The BEEF Method (and who shouldn't use it)
Locate your basket or rim just a second before you are about to shoot the ball. This gives your mind more time to make a judgment that will end in a successful shot. Your eyes should locate the rim or the basket as you are moving closer to make the shot. Maintain Your Follow Through. Every player hears this phrase a million times from his coach, but still doesn't follow it. Maintaining your follow through resolves many problems.
It is a simple, yet effective tip, that helps you maintain a good balance without you even realizing it. Score the Point with a Floppy Wrist. This is one of the most common mistakes that all players make while scoring a point. Keep your wrists as relaxed as possible while attempting a shot. While practicing, always use a colored basketball. It improves the straightness of the shot. A colored basketball makes it easier to see the rotation and direction of the ball.
Never copy any famous player while shooting. Most youngsters try to mimic Kobe Bryant or Michael Jordan. Trust me, it's not going to lead you anywhere, and you'll just end up missing many shots. It is one of the most stupidest things that players do. Never think about your shot while you are in a game. Do that during practice; it's alright to think during a shooting session. During a game, just concentrate on your game and go with the rhythm.
Watch games that include great players over and over again. You can never stop learning. The ball should feel like part of your arm, extending into the hoop. Practice lay-ups from both sides. Using the proper form, you should make a lay-up every time. Practicing lay-ups especially with your non-writing hand is a great way to make you a more versatile player.
Dribble toward the basket from the three-point line at a diagonal. When you get to the lane line, you'll have two more steps to the hoop. If you're on your right, dribble one last dribble when you step on the lane line with your right foot, then plant and jump from with your left. If you're on the left, do the opposite. On your right side, bring your right hand up with the ball in it and your right knee up at the same time. Imagine your elbow was attached to your knee with a string.
Lay the ball off the backboard by aiming at the top right corner of the box behind the rim. Don't try to bounce it off with any force--your momentum coming in and up should do most of the work.
Go around the world. Once you've got the mechanics of your shot down, practice shooting from different parts of the court. For this exercise it helps to have a friend or teammate grab your rebounds and pass the ball back quickly.
This drill involves at least 7 positions, but you can tailor it to your needs. You have to make each shot before you move to the next position on the court. Do it as quickly and with as few shots as possible. Start by shooting a lay-up. Run immediately to the baseline at a point in between the lane line and the three-point line. Have your friend pass you the ball and keep shooting from there until you make it.
From there, run to a point in between the corner of the lane and the baseline and shoot again. Then move to the corner, then the free-throw line. Keep moving around the lane until you've made your way around. Expand the game to include the same points on the three-point line when you're consistently making shots in the lane.
Shoot free-throws until you can do it in your sleep. An undefended shot, free-throws are the purest display of shooting mechanics.
You can't let your feet leave the ground, so you've got to perfect your motion and your accuracy. See how many free-throws you can hit in a row.
Practice shooting free-throws when you're cold and when you're totally winded. If you can consistently make free-throws while breathing heavily after running lines or doing dribbling drills, you'll be in good shape for a game. Practice fade-aways, hook-shots, other close-range techniques while being defended. It's never going to be easy to get off a clean shot. If you've been practicing by yourself and making all kinds of shots from all distances, it can be quite a shock to get in the game and hit nothing but bricks.
A defender hurries you, gets in your face, and will try to steal or block your shot. A quick turn-around or fade-away shot will require you to over-correct with your arm for going backwards. You'll lose the strength you get from pushing off with your legs. Play "Horse" This playground game is perfect for developing shot proficiency from all corners of the court.
When you call your shots, it's tempting to shoot the easy ones, but when you've got someone else picking where you shoot, things can get a lot more interesting. Develop your defensive stance. The first step in developing your defensive game is in your stance. Keep a wide base with your body weight on the balls of your feet. Keep your butt down and your hips back. Your arms should be always up and out. Don't reach in or touch the offensive player too much or you'll be called for fouls.
Use them to distract the player and try to block passes and shots. Focus your eyes on the player's waist and chest, not the ball. This will give you more of an idea where he will try to go. Make sure that you don't focus on the opposing player's stomach or feet. They will beat you to the basket every time if you do so.
Practice your shuffle step. A common basketball practice drill will include shuffle-stepping moving quickly sideways down the court and back. Practice switching directions by having a teammate dribble left and right. Move back and forth in the defensive stance while mirroring the movements. Trap the offensive player with your feet.
Push the offensive player toward the sideline by putting your lead foot in between his lane to the hoop. So, if he's coming down the middle, push him to the left by leading with your right foot. You want to close off the access to the lane and to the basket, so trying to push the offensive player toward the side will mess up the offensive plan. Have a teammate dribble down the court from one baseline to the other.
Play defense with your hands behind your back, forcing the dribbler to change directions with your feet. You'll need to quickly shuffle step down the court to stay ahead and direct the person with the ball. A common mistake players make is jumping too often to try to block a shot. When you're off your feet, you're less useful as a defender. If you think the person you're guarding is going to shoot, raise your hands in the air, but don't jump.
Disrupting the view of the basket can be just as effective in making the shot miss as blocking it. When rebounding box out and slip in front of another rebounder to intercept, always box out. It may sound obvious, but making crisp and accurate passes can be the difference between a good team and a collection of individual players. Even if you're all talented individually, learning to work well as a unit is necessary for success on the court.
Team drills will help your group become efficient passers: Simulate a fast break. In a group of five, move all the way down the court without dribbling the ball, letting the ball touch the floor, or moving your feet when the ball is in your hands. Play hot potato literally. Having someone control some music playing in the background and pause it suddenly. Whoever is holding the ball when the music stops is out.
You should be passing quickly and crisply, without dribbling. As you as you get the ball, look for someone to pass it to. Learn the role of your position. While it may be fun to drop back for a three-pointer every time your hand touches the ball, it's typically not the job of the center to do that.
Talk to your teammates and your coach to find out where you need to be on particular plays. The point guard is the court general. At this position, you need to see the court and set up the offense.
You need to be a selfless passer and good shooter. You also need to have a good handle of the ball and court vision. The shooting guard is the back-up to the point guard. Usually, this is the best shooter or offensive player on the team. The small forward is the most versatile. You need to be a good shooter with the ability to go up for rebounds on offense or defense, and good vision to be able to kick the ball back out to the guards to set up the offense again.
The power forward is a good defensive player, shot blocker, and an excellent player in the lane. This is maybe the most physical player on the team.
The center is among other things probably the tallest player on the team. You should also be an excellent rebounder and passer, with the ability to control the lane game on offense. Use other players for inspiration. When you watch an NBA or college game, specifically watch the players who play the same position you do. Where is the power forward while the shooting guard takes a three-point shot?
What does the guard do while the center goes up for a rebound on offense? Learn to set clean picks or screens. A pick is set when you're on offense and block a defensive player with your body to allow your teammate a clear lane with the ball. You need to have your feet set cleanly and be static, or this will be called a foul. It requires a great deal of communication with your teammate, who should drive the defensive player into your pick, instead of you driving yourself into the player.
The most likely reason is your shooting hand is off more to one side of the ball. Try to keep your shooting hand under the ball as much as you can. Not Helpful 9 Helpful If you have a routine, then do the routine. After you do that, take a deep breath. Next, your free throw position should be the same position as your jumper.
Then relax, bend your knees, and shoot. Follow through on every free throw you take. Make sure it has the same arc as your jumper. Not Helpful 17 Helpful In a game of basketball, the more you shoot depends on how much you've shot when practicing. If you are confident enough in your shot, put up 20 shots; it works for Kobe and Curry because of their confidence. If you no confidence, you have no shot. Not Helpful 24 Helpful Place the left hand on the left side and the right on the back middle toward your chest.
Push through with your right hand and body. Not Helpful 13 Helpful You're never going to be able to always make them. But, with practice and consistency in your form you can improve your percentage.
Not Helpful 10 Helpful Protect the ball and hold it tightly once you pick it up. Don't give the opponents a chance to take a charge, and learn how to finish with a great shot. Not Helpful 7 Helpful I use the B.
F technique and I still miss the jump shots. What should I do to correct this? Your right hand elbow if you are a right hand shooter or arc should be at a degree angle. This is when you flick your fingers at the end of the shot and leave it there until the ball either goes in or out.
Don't force a shot. Either try a move to beat them and shoot off the dribble, or pass the ball to an open teammate.