defense, which in turn opens up more possibilities for layups and other types of basketball shots.

At the end of a basketball game, the outcome can depend on how well your team shot the ball. It is important that basketball players realize that their range, timing, and accuracy in shooting the basketball is what will set them apart from their competition. Coaches use a variety of shooting drills so their basketball players are able to work on getting into position and controlling their bodies to make accurate shots.

Basketball Shooting Drill:

The basketball coach will designate a variety of 5 shooting spots on the basketball court. The basketball players will put on the Myosource Kinetic Bands. One basketball player will start at the free throw line while another player is positioned with the basketball underneath the basket to pass and rebound for the shooter. The basketball player standing underneath the basket with the basketball will quickly pass to the player on the free throw line, who will then shoot at the basketball hoop - the other basketball player will rebound the basketball and pass it back to the shooter until the shooter makes the shot from that position. When the basketball player makes their shot they will move to the next designated area and continue shooting and receiving the pass from the rebounder until they make a basket - this will continue until the basketball shooter has made a basket from each of the designated spots.

This basketball shooting drill is used for players to improve their timing, range, and accuracy for shooting the basketball.

Basketball Shooting Skills:

  • Succesful basketball shooters are confident and able to determine when they have a good shot and take it without hesitating.
  • Basketball players should slightly bend their knees to produce muscle power when jumping - make sure to relax the body and maintain balance.
  • Good shooters must be able to judge the distance between them and the basketball hoop, focusing on the back of the rim where it meets the backboard.
  • Basketball players must grip the basketball with their fingertips while shooting, not their entire hand - the firm portion of the grip is in the pinky and thumb.
  • Basketball players bring the basketball above their head and angle their elbow and wrist to where they are at a 90 degree angle with their shoulder.
  • Basketball players are able to develop greater accuracy in shooting the basketball if they direct their shooting hand in alignment with the basketball hoop.
  • Basketball players will often jump as they extend their forearm and snap their wrist.
  • Jumping needs to be smooth and not forced - a forced shot could easily lose momentum and control. Jump up, get hang time, and shoot the basketball.
  • Good players can play off the defense, meaning they can easily read the defense and quickly decide what basketball shot they have available to make.

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