6 Easy Ways to Improve Your Basketball Shooting Percentage

Tip1 – Locate Your Target (the Rim) Earlier


Getting in the habit of locating your target (the rim) earlier will improve your shooting percentage. Why? Locating the rim just a split second earlier gives your brain more time to subconsciously calculate distance and focus on your objective.


Your eyes should be on the rim as early as possible. To make this little trick work, you need to develop this habit in practice, which carries over into games.


Tip2 – Always Hold Your Follow Through


You’ve probably heard this a hundred times but there’s a good reason for it. Holding you’re follow through solves a multitude of shooting problems. This simple movement helps you maintain good basketball shooting technique without even thinking about it.


Tip3 – Finish with a Relaxed Wrist


A common mistake is for players to follow-through with a tense wrist. Your wrist should be as relaxed as possible. Your hand should finish online and even bounce a little during the follow-through.


Tip4 – Use a Colored Ball to Improve Rotation


To improve the straightness of your shot, try a colored basketball during practice.  This makes it easy to see the rotation and direction of the ball. The immediate feedback makes it quick and easy for you to adjust and improve your shot.


Tip5 – Don’t Shoot like Kobe (By Hanging In The Air)


Too many kids try to copy Kobe and end up with bad shots for the REST OF THEIR LIVES! Youngsters have no business trying to hang like Kobe and shoot. 


Kobe is a freak of nature! You should shoot as you’re going up (at least 1 inch before you reach the top of your jump). Trying to mimic Kobe’s shot will just earn you a place on the bench and lots of frustration.


Tip6 – Stop Thinking about Your Shot During Games


One of the worst things you can do is think about your shooting mechanics during a game. Thinking about your shot is for practice, NOT for games! In fact, you should only think during certain parts of your practice. 


It’s ok to think during a form shooting session or when learning a new skill, but once you start developing rhythm and get further into practice, don’t think!


During games, train yourself to think about other things or nothing at all. You’re going to miss a few. 


So what!  Don’t think, just shoot the damn ball!!! If you adopt this mentality, your shooting percentage will go up.


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