At first glance, all basketball players seems to shoot the basketball in the same form. Yet, the fact is that all basketball players give their basketball shooting form their own spin (pun intended), making it different from players to players and giving rise to basketball player's signature moves. Look at how some NBA basketball players shoot!
Basketball shooting skills
There are several skills that enables you to score in a basketball game. You can score by performing the basic basketball set-shot, lay-up, and hook shot. After the explanation of each basketball shooting skill is a list of very useful basketball moves using the basketball skill as the underpinning. Basketball shooting is not chucking a pop can into a garbage bin . Let's take a close look at various basketball shooting skills
Basic basketball shot - Set shot
The basic basketball shot is simple and beautiful but by no means simplistic. As pointed out previously, everyone shoots the basketball differently. Yet, there is a general procedure that all good basketball shooters more or less follow.
In sum, you are shooting a basketball with the kinetic energy transferred from your legs to your hands. The most optimal case is that the snap of wrist only directs the basketball and adds backspin to it. You should also shoot the basketball as naturally as possible. In the event that the power from your legs is not enough to shoot the basketball, (for example, you are doing a fade-away and a portion of the leg power is directed towards the back.) you are forced to use your wrist in a controlled manner. In particular, do not forcefully use your wrist or jerk your wrist for extra power. This will greatly reduce your shot accuracy.
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Tips on perfecting the basketball Set Shot
I interviewed seasoned basketball team players and coaches to reflect on their basketball shooting experience and came up with the following tips on shooting a basketball
Basketball moves derived from the basketball set shot
Jump Shot: when given space, this is the most popular way to shoot the basketball in this era.
Fade Away: Michael Jordan own this basketball move, know it even if you don't know how to do it.
Leaner: A dominant basketball move when you have the height advantage over your opponent.
Bank Shot: Duncan's signature basketball move, efficient, effective and easy to execute.
Free Throw: Theoretically the easiest shot.
If my advice is not enough, you could try Tom's. He is a seasoned basketball coach and his advice is simple and direct. It sets a firm goal for the players who want to improve their shooting, but don't know what to do otherthan just simply continuously shooting the hoop. The DVD covers the mechanics of shooting, alignment, foot stance, vision, and wrist-hand release position. I have discussed most of them here and Tom goes into details on it and tells you exactly how to practice step-by-step. Try finding them at your local DVD store, or buy them at Amazon.com with free shipping.
Lay up gives rise to basketball scoring without halting a burst. Once you get up in the air, there are many ways to maneuver the ball provided you increase your vertical jump to certain level. Yet, before you take off in the air, there are basically two ways to approach the basketball hoop and lay the ball in. Let's take a look at lay up in a nutshell.
Start by dribbling the basketball towards the right side of the basketball hoop with your right hand.
Then you have two options:
Or Alternately, you can
Tips on perfecting a basketball lay-up
Doing a basketball lay-up slowly with no defenders is very easy but not so when you are guarded. Here are the tips for scoring in a lay-up under pressure
Basketball moves derived from the lay-up
Finger Roll: The most widely used lay-up method in basketball nowadays
Three Pointers: The threes seem to be a blessing when it comes to outscoring the opposition, but...
Reverse lay-up: two defenders jumps at you on the near side, go to the other side
Tear Drop: Oh yeah, make the hoop cry and make your defenders cry
Up-and-Under: The move spells out, "I refuse to commit myself."
Hook shot is deadly in 1 on 1 situations. When executed correctly, it enables the offending player to separate the defender and the ball by shoulder length. As a result, the basketball shot will have ample time to gain height before the defender has a chance to contest this almost unblockable shot. To do a hook shot,
Basketball moves derived from the hook shot
Sky Hook: The most popular shot in the last basketball era
Baby Hook: The evolution of the skyhook points towards downsizing the arm swing
Basketball Shooting Drills
To put everything together about shooting, the old saying really applies: Practice makes perfect. If you are sick of having to pick up the ball every time you practice, you need to get a shot-returner. It is a neat little gadget that returns the ball to you every time you make a shot. Yup, if you miss and the ball bounces elsewhere, you need to go pick it up yourself. It is one extra motivation for you to get the darn ball in! It only costs $13.29 at Amazon.com which is a bargain actually. I don't think you can get it anywhere cheaper including Wal-Mart and eBay.