ADVANCED SHOOTING DRILLS
by Sandy Hoffman
Basketball is a sport that requires good if not amazing shooting skills. This is because the goal of this sport is to be able to shoot the ball into the hoop and gain points for the team. Now, here are some shooting drills for basketball that may be able to improve one's shooting skills.
Number one: Floor shooting drill. This drill helps to develop a shooter's touch on the pads of the hands and fingers, and it helps to create a consistent shooting motion with your shooting arm as well. It is a great drill for developing follow-through and a positive visualization. In order to perform this drill, you should lie down on your back and hold the ball in a shooting position. Shoot the ball in the air by extending your arm, letting your wrist naturally propel the ball up into the air, holding your shooting arm straight while the ball is in the air, and catching the ball with your shooting hand on the pads of your hand and fingers.
Number two: 21
With this drill, you should divide your players or team up into three to five lines. Place the lines in the corner, wing, foul line, opposite wing, and opposite corner or where ever you want them to shoot from. Shoot and follow your own shot, pass back to the line that you were in, and return to that line. Keep doing this until a group reaches 21.
Westhead drill. This drill is great for enhancing muscle memory through physical and mental practice. Adapted from Paul Westhead who has been a college and professional basketball coach for about thirty years, this drill helps develop hand-eye coordination as well.
To perform this drill, shoot five shots and picture five successful shots in your mind. Shoot five more shots, close your eyes, and picture five successful shots. Open your eyes and shoot five, and take five real shots with your eyes closed.
These are just three shooting drills for basketball that may be able to improve your shooting skills and help you become the amazing shooting machine that people will admire.
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