How to master the release

The shot is learned at what I called the Zero Point in the video, that distance where you can, with no leg power or just a "minimal" leg action (like a horizontal rocking motion) to trigger the action, make shot after shot after shot, forever, with no variation. This develops the "Constant Release" I talk about. If your Release is not constant, then consistency and repeatability are not possible. (I now prefer to call the Zero Point the "Pure Release Distance" because it's where you learn and re-learn and re-connect with your "pure" Release.)

You should be able to make 90-95% of your shots or higher from that semi-circle, over and over and over, even with eyes closed.

Watch the Release. Is the wrist totally relaxed? Are you aiming upward, high above the basket, with the ball getting up to 11 1/2-12' or slightly higher before dropping softly into the net, dead center, Swish? That's the goal. If you're not getting that kind of result, then start over, re-approach that motion with a fresh intention. Relax the wrist and hand. It's a "pushing" action, not a throw or flip. Do it without a ball, at first, to see if you are getting it. Then add the ball and see if it changes. Shoot against a wall sometimes, as it will be easier to do and observe yourself without a basket to judge your performance.

The hand will flop forward, directly in line with the basket. Shoot over and over and over, until it's truly ingrained, simple, easy. The arm action is just a high angled push, "full out," at the same speed and force every time, (by "full out," I mean something about 70-75% of max, quite quick and strong). It needs to become automatic, this idea of a "to the end-of-the-arm, can't go any further" Release, no holding back. Once the Release is automatic and repeatable -- and it's supported by a strong leg action as you move further and further away from the basket -- your only decisions are WHEN to shoot and HOW HIGH. That makes it very simple! And the same principles apply to shots off the dribble. In fact with all the movement of those shots, the connection to the lower/middle body energy and having a powerful Release and Follow Through are even more important. (Did you read about the boy making 150 shots in a row in the May Newsletter?

Think of it as "pulling the trigger," which sends off the Release the same every time, like a spring-loaded mechanism, like you're a robot from the shoulders up. If you feel too much power, as you include the leg energy, then simply raise the angle, shoot higher. If not enough, lower the angle. An effective thought is to "never under-jump!" Always jump "at least enough." You can always aim higher.

This is "key" to the Swish Method. Once you can fire off that Release the same every time, no matter what your body is doing, you're shooting will soar!