Sunday, March 31, 2013

90-90-90 Shooting Angle Form

90-90-90 Angles. These are the three angled degrees for a perfect shooting form. Your arm pit should be at 90 degrees, your elbow should be at 90 degrees, and your wrist should be at 90 degrees. The best shooters in the pros will have this form check out their videos and they’ll be showcasing their 90-90-90.

This shooting form is another of those things you want to start in practice, never try to pick it up during a game or in a scrimmage; it’s too hard to focus on. You won’t be able to perfect it.

Shoot at least 100 shots per day

In the off season, Kobe Bryant shoots 2000 shots a day. You can manage at least 100 shots a day. It’s like a daily meal. Get full on 100 shots a day. This will increase your accuracy and maintain your form.

Of course shooting 100 shots or more is much easier and will go faster if you have someone rebounding and passing the ball to you. And if you can, get mom, dad, sister, brother, whoever to rebound for you. Or, I did this a lot growing up, find someone and say if you rebound 100 of my shots, I will rebound 100 of your shots.

Want an ever tougher challenge? Don’t include the shots your miss into your 100 shots. Only include the ones you make. So if you only shot 50%, then it will take 200 shots to make 100. This will help you focus more on the ones you make. Or if you’re trading off with someone, time yourself to see how long it takes to make 100 shots and try to beat your buddies time. Loser has to do the other homework, just kidding. Get the loser to mow your parent’s lawn or do some of your chores, so you can keep playing basketball!

And if you save up your allowance or money from a side job, buy an automatic rebounding training aid. Here’s an example of one. It’s great for free throws. You can also rebound at the free throw line, take a dribble to the right and shoot. Rebound at the free throw line, dribble to the left, shoot.

Like I’ve said before, great basketball play is all about habits. Get into this habit of 100 shots per day and before long it will feel like your day isn’t fulfilled or complete until you get your 100 shots in. Do it before dinner. Do it at open gym before practice. Do it in PE at school. Do it after school at the rec.

One last suggestion. I used to shoot 100 shots, and then take a break and shoot 25 free throws. This helps you catch your breath and it makes your free throw shooting better because you’re shooting when you’re tired just like in a game time situation. The more tired you can shot in practice the better prepared you’ll be for the game! Do two rounds of that and you’ll already have 250 shots!

Where should your elbow be on the follow through?

The higher your elbow on your shot form, the more likely your shot will go in. Think about it for a minute. Put yourself in the perspective of the basketball. As you go flying in the air and come down, the higher you are, the bigger the hoop is. The higher the ball goes, the larger the area is that the ball will go in.

If someone shoots with low arc, the area is limited to where the ball can go. The smaller the area the ball can go in, the lowered the percentage that the ball will go in there. To get your arc higher on your shot, then get your elbow on your follow through above your head. The flatter your arm on follow through, then the flatter your arc will be.

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Saturday, March 30, 2013

Perfecting the Basketball Follow Through

Follow through with your shot. And by follow through I mean the arm you leave in the air after a shot. To develop the habit, when practicing, hold your arm (or follow through) in the air until the ball hits the ground. On the follow through, your wrist should flick down. Watch any professional player who has a good shooting percentage to see examples of their follow through. All the best highlights of Michael Jordan shooting show great form.


Another tip on follow through form. Your elbow should be above your ear. Every single time. This will ensure a high arc on your shot. Which is crucial to make a high percentage of your shots.  Look, it may be difficult to change up and get into the habit of leaving a follow through or getting your elbow high on your shot. That’s fine. That’s what practice is for. Don’t try to change this up in the game. Practice is where you perfect your form, not in the actual game.

Dribble while you're sitting!

You will have a lot of down time before game, after games, during basketball camps. Learn how to dribble under your legs while sitting at the bottom of bleachers in a gym or in a chair at home. This extra dribbling helps fill your free time with dribbling! When sitting, you can do the simple back and forth between the legs. You can move your feet back and do a cross over in front of your legs. Dribble the ball high over your legs. Dribbling hard on one side then dribble hard on the other side. Get creative with it! Before you know it, you’ll be watching tv or a game at the gym and won’t even realize your dribbling.

Dribble hard as much as you can! Listen to Chris Paul below

       The harder you dribble in practice, the harder you’ll dribble in the game. The harder you dribble, the faster the ball moves and the harder it will be for defender the steal the ball from you. The fast dribble will also help you make quicker moves and get past your defender. When you dribbling the ball hard and fast, it’s almost like you’re moving in fast forward speed, especially compared to your teammates who will be dribbling slower than you’re.

      Dribbling hard will also improve your arm strength. Which is never a bad thing in basketball. That strong arm will ward off the defenders. You’ll be able to swat them down like flies.