Range

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....

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...

Watching the Ball Mid-Flight

Coaching is full of contradictions.  Play aggressive defense, but don’t foul.  Make quick decisions, but don’t turn the ball over.  Box out, but just go get the ball.  We are all guilty of it, and it will probably never change. The reality is, we are trying to prepare...

The Trouble With Copying Steph

“But Steph does it and he's a great shooter.” That's usually what I hear from young players when I suggest a fundamental that they don't want to hear. “Try to get your feet wider apart so that you have better balance,” I'll say. “But Steph has narrow feet when he...

Building Your Range

Building Range Steph Curry has been great for the game of basketball. He's made shooting cool again. I'm about as critical as anyone about shooters, but even I agree he's probably the greatest shot-maker that the game has ever seen. That doesn't mean I think he has...