Basketball is an exciting, fast-paced game and is among the most popular sports currently. Basketball is exciting to both the player and the spectator. Basketball objective is simple; shoot the ball and score highest to win. Excellent shooting is a great asset to a player, especially shooting from a far distance from the goal. Being a great basketball shooter can quickly earn you a college scholarship, as many have earned. Answering the question how to shoot a basketball form the basis of any basketball player who want to be among the best shooters like Larry Bird, but remember Larry didn’t become the best shooter after one successful shot, it is only after consistent practice.
How to shoot a basketball
In this article, we provide in-depth insights on how to shoot a stationery basketball, which is followed, by shooting a ball on the move and the various advanced skills to become a pro. The following is a road map on how to shoot a stationary ball.
a) Keep eye on the target
• The shooting target in basketball is the rim, so locate the rim earlier.
• Always remember not to follow the ball path but rather focus on the target, which is the ring. Basically, the starting point is the focus on the target when shooting.
b) Posture and Balance
• Position your feet apart; close to being parallel with your shoulder line; this helps you to gain stability when shooting.
• The shooting foot should be positioned ahead of the other foot, but ensure you are stable and comfortable. Your direction of feet should be in the direction of the basket.
• After getting the feet positioning and balance right, make sure your feet are lined in the exact position when delivering each shot.
c) The shot pocket
• When you catch the ball, quickly move it to the shot pocket.
• Always ensure you line everything well, ensuring the ball and the shooting eye are in a straight line, towards the basket.
• When shooting, position the ball above your waist, just several inches.
• Always remember to maintain the ball and the foot positioning, in the same way, for every shoot.
d) Ball Grip • When gripping the ball, let the air hole be between the index and middle finger. • Have your fingertips lined to be parallel to the ball’s long seams; this prevents the ball from spinning. • There should be a space between the ball and the middle part of your palm. • Spread the fingers wide apart to enable you comfortably hold the ball on a single palm
e) The balance hand
• Have your non-shooting hand on the side of the basketball, do not exert any pressure or spin the ball using the hand.
• When shooting, the non-shooting hand shouldn’t move with the ball, the hand should release the ball first.
• When shooting, there should be no dipping of the ball; the basketball should be thrown directly from the shot pocket.
• Position your elbow just under the basketball.
• When shooting, the ball shouldn’t go past your head; it should be on the front.
Work to have your ball path be a high arc before it falls through the rim.
Extend the shooting hand towards the rim in a straight line
g) The upforce • Just before you reach the top point when jumping release the ball. • Generate =force when you lump using your leas