Tips And Techniques For Basketball Players: Play Like A Pro! Shooting Drills

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Basketball is an amazing game, a quick-paced, non-stop sport with end-to-end action, featuring great athletes with incredible hand-eye coordination. There are many ways amateur athletes can improve themselves and their game to help them play like a pro. By practicing drills, conditioning, following a strict diet, and improving hand-eye coordination, you’ll be paying like your favorite pros in no time.

Drills

There are five parts to the game of basketball that an athlete must concern himself with. They are shooting, passing, rebounding, ball-handling, and the movement around the court. There are many drills in each of these categories that can help. While there are different schools of thought on how to practice, the following is just a sample of the many ways there are to improve basketball skills through practicing drills.

Shooting

There are many facets to an offense. The two basic facets to any offense: Shooting and passing.

Here are some examples of shooting drills:

  1. Basic shooting
    One player stands anywhere in the half court while another player stands under the basket. The ball is passed to the player on the court, who catches the ball low with knees bent, and shoots a jump shot. That player gets his own rebound and passes to the other player, who has set up anywhere on the court.
  2. Bank shot
    This may be the simplest of all drills. Stand as far under the basket as you can and still make a bank shot. Then repeat 50 to 100 times. This basic drill not only improves technique, but also improves arm strength.
  3. Range drill
    This drill can be done using one or two players. Player One stands 15 feet from the basket while Player Two starts under the basket. Player Two starts the drill by passing the ball to Player One, who quickly shoots the ball. Player One charges in for his own rebound while Player Two runs out to get set for a 15-foot shot. Player One then passes the ball to Player Two, and the drill is repeated in this fashion until both players have shot five times. Then the players do the drill at the 3-point line. Then the players repeat the drill at least a step beyond the 3-point line, and as far as the NBA 3-point line if you have the range. Then come back to the NCAA 3-point line and then back to a 15-foot shot. The drill follows the progressive and regressive shots for two reasons. Following the NCAA 3-pointer and the 15-footer after the NBA 3-pointer will make the closer shots seem easier, and impress upon the importance of the closer shot.

Free throws
There is nothing more important than the free throw in the game of basketball. This is one area that an amateur can actually exceed the skills of a professional player, as the easy free throw has been pushed to the side in favor of the long range bomb and the slam dunk. That’s the basketball equivalent of the golfing adage “drive for show, putt for dough.” The drill is basic: The shooter takes ten free throws. For each of the ten shots that were missed, a wind sprint is run. Then repeat until the shooter makes all 10 shots. This free through drill is good for a team or an individual. If it’s a team situation, the entire team runs the wind sprint. This gives motivation for the shooter to not miss shots. If it’s an individual drill, it’s an excellent source of self discipline. The shooter has to have it in them to be honest with the number of shots they missed

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