Be a Better Shooter in 10 Minutes
Times have really changed. It used to be that players would go years before they ever saw themselves shoot the ball. There were no cameras in phones and video cameras were either cumbersome, expensive, or non-existent. Now, everyone has a great camera available right in their pocket.
Whether you are a player, coach, or parent, make sure you are taking advantage of this great technology by frequently taking video (I’m so old I keep wanting to call it “videotaping” but there is no tape anymore) of your shot, and look at it with a critical eye.
It’s amazing the difference between what you feel and what you might actually be doing. I have learned through my years of coaching this is very important. I did this with my own golf swing years ago. I was a decent golfer, but a full-fledged nerd, and my wife bought me a video lesson for our anniversary. I met the golf pro, we chatted for a few minutes, then he took video of a few swings. He pulled the video up on his laptop, and the second (I mean THE SECOND) the first frame of paused video came up on screen, I learned something. I thought I had a good golf swing. People even told me I had a good swing. But as soon as I saw the video I realized I didn’t look like a golfer.
I would bend my knees too much, not at the hips enough, and I swung around my body. My swing felt comfortable, so I didn’t realize I was doing anything wrong until I saw the video. I thought I was in good positions, and that all I needed to do to improve was practice a lot more. Once I saw the video I knew there was more to it than that. Now I knew my swing was flawed, and the instructor was teaching me what to fix and how to fix it. I improved dramatically over the next 5 lessons.
Recently I took video of my own shot for a couple of drills I needed to explain. I was surprised how wide my feet were. I knew I was wider than most people, and I believe that wide feet are important, but I didn’t realize that I might have actually pushed it too far.
All young players think they look like the great shooters when they shoot. Just like I thought I looked like Tiger Woods when I swung a golf club. But you can learn so much more just by taking video of yourself and watching it.
I would recommend you set the camera up close enough to the shooter, and directly in front of the shooter, with their whole body (including the follow through) filling the screen. Use the slo-motion feature on your phone if you have one. Don’t follow the ball; keep the camera locked on the shooter. Record about 5 attempts of the same shot. Then move the camera to a 90 degree angle on the shooting hand side. And do the same from over the shooters shooting shoulder.
I think you’ll learn something very quickly, and then you can start to use my blogs to check specific things you do on your shot. Not what you think you do.