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Breaking A Slump

With the NBA teams I’ve worked for, I’m usually assigned players.  The team talks to the players about working with a shooting coach, the player signs off on the idea, then I come into the picture. Over time, you get to know other players, but in most cases I don’t...

Teaching And Learning From One Of The 50 Best Players Of All Time

Early in my NBA career I was lucky enough to spend a week with an older player (I won’t name who it was) that ended up being named one of the 50 greatest players ever.I had NOTHING to do with him making that list.  We spent a week working together on a very small...

Middle Of Your Hand

Hey %FIRSTNAME%,The name of the middle finger can be confusing for young basketball players.  It implies that finger is the middle of everything.  The reality is, all we mean is that “of the 5 digits on your hand, this one is in the middle of the 5”.Why does that...

Guide Hand Issues Are Shooting Hand Issues

Remember how in a previous email we talked about the ball always going in the opposite direction of the force applied to the ball?  I explained how if the hand is on the back of the ball, the ball will go forward, or flat.  And if the hand is on the right side of the...

The Most Important Part Of Shooting A Ball

You may have noticed something over the first few months of learning from me.I never talk (or at least I RARELY talk) about “getting the elbow in”.Quite honestly, I think “get your elbow in” is the most over-taught and least understood advice in basketball.It is the...

Explaining Confusing Terminology

Let’s talk about terminology for a second. But before I even get into too far, let me say that I don’t get hung up on terminology too much.  There was a guy on social media that told me that a player can’t get the guide hand off the ball because I referred to it as a...

Elbow Then Wrist

Poor arc can happen for a number of different reasons ranging from positions the player is in at their set point, or directions of moves with certain parts of the body. The shooting hand can end up on the back of the ball at the set point, the ball can get onto the...

Bruce Lee Would Have Been A Good Shooting Coach

Bruce Lee, the famous actor/kung fu expert had a great quote that leads me to believe he would have made a pretty good shooting coach.“I don’t fear the man that has practiced 10,000 different kicks.  I fear the man that has practiced the same kick 10,000 different...

Looking Up At The Ball

This is another one of those hot twitter debates that people focus on.  Just like rotating your feet when you shoot, in my opinion it is the difference between “does it happen” and “should it happen”?I’ll start by admitting this.  I look up at the ball on occasion...

Warming Up

I grew up a fan of all sports. If there was sports on TV, I would be watching it, but only for about 10 minutes.  At that point, I would be running outside to play the sport I’d just been watching.  I’m Canadian, so there was plenty of time spent playing hockey, but...

Isolating Habits

We seem to understand building habits in other settings so much better than we understand how to change habits in shooting.  There are a couple of analogies I use all the time when it comes to building and changing habits.I’ll talk about taking a snowboarding or...

Wrist Snap

I’ve referred to this a couple of times in the newsletter, but I’ll say it again.Shooting is mostly just simple physics mixed with a little bit of art.The art component comes from the fact that we are just human.  We can create the most complex shooting form, but with...