Let's Look at the Hand Position

As I was practicing recently, having fun learning and observing the learning process (and drilling shots from 6-10 feet away, over and over and over), I noticed recently the very important thing we can call the Hand Position. Where the hand is in the setting and release of a basketball is critical for control and accuracy.

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Humble Free Throw - Why So Misunderstood and Mis-Performed?

We see and hear mention on TV during college and NBA/WNBA games about the often mediocre performance from the Free Throw line. Nightly we see high-paid NBA players who often can't make more than 50-60% of their "free" shots. Teams sometimes shoot only 50% from the Line for a whole game, 15 for 30 recently for Cleveland, for example. Solutions are rarely stated, usually just the announcers' surprise at the poor level of shooting.

So what's the problem? What can be done about it?

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Basketball Shooting : How to Get Accuracy, Consistency and Repeatability

I just did some clinics in northern California and noticed again the critical nature of these three qualities in a player's shooting. To shoot well, you have to have ACCURACY under control. Direction is critical, especially for the longer shots and the three's when the basket gets smaller and smaller and there's less room for error. CONSISTENCY in shooting performance is also needed, else your results will be streaky and spotty. And REPEATABILITY is the name we give to a motion that is so learned and mastered it can go on automatic.

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I Teach Players to Coach Themselves and Others in Shooting!

It's one thing to teach people what they're "supposed" to do and then judge them on how well they do it. It's another to teach them to "know" what they're doing and where they want to get (the most effective way to perform an action, for example) and how to get there. Once they "know," then they can coach themselves. They reach a state of awareness where they know what works and what doesn't work. They have a sense of all the possibilities, not just the one action you (or they) think they "should" know.

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