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How To Shoot A Basketball

Below are thirteen tips for how to shoot a basketball:

How to shoot a basketball: 1. Foot placement 2. Body balance 3. Body flex 4. Eye focus 5. Hand hold 6. Hand position 7. Hand release 8. Legs 9. Follow through 10. Arc of ball flight 11. Range 12. Defenders 13. Practice

Foot placement: The foot under your shooting hand should be about one half foot length forward rather than parallel with the other foot. It should be in this position when shooting a set shot or before jumping for a jump shot.

Body balance: Your body and its center of gravity should be between your feet prior to shooting the basketball.

Body flex: Your knees, ankles, elbows, wrists, should be bent prior to shooting the basketball.

Eye focus: Your eyes should focus on the basket area. Coaches teaching how to shoot a basketball disagree on the specific target. It is your preference whether you focus on the front of the basket, the back of the basket, an imaginary pair of lines leading upward from the side edges of the basket, the oval inside the basket, or another point of visual focus. The important thing is to be consistent with the one you use unless there is reason to change.

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Hand hold: Your hands should hold the basketball firmly enough to give you control of the basketball.

Hand position: As your arms raise the basketball, your shooting hand and it's elbow should move under the basketball ball.

Hand release: Somewhere between you shoulders and your release of the ball your non-shooting hand should be removed from the basketball so that your release with your shooting hand is not hindered by your non-shooting hand's contact with the basketball. Coaches teaching how to shoot a basketball disagree on the specific point at which the non-shooting hand should be released. The non-shooting hand is used only to help raise the ball to a point from which it is shot with the shooting hand.

Legs: Some coaches teaching how to shoot a basketball believe that the distance of the shot is controlled by the power from the legs. The farther the shot, the more leg power is used. This technique leaves the shooting hand free to direct the flight of the ball without adding power to get the ball to the basket. The power from the legs get the ball the distance to the basket, the shooting hand makes sure the ball falls on your visual target.

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Follow through: The shooting arm fully extends and the shooting wrist flicks the basketball toward the visual target. The wrist flick gives the backspin rotation to the basketball. Coaches teaching how to shoot a basketball debate about the degree to which the arm extension is upward caused by a raising of the arm between the shoulder and the elbow and the degree to which the arm extension is forward caused by an extension of the arm between the elbow and the wrist. See what works best for you keeping in mind the advantages of a good sized arc of ball flight.

Arc of ball flight: The greatest distance would be achieved by a shot that is released at a 45 degree angle. However, distance isn't necessary if the shot does not require maximum distance. Therefore thought should be given to using a higher release angle to increase the size of the hoop opening through which the basketball may fall when it reaches your visual target. When the hoop is looked at from straight on it is a closed line, when it is looked at from directly above it is a wide open circle, and when it is looked at from an angle it is an oval. Obviously the best chances of the ball falling through the basket is when the basketball is falling from directly above the basket. This would suggest that a higher arc of ball flight is more likely to lead to a basket and a lower arch of ball flight is less likely to lead to a basket.

Range: To increase your chances of making your shot, you should only shoot shots from distances from which you have had success at shooting previously.

Defenders: To increase your chances of making your shot, you should create space between you and the defenders prior to shooting.

Practice: The more you practice the shots you will be likely to attempt in your team's offense, and practice them at game speed, under game adrenaline and game fatigue conditions, the more likely your practice will result in desired game performance.

If you refer to the above tips for how to shoot a basketball as you learn and practice shooting, and whenever your touch goes missing, you should master the fundamentals of how to shoot a basketball.

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