Wrist Flipping, Release, Follow Through

Q: I don't understand your method of not flipping your wrist. When you shoot the ball, you have to flip your wrist to propel the ball up. Could you explain this better to me?

A: The wrist flips or bends, but it is not FLIPPED intentionally. By that I mean that the wrist flexes and the hand bounces if they are relaxed, and that is the goal. When you do that, you have the fewest possible variables. The "flip" or "flopping action" is created by the arm straightening quickly. Note the power is coming from the legs and from the arm straightening, not any wrist or hand power. It's a different way to shoot, but you'll find it's the way most great shooters shoot. Yes, you can get more power by flipping (intentionally) the wrist, but it is a horizontal power source and adds variables.

Q: What could I do to better align my elbow to the rim?

A: I don't advocate aligning the elbow. Align, instead, your shooting hand, the palm, get that pointed directly on line with the target. When you do, the elbow will be out to the right a bit. That's normal. Forget the elbow. If you have the hand in line and push it directly on the line, the elbow will start to the right and just normally straighten. Test it.

Q: Could you give me all the steps of a correct follow-through?

A: Just relax the wrist and hand, straighten the arm directly in line with the target, and hold the follow through until the ball gets to the basket, approximately. The "completion" of the shot is very important for that last bit of power and control. The hand will flop forward, if wrist and hand are totally relaxed. If they are doing anything else, then you are doing extra stuff and it will interfere.

Q: When I shoot, do I have to bend my knees a lot to achieve the UpForce?

A: Just intend to get more or less UpForce and see what the body does. It doesn't have to be a huge bend to get a large source of power. A great force can be generated with a small or medium sized bend. Play with it. Don't make rules out of this.

Q: Should I shoot in the middle of my jump or the beginning?

A: For all outside jumpers and free throws, aim to shoot quickly on the way up, in the "beginning." I like to look at a "percentage" of available leg power. 100% just means you are catching all of it. If you are just 5-6 feet away, then you don't need all the U/F and can hesitate a bit before shooting, but don't wait until the top of the jump. You need to use some of that power source to stabilize the shot.

Q: When I shoot my body is kind of to the side(30 degrees), is this okay?

A: That sounds like it will work. I'm not into rules as to exact degrees of rotation, etc.

Q: Should I extend my arms all the way to get a correct follow - through?

A: I believe so, because then it is more predictable, more repeatable. If you short-arm, it will tend to make the shot more wristy (flippy), and is not repeatable.

Test all this stuff out. It's not hidden stuff. It's right out there. Most coaching instruction leads you away from the natural. Keep it simple and observe carefully what happens. Your experience will teach you.