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post #31 of 38
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Originally Posted by JumpmanFromDaBay View Post

Got to have Confidence

pretty much, stop over thinking.

i used to think too much about my jumpshot which caused me to be very inconsinstent. i just thought all the time about my form, release, etc, etc and caused me to shoot differently and what not everyday.

then i said F it and just stopped thinking, got in the gym and shot a couple hundred every night. once you stop thinking about it, it comes so much easier. seriously.
post #32 of 38
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post #33 of 38
It all starts with your footwork. You're probably not balanced properly when you shoot.

You should also try to snap your wrist and give your shot a nice arc. Get a Wilson Wave ball for practice.

Also, spread your fingers don't use too much force when shooting. The best shooters all have a soft touch when they shoot.

I don't recommend shooting like Ray Allen, because his form is pure muscle memory. Getting to level takes years of conditioning and use of proper form.

If you go back to that picture someone posted of Ray Allen shooting, pay attention to the last 4-5 animations he does before the ball is released. That pretty much tells you everything you need to know about shooting. All the best shooters will have close to the same motions. If you notice carefully you see he's using very little energy on his upper body and arms/hands. Most of the energy is in his lower body. Plus, his follow through is perfect as well. It's like the ball is apart of his body when he follows through. That's how you should feel when shooting. That takes a lot of time and work.

Confidence is huge too, like most people have said. When you think too much, mechanics and form all go out the window and you end up "aiming" your shot. Just relax and keep shooting. Eventually one shot will go in and that's all you'll need to get out of a funk. Any shooter will say the samething.
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post #34 of 38
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Originally Posted by mgrand15 View Post

Damn, you are thinking WAY WAY too much. You're asking about flopping the wrist or flicking it, the seams on the ball, giving up. You are way too focused on minor details. The finer parts of a shot are important but as long as you're elevating, releasing the ball quickly, getting decent arc on it and getting some sort of rotation on the ball - you're good. The other stuff should be about your comfort and repetition.

How bad of a shooter are you? Like, in game, you can't take anything but layups? Or are you just upset because you aren't a knockdown shooter?

It sounds like you need more confidence in your game. You've put the hours in the gym. Just let them fly during games.

Uh to answer your first question, if I shoot in a game i'll likely brick. i usually don't shoot in games, though. so yea, layups only pretty much.

Anyways, I took the advice of everyone saying I was overthinking it. I went to th gym and shot a bunch of 15/17 ft. jumpers. And I completely ignored form. And I started making them. Like, a lot of them. I had way better accuracy, range, I felt more comfortable, and my form was more consistent. Now, the thing is though, this new form is more of a Lebron/Jarret Jack type shot (form wise only, of course). The ball is almost directly over my head, just slightly in front, it's centered with my body, my hand is at a 30 degree angle instead of being flat under the ball, and instead of shooting the ball upwards it feels like I'm flicking it forwards

But it seems to to work well, so I guess I'll stick with it, even though it's not really proper.
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post #35 of 38
Yeah, you gotta get rid of that mentality. If you're just playing pick up games, you should NEVER be afraid to shoot. If you can't shoot 3s, just spot up from a little closer. Trust me, just the threat of you being willing to shoot that open jump shot opens up your game and everyone elses.
post #36 of 38

This may be old but I actually find it one of the best shooting instructional videos out there. Covers everything from mechanics to psychology. It's a series of 5 or 6 videos.

 

(sorry embedding this video is disabled)

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-nV0Gzof_0
 

post #37 of 38
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Anyways, I took the advice of everyone saying I was overthinking it.

Exactly...just get the basics down


- square to the rim
- feet set
- ball on fingertips
- jump
- shoot

Unless you are just naturally talented it takes hours, days, and months, to get a wet J and that's before playing against other people. Get the basics down alone, then go test your skills against the best. Don't be afraid to shoot...don't be afraid to pull out that new move you learned...if you don't do it against competition you'll never get better.

When I first picked up bball as a kid. I played for hours in my backyard. Shooting, practicing moves I saw on TV...I'd then go to the best blacktop in town to see what I had. Rinse...repeat...

I got my butt whupped on many occassions as a kid, but as I got older and better I started handin' out the beat downs.
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post #38 of 38

Most of these guys are saying you need the proper form and they are right. However, everyone has a different shooting style so do what feels comfortable and change it if it doesn't work. You look at all great shooters and they all have one thing in common: great foot work and balance. Thats the key. You need a stable base to launch off of so your shot has a better chance to go in. Now, its the form that comes into play. Yeah Ray Allen or Allan Houston have the "perfect" form. But you can also look at other above average shooters like John Stockton, Kevin Martin, Reggie Miller, or even Matt Bonner and they all have different techniques. It all comes down to practice and launching hundreds of jumpers within your comfort level.

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