Off-the-dribble

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...

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....

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,...

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...

Off The Bounce

When we think of “low percentage shots,” we don't really think of pull up jump shots. The picture we probably have in our minds is a turn around, fall away, or a step back jumper. In the NBA Finals last year, late in a game, JR Smith caught the ball, wide open at the...