Consistency

The Role of the Wrist-Snap

It is probably the most iconic image of shooting a basketball.  When to see someone who doesn't play the game mimic a shooting motion, they often make a very pronounced wrist snap.  That is shooting in their mind, and they aren't far off in that assessment.   The...

The Unintentional Fade-Away

First off, I have nothing against fade-aways. If you can shoot them at a high percentage (Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant), then I'm good with them. But I will always choose a balanced shot over a fade-away from the same shooter. The fact of the matter is, when you...

Synchronizing Your Shot

Steph Curry has some of the best range in the history of the NBA.  Steph Curry is also far from strongest players in the NBA.  Very strong for an average human being, but not among the strongest of the freak athletes in the NBA.  The fact is, range isn't based just on...

When Should My Non-Shooting Hand Come Off The Ball?

We've talked in other blogs about the relationship between the shooting hand and the non-shooting hand (NSH).  The two hands do work together, but with one as the supporting actor, and one as the star of the show.   Ultimately, shooting a ball is a one-person-show....

Where Should My Non-Shooting Hand Go?

The role of the non-shooting hand (NSH) is similar to the role of the supporting actor or actress in a movie.  Critical, but not the focal point.   Ultimately, we need the NSH to hold the ball into the shooting hand as we lift the ball from triple threat position to...

Why I Don’t Teach Shoulder Width Feet

"Feet Shoulder Width Apart" drives me crazy. I hate it so much!!!  But probably not for the reason you think.  See, I'm actually on-board with the idea of wide feet, I just LOATH the body part that we all chose as a reference point. Do me a favour (I'm Canadian,...

How Your Ball Path Effects Your Arc

I define the Ball Path as the path that the ball takes to get from triple threat to the set point or shooting pocket.  It really doesn't matter what we call it, but we do need to understand how it affects our shot. It is easy to look at this part of our shot as a...

The Power Doesn’t Just Come From Your Legs

"Bend your legs."  "The power in your shot comes from your legs."   This is what we’ve all heard over and over again throughout our careers.  If I go into clinics and ask 11 year olds where the power in their shot comes from, all the kids that are brave enough to...

Index Finger On The Middle

When I started as a shooting coach I spent most of my time looking at players feet. I believed balance was very important (and still do), and it was relatively easy to see. As I improved as a shooting coach, I was able to see more of the shot and my beliefs started to...

Spine Angle

When we talk about a player's balance we tend to think about their feet.  I do too.  It's important to understand that other parts of our body affect the balance of a shooter, and maximize the chances of them being able to be, and stay on balance. But before we get...