Index Finger On The Middle

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  1. Bob Topp

    Dave, This is a great article on one of the key elements of straightness of the shot. I see a lot of that “little bit left, little bit right-I hope it goes straight” approaches in the lift. Doing that spells inconsistency to me.
    May I copy this to my Facebook page called Shot Doctor Basketball?

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    • Coach Dave

      Of course!
      Thanks for the comment. Yes, the index finger is key to me!

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  2. Phillip Austen

    Totally agree Dave , as you say, simple physics and the concept of ” resultant” force. For those that mention the success of middle finger shooters I ask but how would they know. Getting one’ s index or middle finger spot on ball centre during game play is not that precise. I would suggest that for either preference, there would be many occasions where the centre is between the two fingers. Difficult if not impossible to isolate in order to prove one way or the other, and a large amount of data is needed which is also not possible to get.
    So I am teaching the pointing finger as a key grip characteristic on the strength of the science.

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    • Coach Dave

      It’s sooooo hard to measure, especially by photographs, which is what everyone goes to. I prefer to watch shooters (luckily I’m in a position to be able to watch the best) and I would say 90% of their index finger on the bottom of the ball at the set point. And there are players that I’ve worked with where I will suggest the middle finger (one player had a short thumb, one had an inflexible thumb).

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  3. Michael Faello

    Thank you for the great informational content! I always stress balance to my players and I am constantly learning from great minds like yourself on how to teach the game! Thanks for giving back.

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    • Coach Dave

      Thank you! I appreciate the kind words!

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  4. Keith Holubesko

    Great article Dave! I teach the index finger as well. When you cock the wrist to shoot it faces directly at the target whereas the middle finger the wrist faces more diagonal causing a shooter to compensate during the shot which results in overcompensation.

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    • Coach Dave

      Correct, and for most players it is the middle of their hand when they take a shooting grip. For me that is the biggest reason. We want the middle of the hand pushing the middle of the ball straight up.

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