The Perfect Form to Shoot a Basketball
When shooting a basketball, it is essential to have the perfect form in order to maximize your best chance of the ball going in. There are plenty of examples of good shooters with bad forms but take a look a Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Steve Nash, and Ray Allen (4 of arguably the greatest shooters of all time). If your form is off even by a little bit, your shot will most likely not make it in. Here are some tips on how to have the perfect form when shooting a basketball.
- First, you want to make sure that you are lined up with the basket. You can do this by holding your arm out and looking at the backboard and rim. If your arm is in line with the rim, then you are good to go.
- Next, you want to place your feet shoulder-width apart and slightly bend your knees. This will give you a strong base and allow you to jump properly when shooting the ball.
- Once you have your feet in place, hold the ball with your shooting hand and place your non-shooting hand on the side of the ball. Your fingers should be spread out and not touching the ball. This will give you more control over the ball.
- When you are ready to shoot, bring the ball up to eye level and flick your wrists so that the ball spins when it leaves your hand. This will give it more rotation and make it more likely to go in.
- As you are flicking your wrist, extend your arm and release the ball from above your head. Make sure that you follow through with your shot by extending your arm all the way until your hand is above your head. This will help ensure that you put enough power behind the shot. (put your hand in the cookie jar was always my favorite quote to think about.)
- Lastly, as you are releasing the ball, jump straight up into the air at the same time and land on two feet so that you are ready to play defense or grab another rebound. You should be shooting on the way up on your jump.. not on the way down. By following these simple steps, you can easily improve your form and make more shots!
With practice and some helpful tips, anyone can improve their shooting percentage. In basketball, as with any sport, practice makes perfect! So get out there and start practicing today!